News & Events

In October the American Federation of Teachers, the PSC’s national affiliate, filed a class-action lawsuit against Navient, a student loan servicer, for misleading borrowers in public-service professions to stop them from enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The AFT is now exploring further legal action. If your application for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program has been denied and you would be interested in being considered as a possible plaintiff, fill out this confidential survey.

A Special DA has been scheduled at 7pm on Thursday, June 20th to vote on the Resolution to change and increase the dues of Retiree Chapter members only. (The regular DA will adjourn to convene the Special DA.) Retiree members pay a flat dollar amount of dues. Current working members pay a percentage of their pay, so dues increase when there is a salary increase. This dues change will not affect the dues paid by PSC members who are not members of the Retiree Chapter.

Under Article IV, Section 1 of the PSC Constitution, two-thirds (2/3) of the Delegates present at the Special DA must vote in favor of the resolution for the change to be put into effect. As with every DA, it is essential to have a quorum for business to be conducted. Please feel free to contact your chapter Delegates to express your point of view. Chapter Delegates can be found here on the PSC website.

Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez took office on May 1st--May Day--the international day of workers action and solidarity. And 3,000 of us wore REDforED that day to welcome him and deliver a call to action. We wish the chancellor much success, but in order to be successful, he must negotiate a contract that provides educational justice for CUNY students and wage justice for CUNY faculty and staff. To be successful—to protect the mission and the legacy of CUNY—the Chancellor must fight to end the funding crisis at CUNY, and not just preside over further austerity.

PSC recently reached agreement with the CUNY administration to settle two class action grievances concerning implementation of the three-year adjunct appointments. Both are victories for the union. The settlement on jumbo courses applies only to colleges that have an existing practice of paying and awarding workload credit to adjuncts who teach unusually large courses, typically called "jumbo courses." Starting with three-year appointments to be made this May for the 2019-2020 academic year, colleges that normally pay adjuncts for additional hours for teaching extra-large or jumbo courses will now be required to count the additional hours when calculating eligibility for consideration for a three-year appointment. (See paragraph 3 in the settlement agreement.)  The settlement on courses offered by programs affects every college. It answers the question of whether a course taught by an adjunct in a program will be counted toward eligibility for consideration for a three-year appointment by a department.

Faculty, staff and students from throughout the borough of Queens testified Wednesday, April 17 at a hearing organized by the Queens College PSC chapter. State Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and John Liu were there to hear about the union's contract struggle and the impact of underfunding on the quality of education at the City University of New York. At the hearing, Senator Liu publicly criticized the CUNY administration for not fighting hard enough during the budget process and urged the incoming chancellor, Félix Matos Rodríguez, to speak up more.

The Professional Staff Congress has endorsed Farah Louis for NYC Council District, and urges PSC members in Council District 45 to vote for her in the special election on May 14, 2019.

Farah Louis was Councilmember Jumaane Williams’ deputy chief of staff and budget director until stepping down to run for his office. The Council seat became open when Williams was elected to the office of NYC Public Advocate in February. Farah Louis is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who grew up in Flatbush and attended public schools. She is a graduate of Long Island University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Her priorities for CUNY are to remove financial barriers to low-income students’ ability to attend college and to increase CUNY funding to hire more faculty and compensate adjunct faculty fairly. She told the Gotham Gazette that she is proudest of her work on Williams’ staff to pass the Community Safety Act, which created the Inspector General office of the NYPD.