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NYC Electeds Urge CUNY Management to Defend CUNY, Not Find Ways to Dismantle it

Legislators and Council Members Speak Out against Planned Layoffs of Adjuncts, Urge Transparency about Use of $132M in Federal Stimulus Money and Requirement to Protect Jobs

New York elected officials, including NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, two borough presidents, the chair of the NYS Senate Finance Committee and the Higher Education Chairs of the NYS Senate and Assembly and the City Council have signed a letter addressed to Chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees William C. Thompson, Jr and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez expressing concern about the University’s plans for mass layoffs of adjunct faculty and staff in the next five days. Sixty-nine lawmakers endorsed the letter, 17 State Senators, 33 Assemblymembers and 15 City Councilmembers.

“New York must not turn its back on CUNY now,” the letter says. “We call on you, as leaders of the City University system, to be a voice against the destruction of CUNY. We ask you to defend
CUNY at this critical moment in history, not find ways to dismantle it.”

The PSC office will be closed Friday, June 19 in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.

Here are some events and resources to celebrate and honor Black freedom and Black resistance:

New York NY Defend Black Lives Vigil, 8PM. RSVP for this in-person event.

Juneteenth Virtual Block Party, 12PM, RSVP for this online event.

The JusticeforGeorgeNYC Instagram account is a source for centralized information and updates on #JusticeForGeorge and #BlackLivesMatter protests and actions in NYC. It has an extensive list of Juneteenth events.

Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

To: All full-time faculty and teaching adjuncts
From: Renee Lasher (

We wanted you to be aware of the actions we are taking regarding the online teaching training that is being offered during annual leave. This impacts all of our teaching faculty, and we are fighting to protect your rights on two fronts, by making demands directly to CUNY leadership and filing grievances at the college level for violations of multiple provisions of the contract.

CUNY Board Hearing for the People

Speak Your Mind

Friday, June 26 2:30 - 3:30 PM

ON ZOOM: Participants will be emailed the Zoom registration link and instructions the day before the event.

TESTIMONY: The PSC will accept written testimony from any hearing participant who wishes to submit it. A link for written testimony submissions will be made available to participants during the hearing. Oral testimony presented on Zoom will be limited to two-minutes and subject to available time.

Please register here to participate via Zoom!

Save Lives. Save Jobs. Save CUNY.

*Routes to be announced. Start making signs now to decorate the hood and windows of your car. Bikers can wear signs on their backs or handle bars. Use hashtags: #CutCovidNotCUNY #CUNYSummerofStruggle #MakeBillionairesPay

Our Demands

No return to in-person work without a safe return!
No Cuts! No Layoffs!
No Tuition Hike! No Fee Increase!

IN PERSON: Hostos Community College, In Front of the C Building, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

ON ZOOM: Participants will be emailed the Zoom link and instructions on the day of the event.

RSVP here.

Stand Together for CUNY, Participate Physically or virtually, RSVP

Professional Staff Congress Ad Campaign Says “CUNY Must Do Better” for Students and Communities of Color—and for Workers

PSC Demands: No Cuts to Courses, No Layoffs!

New York, NY – Under threat of deep City and State budget cuts with just two weeks remaining before possible mass layoffs of CUNY adjuncts, the union representing over 30,000 CUNY faculty and staff has launched its second ad campaign in two months demanding “No Cuts. No Layoffs” for the already underfunded university system.

Earlier today, the PSC legal counsel sent CUNY's legal counsel a formal request for information. The union is requesting the information in order to prepare for potential litigation, if necessary, concerning CUNY's use of federal stimulus funding during the coronavirus crisis.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748), or the "CARES Act," which was signed into law on March 27, provides for more than $250 million in federal funding to be allocated to CUNY colleges. The amount includes funds based on the number of students at each college and the portion of low-income students, plus additional targeted funding for minority-serving institutions. The funds are allocated to each college individually, based on the college's student population.

Under the provisions of the CARES Act, at least $118 million of the funds allocated to CUNY must be used to provide emergency financial aid to students. CUNY management reports that the University has distributed, or is in the process of distributing, those funds to students in need. But where is the rest of the funding? Even if CUNY is waiting for the final transfer of the funding from the federal government, there is no justification for colleges to implement cuts and layoffs when committed federal funding could help to avert them.