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Ballots were mailed April 1 to union members in the 14 PSC chapters that are holding elections in the spring of 2019. Completed ballots in uncontested elections must be received at the PSC office by 5 PM Tuesday, April 30. Completed ballots in contested elections must be received at the American Arbitration Association by 5 PM Tuesday, April 30. The 14 chapters holding elections will elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, along with representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. To vote in the Spring 2019 PSC elections, your signed PSC membership card must have been received on or before December 3, 2018. Only members can vote in union elections or contract ratification votes. Click here for election rules and other deadlines.

The challenges newly hired faculty face can be daunting, but you don’t have to face them alone. Please join us for the PSC’s Junior Faculty Development Day Friday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It’s a day of workshops and presentations from department chairs, grievance counselors, newly tenured faculty and union officers organized to help you navigate the tenure process and utilize the resources available at CUNY to support your scholarship. The union is here for you.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

March 21, 2019

To the Proponents of "7K or Strike":

The misrepresentation of the PSC's position on the question of a strike has to stop. "7K or Strike" is not the position of the union.

Some members who have participated in "7K or Strike" events have done so because they want to open up discussion of whether a strike is the right tactic for this moment, or because they believe they are advancing the union's contract campaign, or simply because they want to show their support for adjuncts. All of these positions are valid. But a relatively small group of "7K or Strike" proponents has attempted to confuse colleagues and the media about the union's position. This letter is addressed to them.

Please let your students know about the following event THIS WEEK: Thursday, 3/21, Patio Room, 1 PM, Higher Education Forum with Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who both represents Queens College AND is the chairperson of Senate Higher Education Committee. This is THE opportunity for OUR students to give testimony to the senator as negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo over financing for CUNY and Queens College take place during the next two weeks.

Protesters at Double-Header Events Demand Contract Funding, Fair Raises and Equity Pay for Adjuncts

New York, NY—Faculty and professional staff of the City University of New York escalated their fight for a fully funded union contract today with double-header rallies outside the Governor’s NYC office and City Hall as City and State elected officials negotiate their budgets. Thirty thousand CUNY academic staff have been working without a new contract for fifteen months; 12,000 are adjunct instructors, who teach the majority of courses but earn a near-poverty wage.

“We’re here to tell Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio that CUNY students deserve better than exploited, underpaid workers in understaffed departments and offices. Albany and City Hall must provide the funding for a fair contract with decent raises for all CUNY workers and $7,000 per course for CUNY adjuncts,” said Barbara Bowen, Ph.D., president of the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing faculty and staff at CUNY.

The PSC is proud to endorse Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate in the February 26, 2019 special election. Jumaane is a graduate of NYC public schools and CUNY He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in political science and Masters in urban policy. He was first elected to represent City Council District 45 in Brooklyn in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Prior to his election, Jumaane served as director of Tenants & Neighbors, a statewide tenants’ rights organization.

PSC To Legislators: Fully Fund CUNY, Fund Competitive Salaries and 7K for Adjuncts

PSC officers were in Albany Monday, January 28 to testify before a joint hearing of the State Senate and Assembly finance committees on the Executive Budget for higher education. PSC President Barbara Bowen, in her testimony, said, “Despite the claims that State funding for higher education has increased, real per-student spending at CUNY senior colleges has gone down...CUNY needs funding to support its current collective bargaining agreement without cannibalizing itself, and it needs funding to support wage justice and educational justice in the next contract.”

To the newly elected legislators, the new Senate majority members, and the long-time supporters of public higher education in the Legislature, Bowen urged: “Make funding for quality public higher education a top priority. Make class size, course availability, teaching conditions and learning conditions as much an issue of economic and racial justice as financial aid…Put your energy, your imaginations, your power behind CUNY’s ability to transform individual lives and lift communities out of poverty.”

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