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New York—An announcement of the next CUNY chancellor is imminent. Dr. Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing 25,000 CUNY faculty and staff, made the following statement, noting that the union was not part of the selection process and that the names of finalists were not made public:

Workers at the Central Office of the CUNY Research Foundation (RF) received their full retroactive pay on Wednesday, January 8. It was a major accomplishment. The union fought long and hard for it, and management did not agree to it until the very end of the negotiations.To demonstrate that this was won through collective action and to show that the new dress code will not prevent future displays of union solidarity, RF central office workers wore new union polo shirts the day they received their retro pay.

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY congratulates Melissa Mark-Viverito on gaining the trust and support of her colleagues for the position of Council Speaker. As the union representing faculty and staff at CUNY, the PSC embraces the progressive agenda Melissa has represented in the Council. A founder and co-chair of the City Council's Progressive Caucus, Melissa has championed social and economic justice legislation, especially for immigrant and working-class New Yorkers.

As Speaker, Melissa will be an independent, necessary voice. She will be a leader in advancing a new, progressive direction for New York. We look forward to working with her, and the entire Council, on the urgent project of addressing inequality in New York City. CUNY is an essential part of that project, and we are proud to support a Speaker who will focus on reducing poverty and expanding opportunity.

The deadline for enrollment in CUNY's new Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank Program ("CSLB") for eligible full-time University employees has been extended to January 31, 2014.

The CSLB is a pool of sick leave and annual leave, voluntarily donated by individuals employed full-time on an annual salary basis, for potential use as sick leave by employees who are also donors to the bank.

The deadline for enrollment in CUNY's new Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank Program ("CSLB") for eligible full-time University employees has been extended to January 31, 2014.

The CSLB is a pool of sick leave and annual leave, voluntarily donated by individuals employed full-time on an annual salary basis, for potential use as sick leave by employees who are also donors to the bank.

CUNY management was defeated in its attempt to block consideration of a union grievance on the way the University implemented Pathways, and has been told in no uncertain terms that faculty’s curricular duties are terms and conditions of employment covered by the PSC’s contract. The ruling was issued on Friday by an independent arbitrator of a grievance filed by the PSC. CUNY had petitioned for the grievance to be dismissed, arguing that issues of governance are not covered by the PSC contract and cannot be challenged by the PSC. The petition to dismiss was an attempt to narrow scope of the contract, and was soundly rejected by the arbitrator.

Progressive candidates endorsed by the PSC swept the elections this year—and we’re very happy about it. The PSC hosted an Election Celebration and Holiday Party on Thurs., Dec. 12 at the union’s central office. PSC members, staff and friends who volunteered to get out the vote for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio were joined by Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and other newly elected officials, including Manhattan Borough President-elect Gale Brewer. At the party, the candidates thanked our members for their active support, and union leaders reiterated the PSC’s commitment to fight to advance a progressive policy agenda. Click "read more" for a slideshow of photos from the event.

This honor is about my union, the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, not about me. There are many PSC members I would like to cite, but I will mention only two, without whose work we would not be here tonight: our officers Steve London, who led our electoral work from the first endorsement of de Blasio to the last phone-bank, and Mike Fabricant, whose deep roots in community organizations strengthened our ties to you.

PSC Resolution Opposing CUNY’s Policy on “Expressive Conduct”

The Delegate Assembly of the PSC passed this resolution demanding that CUNY’s draft Policy on “Expressive Conduct” be withdrawn from any further consideration by the CUNY Board of Trustees. The draft Policy on Expressive Conduct, a revised iteration of CUNY’s draft Policy on “Expressive Activity,” which became public in October, still reads as “an attempt to silence dissent and stifle protest before it starts,” according to the resolution.

Fourteen PSC chapters are scheduled to hold elections in the spring of 2014. They will elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly and representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Candidate Declaration forms will be available from the PSC office on December 3, 2013 or here on the PSC website. The deadline for filing the Candidate Declaration form will be January 6, 2014. Click here to see the Notice of Nominations and Elections – Spring 2014 published in the latest Clarion. Click here for the election rules.

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