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Sixteen PSC chapters will elect chapter officers, delegates, and alternates to the union’s Delegate Assembly in April 2022. Thirteen campuses will elect representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. The deadline for completed nominating petitions to be received at elections@pscmail.org or at the PSC office is Friday, March 4 at 5PM. The electronic petitions will be shut down at 5PM on March 4. The list of chapter elections and all relevant deadlines is posted here on the PSC website. Election rules are here.

Legislators Join Hundreds of CUNY and SUNY Students, Faculty and Staff to Call for Increased Funding of New York’s Public Higher Education Systems

New York, NY – State legislators, higher education union members and hundreds of SUNY and CUNY students rallied online February 16, 2022, to call for increased investment into the State and City universities of New York and SUNY’s public teaching hospitals. 

Upstate and Downstate Lawmakers Join Students, Advocates, and Union Leaders to Urge the State to Commit more than $250M Each for SUNY and CUNY Campuses and SUNY’s Public Teaching Hospitals

ALBANY, NY – February 7, 2022 – The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC), the union representing 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, and United University Professions (UUP), the nation’s largest higher education union, held a joint press conference calling on state leaders to increase funding to SUNY and CUNY programs after more than a decade of chronic underfunding.

Each requested over $250 million in additional funding, for CUNY and SUNY campuses, which includes SUNY’s three public teaching hospitals located in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse.

Union Distributes N-95 Masks as Protestors Demand Better COVID Policies and Oppose Adjunct Layoffs and Class Cancellations

New York, NY - Faculty and staff represented by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union rallied on January 28, 2022, the first day of classes, at both Bronx Community College (BCC) and Medgar Evers College demanding university management act protect the health of students and workers, the jobs of adjunct faculty and the academic progress of students at The City University of New York.

More than 4,500 CUNY faculty and staff participated in the PSC health and safety poll, which closed right before midnight Friday, January 21. The results are in, and the PSC is still studying them. Here is the summary. This was not a scientific poll, but we are going to balance the results we have by title and campus and share results with chapters.

  • 86% of respondents reported beginning (or continuing) any in-person work at the start of the Spring semester.
  • 77% reported being moderately (18.8%) or very (58.3%) concerned about CUNY requiring more in-person work in the spring semester than last fall.

The following letter was sent by the PSC to Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and President Frank H. Wu in response to the racist vandalism at Queens College in Delany Hall on January 6, 2022, the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill insurrection. Click here for a PDF of the letter.

January 19, 2022

To: Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Chancellor of the City University of New York
Frank H. Wu President, Queens College

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC/CUNY), the union representing 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, launched a digital ad campaign calling on New Yorkers to contact their elected officials to support and fund the New Deal for CUNY (ND4C). The ads, which are set to run on multiple social and online media platforms for several weeks, feature shots of a December march where nearly a thousand New Yorkers including members of labor, social justice and student organizations rallied in Queens in support of the New Deal for CUNY.

PSC Rallies for Health, Safety and Jobs
Medgar Evers College & Bronx Community College
Fri., Jan. 28 @12:30PM

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Dear Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well. I am writing with updates and actions to advance our priorities as faculty and professional staff as the semester approaches. These include the Governor’s vaccine mandate, other health and safety measures, and efforts to avert class cancellations and adjunct layoffs by stabilizing the Spring schedule. This Friday, the first day of classes, there are two campuses where we can help make a difference by attending in-person demonstrations for health and safety and stabilizing the Spring schedule: 12:30 PM at Medgar Evers College and Bronx Community College. Let us know you can come! See details below.

Some of New York’s most prominent labor leaders have written to Governor Hochul, urging her to fully fund CUNY’s budget needs and support the New Deal for CUNY legislation.

Governor Hochul has announced a combined $1.5 billion increase in operating support for CUNY and SUNY over the next five years, including an additional $170 million for CUNY senior colleges next year (briefing book pg 105). It’s heartening to see that Governor Hochul is acting decisively to begin reversing the years of austerity funding for CUNY, New York’s most powerful force for economic mobility for low-income New Yorkers, immigrants, and students of color.

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