News & Events

President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in yesterday’s election, after winning important states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia. He also won the popular vote by a small margin. PSC members phone banked union households to mobilize support for President Obama in New Hampshire.

PSC-supported candidates also won seats in the US Senate, House of Representative and the New York State Senate.

Do you know where your polling place is? Under normal circumstances, there is always some confusion about where to vote. But Hurricane Sandy compounded that problem many fold. For most of us, our polling place has not changed. But for tens of thousands more, it has been moved courtesy Hurricane Sandy. The New York state and city election boards claim that they are updating their data bases and websites.

Read more for links and websites for voting in New York and New Jersey.

The battle over Pathways is also being waged in this courts. Two PSC-UFS lawsuits are working their way through the court system. One argues that the CUNY administration exceeded its authority in matters of curriculum and failed to follow university bylaws and faculty governance procedures. The other contends that CUNY has advanced Pathways in violation of the State's Open Meetings Law.

With a major election just weeks away, unions needed a major show of strength and unity. This past Saturday’s New York City Labor Day parade was
a chance to celebrate the union movements' victories and recommit ourselves to the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights. PSC members marched on Saturday for the millions of workers who do not have health insurance or pensions, for the workers here in our city who are fighting for livable wages and paid sick leave, and for the workers throughout the country whose very right to organize is in jeopardy.

In what may be the most important action in defense of public education and public sector unionism in recent years, the Chicago Teachers Union went out on strike on Monday, September 10th. On Friday, September 7th, the PSC Executive Council passed a resolution in support of the CTU. The August Clarion has an article explaining the issues.

"A victory for the Chicago Teachers Union," the resolution states, " would be a victory for public-sector employees nationally as we struggle to resist the imposition of austerity conditions; a victory for CUNY faculty and staff, as we face a regime of testing and standardization; and a victory for all who oppose the privatization of public resources and the plundering of public assets."

At a time of growing Islamophobia, including NYPD surveillance of Muslim students at CUNY and other universities, this year’s series offers some cinematic representations - from within - of the variety of cultures in which Islam is a significant presence.

Please join your PSC sisters and brothers and their families in the Labor Day March on Saturday, September 8th.

We will gather as a union at 10:45 in front of the Roosevelt Hotel on the north side of East 45th Street between Madison and Vanderbilt. Then we will head over to our place in the staging area, on East 45th Street between 5th and Vanderbilt Avenues at 11:15am.

I appreciate the patience adjuncts have shown as you wait to hear about the future of your health insurance benefit. I can understand how difficult it is to wait for information when your own healthcare is at stake.

Details: meet at 749 East 229th Street between 5:30 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, July 19.

Next Thursday will be the 18th vigil for Ramarley Graham (who was 18 when he was killed). As we build toward the start of the trial for the cop who killed Ramarley, the family and supporters are asking for a big turnout to show the city and the cops that we aren't going to let the matter fade into the background as so often happens.

locked-out-13-183x120.jpgNYC Labor is standing with UWUA 1-2 in their fight with Con-Ed. Join us for a march & mass rally to show solidarity with Con-Ed Workers, Tuesday, July 17th.

March Route

Assemble at the Con Ed HQ picket line at 4 Irving Place at 4:30 pm, then march with locked-out Local 1-2 workers to Union Square for a 5:30 PM rally.

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