News & Events

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the Affordable Care Act this Thursday, and the City’s labor unions and progressive community groups are gearing up for a rapid response, starting with a rally at 5:30 PM this Thursday, June 28 in Foley Square.

PSC members can access this list of labor-friendly candidates for the June 26 Primary Election, endorsed by our statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). The NYSUT endorsements come out of a process that involves the PSC and many other unions. PSC representatives advocated strongly for our choices and in many cases those candidates were endorsed by NYSUT.

See the Congressional primary results for New York State with candidate match-ups for the November election summarized here.

PSC member-activist Michelle Fine, has been honored by the PSC’s statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers, for her Viewpoint piece “Reclaiming Public Institutions, Our Best Hope for a Vibrant Democracy.” She won first place in the category of Best Opinion Writing.

Zeller and Kugler's names (bottom) were added to the Pillar of Labor

Two of PSC’s deceased founding leaders, President Belle Zeller and Deputy-President Israel Kugler, were honored last Friday as Pillars of Labor at a ceremony at the Wagner Labor Archives of New York University. Zeller and Kugler’s names were inscribed on a pillar in the reading room of the Wagner Labor Archives to celebrate their contributions to academic unionism and mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the PSC through the merger of the Legislative Conference of the City Colleges and the United Federation of College Teachers. PSC’s 40th anniversary will also be celebrated at a June 18 luncheon organized by the PSC Retirees Chapter. See photos of the Pillars of Labor ceremony.

This Sunday (Father’s Day), join your PSC colleagues at the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk to help show that we refuse to let the children of New York City—or anyone else—be victimized by racial profiling. CUNY students are among the targets of Stop and Frisk, which actively seeks to humiliate innocent citizens—particularly African American and Latino men. One such young man, Nicholas K. Peart, a 23-year old BMCC student, shared his feelings after being repeatedly stopped and frisked in a New York Times piece published in December 2011.

Members of the many labor, civil rights, faith, and community groups sponsoring the silent march will begin gathering at 2:00pm on West 110th St. between Central Park West/8th Ave. and Fifth Ave. At 3:00pm the march will begin at 110th St. and Fifth Ave. It will proceed south on Fifth Ave. to 78th Street.

Two events in June will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the PSC. More events will mark the anniversary in the year.

Join with the PSC's Social Safety Net Working Group as we team with many other unions and advocacy organizations in support of kick off the "Caring Across Generations" campaign here in NYC organized by Domestic Workers United and Align. The Care Congress is Sunday, June 3, 2-5pm, Pace University, across from City Hall.

The Care Congress is the NYC start of a national campaign to strengthen the safety net by guaranteeing quality care provided by a unionized, trained workforce. A parallel goal is to defend and expand Social Security, Medicare, pensions and other safety net programs.

Nearly 350 faculty, staff and students attended a March 8th PSC Town Hall Meeting on Pathways, the City University of New York's (CUNY's) top-down overhaul of general education and transfer. This is the first 10 minutes of the opening statement from PSC President Barbara Bowen.

Testimony of Michael Fabricant Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

In support of Council resolutions supporting state DREAM Legislation
to extend college financial aid to undocumented students

On behalf of the 25,000 members of Professional Staff Congress, I wish to thank Committee Chairpersons Rodriguez and Dromm and the members of the Council’s Higher Education and Immigration Committees for the opportunity to speak in support of the Council resolutions urging passage of state DREAM legislation which would extend financial aid to undocumented immigrant students who graduate high school or earn a GED in New York State

New York is instituting a new, inferior pension plan (Tier 6) that will apply to all CUNY employees, including adjuncts, who join Teachers Retirement System on or after April 1.

Teaching Adjuncts, Non-Teaching Adjuncts, and Adjunct CLTs have a FINAL opportunity to enroll in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and be covered under the more-generous Tier 4 pension plan between now and March 31. Please read this whole message to get complete details.