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Dear Colleagues, 

Late this afternoon (Monday, March 9) the PSC sent Chancellor Matos-Rodríguez a preliminary list of demands on coronavirus issues that must be resolved immediately. PSC members cannot wait for answers to our urgent needs. 

Many, many members wrote in response to my letter on COVID-19; thank you. Your thoughtful comments helped to shape this first round of demands on the issue. The union may propose additional demands as conditions change and may need to take other action. 

PSC officers and staff will continue to fight to ensure that your health and your rights are protected. We are actively monitoring other school and college closings. 

Again, thank you for your generous responses to my last message, many of which expressed concern for the specific needs of the CUNY student population. Keep washing those hands and take care of yourselves, and each other.

In solidarity, 

Barbara Bowen, President, PSC 


On Friday, March 6 I sent the message below to Chancellor Matos-Rodríguez asserting the union’s right to information about health and safety procedures during the coronavirus epidemic and our right to negotiate over any changes in employment conditions in response to the virus.

Thank you for the messages we have received reporting on issues that have arisen on your campuses. Members have expressed concern not only for themselves but also for vulnerable students and colleagues. The union principle that an injury to one is an injury to all is literally true now. Please take good care of yourself.

I will provide updates as we receive more information and as we enter into negotiations. Please read the letter, and know that your union is stepping in to insist that our rights and our workplaces are protected.

In solidarity,

Barbara Bowen, PSC President

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The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the union representing 30,000 professors and academic staff at The City University of New York, stands in solidarity with students at Jamia Millia Islamia University as well as with student protestors throughout India in their struggle against state repression of political speech.

The PSC-CUNY 2017-2023 collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the union at the end of November and approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees on December 16, 2019. In the meantime, CUNY sent out letters of appointment and reappointment that reflect the old 2017 salary rates and, as far as we know, the old number of appointment hours per course. The letters we have seen do not include the additional paid office hour, which will be in effect next semester (spring 2020).