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PSC members must be able to ask students to wear masks

PSC President James Davis sent the following letter to Chancellor Matos Rodriguez on August 25, 2022:

Dear Chancellor Matos,

I wrote to you on August 1 in anticipation of the start of an excellent Fall semester. I urged you, on behalf of our members, to permit them to ask students to wear a mask in their in-person classes, labs, or work areas. I explained the union’s position: “The stakes of contracting COVID are still high for many CUNY employees and/or their family members. Even a University that does not require indoor mask-wearing can and should normalize compliance with such requests from vulnerable members of the campus community.” Provost Hensel’s guidance to the university community (CUNY Return to Campus FAQs), issued August 23, expressly prohibits instructors from asking students to wear masks. So I am writing again to insist that you reconsider this bad policy. Read the full letter. 


We’re suing to fix CUNY’s vaccine mandate

The PSC filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of New York State in Manhattan, challenging the legality of the COVID-19 vaccination policy as CUNY has applied it.

Instead of mandating vaccines universally for all employees except those who qualify for medical or religious exemptions, CUNY management chose to limit the scope of the policy. Only those employees represented by the PSC and those covered by the Executive Compensation Plan are subject to the mandate, while more than 10,000 other CUNY employees are not. This inconsistent approach to implementation is deeply problematic. Read more. 


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Health and Safety Campus Coordinators

Susan Fountain ([email protected])

  • GC (SLU, SPS, McCauley, School of Journalism)
  • CUNY Central Office
  • Hostos
  • Bronx EOC
  • BCC
  • Guttman
  • Kingsborough
  • Manhattan EOC

Brian Graf ([email protected])

  • Brooklyn EOC
  • City Tech
  • HCCS
  • Medgar Evers
  • RF
  • General Assistance

Jean Grassman ([email protected])

  • GC (GC, SPH, ASRC)
  • CSI
  • Hunter
  • Queens
  • Baruch
  • Queensborough
  • Queens EOC

Carlos Parker ([email protected])

  • BMCC
  • City College
  • LaGuardia
  • Lehman
  • John Jay
  • York

Coordinators Emeriti

  • Jacqueline Elliot
  • Joan Greenbaum

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