Make plans now to attend the biggest CUNY-wide contract campaign action of the Fall: Sing Out, Shout Out for #APeoplesCUNY, a resounding call for a better CUNY. Our great public university has been underfunded for too long, and tuition hikes, budget cuts, and uncompetitive pay have been the results. Bring family and friends – everybody who loves somebody at CUNY – and come Sing Out for increased CUNY funding at the Governor’s Midtown office and Shout Out for a strong union contract at CUNY Central. Meet at Governor Hochul’s NYC office, 633 3rd Ave, and be ready to sing, chant and march a few blocks to CUNY.
Open call for Musicians
PSC member musicians, vocalists, and performers who would consider donating their talents to the event should contact Ava Farkas at [email protected].
PSC Members Testify at CUNY Hearing Despite Trustees’ Last-Minute Shift to Online
The CUNY community got a late Friday surprise last week when the Board of Trustees decided at the last minute to make its latest public hearing an entirely online event. The fully online “hearing” held Monday, 10/16 had no online broadcast, no way for the public to hear testimony. It was a sham.
More than 70 PSC members had planned to testify in-person or turnout in support of our union’s demands for fair contract and increased funding for CUNY colleges. The change was announced without explanation, in violation of the state Open Meetings Law.
PSC members rallied, despite the shift online. Dozens gathered in the new Union Hall to deliver their testimony as part of a collective, while others who couldn’t change plans logged on to testify from home.
The October 5 bargaining session was held at CUNY Central with thirty PSC member-observers present. The union continued to argue that current CUNY salaries fail to recognize the value of our work and the expense of living and working in the city, despite the protestations from CUNY management. Management shared preliminary reactions to the PSC’s proposal on multi-year appointments for long-serving teaching adjuncts. The PSC also proposed modifications to the contract to better protect members’ health and safety. Click here to read the full update.
Want to Observe Contract Negotiations?
The first step is to attend an Orientation to PSC-CUNY Bargaining.
All dues-paying PSC members are welcome to observe a bargaining session, space permitting, after completing an online Orientation to PSC-CUNY Bargaining. The next orientations are scheduled for Monday, October 23, 12:30-1:30 PM (register for the 10/23 Zoom) and Monday, November 6, 6:30-7:30 PM (register for the 11/6 Zoom).
The next PSC-CUNY bargaining session is Thursday, October 26, 2:00-4:30 PM. It will be held at CUNY Central.
Five Boroughs in Five Weeks
Queens Speaks Out, 10/24
PSC members from CUNY campuses throughout Queens will gather to rally at York College, next Tuesday, October 24, 12-2 PM, speaking out for a strong and just union contract and increased funding for CUNY.
Elected officials will join faculty, staff, students from PSC Brooklyn campuses at a Halloween| Day of the Dead themed contract rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-6:30 PM. Bring your family and come in costume.
Bronx: March on the Presidents, 11/9 Chapters’ Petitions Demand Contract Actions from College Presidents
Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College PSC chapters are collecting signatures on petitions demanding that their college presidents act on local issues and press the Chancellor in support of our contract demands. All three chapters will march on their respective college presidents’ offices on Thursday, November 9 to deliver the petitions.
PSC and CUNY Rising Alliance at AFT’s Launch of Year Two of the Powerful Partnerships Institute
The PSC’s national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, launched year two of the union’s Powerful Partnerships Institute (PPI) at the 2023 Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Conference happening now in Houston, Texas. PPI provides grant funding to 60 AFT affiliates, parent groups and community organizations engaged in grassroots work within local communities. The PSC supports CUNY Rising Alliance with PPI funds. CUNY Rising Alliance campus liaisons, PSC principal officers and members of the PSC’s Anti-Racism Committee were in attendance at the conference.