As the November elections loom, the chapter’s Legislative Committee would like to bring your attention to a few PSC-wide initiatives that you might be unaware of.
Monday, September 26th, the PSC will be teaming up with Fight For $15 to rally at Hofstra before the first Presidential Debate. The candidates need to know that exploited workers will not, and cannot, take it any more! Buses leave Manhattan at 3pm, but you should plan on being at the meetup at 2:30pm. More details and bus RSVP instructions can be found here.
Second, members who need to register to vote, or have students, friends, relatives, etc., who need to register to vote, must do so by October 14th. You can find the voter registration form here–share it widely! CUNY actively encourages students to sign up to vote, so even promoting registration on campuses or in class should not bring you into any conflict with the administration.
Next, our parent union, NYSUT, is encouraging everyone to sign up for email/text reminders for voters. Interested? You can find out how to sign up here. [Note: you will need your Member ID# to successfully sign up.]
Finally, phone banking will be going on every Wednesday evening until the November 8th election. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending. Click on each date for event details.
Contingent Labor in a Time of Austerity: A Discussion with California Adjunct Organizer Jonathan Karpf and PSC Adjunct Leaders
What can we learn from other academic unions about transforming the conditions of contingent workers? Following the PSC’s hard-fought struggle after six years to secure a contract, the question of our next steps looms large. In this time of austerity, when academic workers face an administration and government intent on making cuts to public education, it is especially important for workers across the country and beyond to share their knowledge and experiences of both victories and setbacks.
Lecturer Jonathan Karpf of the California Faculty Association (CFA) will join graduate employee and adjunct activists from CUNY to discuss his experience organizing part-time, contingent labor and the CFA’s efforts to win pay parity for adjuncts in their contract bargaining. The event is sponsored by the PSC chapters at: City College, LaGuardia Community College, Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Bronx Community College, and the Graduate Center; plus the CUNY Adjunct Project and the PSC First Friday Committee.
This event is open to all who are interested in fighting to improve the conditions of the most vulnerable and exploited segment of the academic labor force. It will be hosted in at the Graduate Center, room 5414.
You can see and share our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/572285172958110/
The September 13th NYS Primary is (literally) around the corner – as you probably know, our allies in the Senate and Assembly were critical in defending CUNY’s budget and pushing for funding that made our contract settlement possible. Now we need to return them to office and help elect new legislators who will be strong advocates for CUNY, our union, and students.
Six candidates in New York City are in primary elections where a strong PSC turnout could make the difference: Pam Harris (AD 46), Latrice Walker (AD 55), Paul Newell (AD 65), Victor Pichardo (AD 86), Gustavo Rivera (SD 33) and Robert Jackson (SD 31).
Our chapter will be phone banking on Monday, September 12th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Political Science lounge (room 5200). Bring a laptop, cell-phone, and headphones (with a mic). Last minute calls can have a big impact on voter turnout, so we encourage you to come and support your union electorally!
-Rosa Squillacote, Legislative and Elections Committee
P.S. You can see our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583856371915756/