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A Big Victory for GAs

The increased presence and power of GAs within the PSC, due to two years of chapter organizing, has scored another victory.

Contractual language previously withheld the $750 ratification bonus ($500 for GA-Ds) from any worker who was on an approved leave of absence in either the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 semester. After months of hard work by GC Chapter officers, CUNY has agreed to pay this ratification bonus to all these affected GAs upon their return to work, no later than Feb. 1, 2018.

If you were previously denied the bonus because you were on a leave of absence, please take the agreement (below) to HR and ask them to begin processing your bonus. Of course, if you have any problems, please contact a GC union officer or shop steward for assistance.

May Day Planning and Action

Trump has been President for two months and the attacks have already begun: the Muslim Ban, the border wall, the Dakota Access Pipeline, etc. CUNY and all of public education will be under attack under Betsy DeVos. As students, adjuncts, professors, and CUNY workers we must give a unified response to these attacks–we must fight back.

Join the PSC GC Solidarity Committee on March 20 from 6:30-8:00pm in room 5414 to build for May 1st. This planning meeting will discuss departmental outreach, lessons learned from the Strike Authorization Vote, a speaker series for political education, and other ideas to prepare for the first May Day under a Trump administration. We will also discuss the possibility of department stoppages and a CUNY-wide shut down on May 1 in resistance to Trump.

See you there!

Check back for updates on future May Day Planning and day-of events and RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming from the Solidarity Committee

Several events to be aware of:

 

1) Come march with the GC PSC contingent for the March for Education Justice this Saturday, March 4! We will be meeting at 9:00am at the fountain in Columbus Circle (more here).

We march for fully resourced public education, starting with early childcare and including higher education.

 

2)  Join us on Wednesday, March 8 for the International Women’s Day of Action. Wear RED!

10:00am-12:00pm: Sign making in the GC cafeteria

12:30pm-1:30pm: Rally on the front steps of the Graduate Center (Please let us know if you would like to speak!)

4:00pm-8:00pm: Rally in Washington Square Park

We fight for an end to gender violence, especially towards working women, trans women, and women of color. Reproductive justice, labor rights, and environmental justice for all. Full social provisioning. An anti-racist, anti-imperialist, all-inclusive feminism. 

 

3) Save the Date: Join us March 20 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the GC to build for May 1st. This planning meeting will discuss departmental outreach, lessons learned from the Strike Authorization Vote, a speaker series for political education, and other ideas to prepare for the first May Day under a Trump administration. 

 

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