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Executive Committee Statement on Library Reopening

Our union chapter is large and diverse, comprising multiple titles, campuses, and work environments. Its executive committee—which includes staff, students, and faculty—reflects this heterogeneity. As such, we are acutely aware of the enormous obstacles that COVID-19 has thrown into the path of faculty and graduate students: added financial hardship, severe mental stress, and, of course, […]

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Resolution on Calling for PSC Leadership to Hold a Strike Authorization Vote (approved)

Adopted at the chapter meeting on 10/2/20 Whereas, more people have died at CUNY due to COVID-19 than at any other school system in the country; Whereas, over the summer, CUNY’s administration laid off 2,800 adjunct instructors and staff (representing roughly 20% of its adjuncts and 10% of the total PSC bargaining unit), and even more were […]

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Resolution on Calling for PSC Leadership to Hold a Strike Authorization Vote

The following is a proposed resolution on the agenda for the October 2 Chapter Meeting: Whereas, more people have died at CUNY due to COVID-19 than at any other school system in the country; Whereas, over the summer, CUNY’s administration laid off 2,800 adjunct instructors and staff (representing roughly 20% of its adjuncts and 10% […]

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Delegate Assembly Resolution 4/23/20

At the April meeting of the PSC Delegate Assembly, one of the resolutions adopted by the PSC was the following: The PSC stands by the principle during the pandemic of “keep everyone working and getting paid” and maintaining health insurance and rejects any attempt to anticipate or resolve budget difficulties by dismissing or not reappointing […]

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Graduate Assistants and Summer Assignments

You can see the PDF of the agreement here: Graduate Assistants Summer 2020 Letter The text reads as follows:   Dr. Barbara Bowen President Professional Staff Congress/CUNY 61 Broadway, 15th Floor New York, New York 10006 Dear Dr. Bowen: I write to confirm our agreement for Summer 2020 to interpret the term “work year” in […]

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Heartbreak and Hope

Friends and colleagues – Tom Waters, a doctoral student in the political science department, passed away on April 4th from COVID-19. Tom was a long-time leader in the New York tenant movement. He worked at the Community Service Society and served on the board of Tenants & Neighbors. I met Tom a number of times in […]

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Notes from 3-12-20 COVID19 Meeting with GC Management

Please see this PDF of the meeting we had with President Muyskens: Muyskens coronavirus meeting If you have questions or concerns please contact chapter chair Luke Elliott-Negri. Stay safe, everyone.

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Notes from Emergency Budget Meeting on 1-27-20

In response to Interim President Muyksen’s January 9th email about budget freezes and cuts at the Graduate Center, the PSC chapter called an emergency meeting on the first day of the semester. The Skylight room was packed, and President Muyskens attended the second half to answer questions. Below is a summary of the meeting and some […]

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Spring 2020 Tuition Remission for Doctoral Employees

Starting this spring, the new union contract provides tuition relief to all doctoral students who are employed in a PSC-represented title for four additional semesters beyond their fifth year of study. There is a very quick turnaround between ratification and implementation, so we need to be vigilant that people are not receiving incorrect bills! If you […]

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Resolution on Strike Authorization Campaign Now! (amended and approved)

Adopted at the chapter meeting on 9/11/19 STRIKE AUTHORIZATION CAMPAIGN NOW!  Whereas: the PSC’s contract campaign has so far failed to yield positive results, and CUNY’s Board of Trustees has used our bargaining demands as a pretext for approving a $200/year tuition increase for CUNY undergraduate students at the four-year colleges;  Whereas: without a credible […]