On December 14, Graduate Center president Robin Garrell hosted a town hall event via Zoom. The webinar format did not conform to our usual expectations of town hall-type events, virtual or in-person: questions were pre-screened, chat was disabled, and we couldn’t see each other – only the president and her advisors. Technological constraints often necessitate […]
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, […]
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the PSC-CUNY delegate assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on defunding the NYPD: The Professional Staff Congress Calls for Defunding the NYPD and Redirecting Resources to Education, Public Health, and Other Community Needs. Read the full text here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]