Notes on the Impasse and PSC Bargaining Agenda

The notice of impasse issued late last month amidst the PSC’s ongoing contract negotiations gives the public a rare peek into a process that has been opaque to a vast majority of PSC members. The notice, issued by CUNY management, asserts that bargaining has broken down and requires a third party mediator in order to move forward. President Bowen’s November announcement of a strike authorization vote features prominently in CUNY’s argument as evidence that good faith is no longer present in the proceedings. We now hear that mediation sessions are moving forward, though the timeline for actionable decisions remains open ended.

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The Contract Struggle at CUNY: A View from Below

Last Fall some folks affiliated with CUNY Struggle penned a response to The Nation‘s uncritical coverage of the ongoing PSC contract dispute. As the ruling class offensive on US trade unionism ever intensifies, far too many comrades in leftist media confuse unquestioning support for existing union structures and leaderships with support for the working class against capital, and we find this to be a major miscalculation. The Nation declined to print our response, and though the situation has changed since December, we are sharing our opinion below as an invitation to dialogue and critique.  Continue reading “The Contract Struggle at CUNY: A View from Below”

Toward a Renewed CUNY Movement

Tuition is rising across CUNY, while wages for faculty and staff are stagnating. The Professional Staff Congress (PSC), which represents 25,000 CUNY workers, has been unable to secure a fair contract for over five years. Student life and campus activism are increasingly suppressed and policed, while facilities crumble and student movement gains of yesteryear like the Morales/Shakur Center are lost. Professors dedicated to educating working class young people are teaching huge courseloads in overcrowded classrooms, while many adjunct professors face insecure futures, stretched thin across multiple campuses and struggling to get by on low wages. Like Higher education more broadly, CUNY is in the midst of a crisis and nothing will change for the better until we learn to work together to fight for both ourselves and our institutions.

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