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On Tuesday, May 12, the PSC Elections Committee met to certify the results of the union’s spring 2015 elections for the PSC’s principal officer positions of President, First Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer; for Vice Presidents for Senior Colleges, Community Colleges, Part-Time Personnel and Cross-Campus Units; and for the other 19 positions on the PSC Executive Council. PSC members also elected delegates to the AFT, NYSUT and AAUP this spring. The term of office for the elected union leaders begins on Wednesday, May 27. The election was uncontested. All the elected candidates ran on the New Caucus slate.

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In lieu of the PSC annual theater party sponsored by the Retirees Chapter and the Women’s Committees, the PSC has secured a 10% discount for tickets to Working Theater productions. For online tickets to individual performances, use the discount code "PSC." The Working Theater is also hosting a festival, 5 Boroughs/One City, May 6-10 with performances of different works in every borough. All access passes for the 5 Boroughs/One City performances are also eligible for the PSC discount, but they must be purchased at the box office.

Visit The Working Theater website to learn more.

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PSC Resolutions Passed by the 2015 NYSUT Representative Assembly
Michael Fabricant, treasurer of the PSC, introduced a special order of business at the NYSUT Representative Assembly, calling for peace and justice across the nation, and answers in the death of Freddie Gray. The NYSUT delegates unanimously passed the order calling for systemic solutions to the fundamental issues of poverty, racism and a lack of investment in education. It was one of six resolutions sponsored by the PSC, which were passed by the Representative Assembly. The following resolutions are now also the endorsed positions of the 600-thousand-member statewide union, NYSUT:

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Strengthen the Rent Laws!
Protect One Million Homes!

Rally at Foley Square, May 14th at 5 pm.
Meet at Centre and Worth Streets.
Then March Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Over one million rent-stabilized homes will be at risk when the current state rent law sunsets on June 15.

Numbers matter in any political struggle. Be one of tens of thousands of New Yorkers who will be part of the campaign to strengthen the rent laws. Click here to endorse the PSC’s statement of support and to RSVP for the Rally to Save NYC/Protect #1millionhomes, Thurs., May 14 at 5 PM at Foley Square.

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The Global Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons will start at a huge peace rally in New York on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 in Union Square, and then go around the world in 24 hours arriving back in New York on April 27 as the government conference begins.

At 2:00 PM, after the rally at Union Square, thousands will march to the U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, arriving at around 3 PM.

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Steve London, who is stepping down from office as PSC first vice president after 15 years of service, was named a NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Buffalo this past weekend. Watch this video featuring all the NYSUT honorees (Steve’s bit starts at 8:48), and join us in thanking Steve for his dedication to his CUNY colleagues. He takes on a new elected role as university-wide officer of the PSC Executive Committee and continues his roles as trustee and executive officer of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund and as NYSUT director.

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Join the May Day Rally to End Income Inequality

We need you and your indomitable spirit at the May Day march and rally, next Fri., May 1. May Day is the international workers’ holiday, a day of solidarity to celebrate the labor movement’s past progress and mobilize for the struggles of today, including our fight for a fair contract at CUNY. The annual march and rally in NYC will bring together union members and immigration activists in support of our shared demand for an end to income equality under the slogan, “Fight for Real Jobs, Real Wages and Real Rights.” The march will take the action to the doors of the city’s 1%, starting at the home of Walmart owner Alice Walton (60th St. between Park and Lexington Ave.) and traveling down Billionaire’s Row on Central Park South to join a rally at 58th Street Between 8th and 9th Ave. PSC members will meet at the corner of 62th St. and Park Ave., starting at 5:00 PM. (Look for our red and white signs.) Click here for a flier.

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Rally for Adjunct Faculty and All Low-Wage Workers—Wed., Apr. 15

PSC members will be part of the action on Wednesday, April 15, when low-wage workers throughout the country demonstrate and rally to demand fair wages and union rights. The day of action is part of the massive Fight for $15 campaign. Here in NYC, fast food cashiers and cooks, retail employees, child care workers, adjunct professors, home care providers, college students, airport workers, and others will mobilize at different sites. The PSC will participate in the rally at Columbia University, where student workers, adjunct faculty and their allies will gather at 116th and Broadway at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 15 to demand better pay and better treatment from the Academy before marching to protest at a nearby McDonald's. To stay up-to-date on planned actions in NYC, register here.

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The PSC has called for an emergency protest next Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM to demand that the CUNY administration move on the union’s contract demands.

Download a flier.

After nine months of bargaining, we have had no acceptable movement on the contract, on either economic or non-economic demands.

We will gather at Hunter College on 68th and Lexington Avenue; then we will march through the Upper East Side neighborhood that is home to many of the proponents of austerity for workers and privatization of public colleges, such as David Koch, the ultra-right anti-union financier. The neighborhood is also home to CUNY’s chancellor J. B. Milliken.

RSVP here to let us know you will be there.

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