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Momentum is growing in negotiations for a new contract, with two formal bargaining sessions and several subcommittee meetings held during the last month. Both PSC and CUNY management representatives have expressed a commitment to reaching a settlement as expeditiously as possible, given that several other public-employee unions in the city have already completed bargaining.

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PSC members throughout the city have been shocked and saddened by the deaths of Michael Brown of Ferguson and Eric Garner of Staten Island. Many of us want to demand justice and express our solidarity with their communities. We also want to voice our opposition to law enforcement policies that disproportionately target communities of color and the poor—the communities of many of our students at CUNY. Our demand for justice for Eric Garner has become even more urgent since the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Join us on Saturday, August 23 at the We Will Not Go Back March, organized by the National Action Network, NAACP, Communities for Police Reform, labor unions and grassroots groups on Staten Island to call for policing policies that protect all New Yorkers.

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The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York have reached a landmark agreement with the City of New York on inclusion of eligible CUNY adjuncts in the New York City Health Benefits Program. The agreement provides regularized health insurance for an important part of the CUNY teaching workforce and contributes to stabilizing the finances of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund.

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COCAL XI, a conference of adjunct and other contingent faculty activists from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., kicked off Monday, August 4 at CUNY’s John Jay College with a welcome from labor leaders representing academic workers from throughout North America and a poem from a work entitled Ivory Tower Anthology.

“Twenty adjuncts and I share an office…Four times we’ve been evicted from similar digs…When I had no office I kept my papers in my car,” read Vicki Moss, poet and adjunct professor of English at Fashion Institute of Technology.

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At it's June 19th meeting, the PSC Delegate Assembly established a mobilization committee to "build for, and participate in the Global Climate Change actions being planned for New York City by labor, environmental, and community organizations during the UN General Assembly from September 16-23, 2014." [Click here for the DA resolution.]

Together with other labor, environmental, community, faith-based, grassroots and NGO organizations, the PSC is joining the "People's Climate March," culminating in what may be the largest climate march in history at 1 pm on Sunday, September 21st. As of late July, the march had more than 500 sponsoring organizations.

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The PSC Delegate Assembly has passed a resolution, Against the Institutionalization of ROTC at CUNY. The resolution, passed overwhelmingly at the May Delegate Assembly, is in response to the establishment of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at City College, Medgar Evers College and York College, and to the attempt to start an ROTC program at the College of Staten Island. CUNY students have been a target for recruitment into ROTC since the Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, published a report in 2011 naming CUNY as a “huge potential recruiting pool.” The resolution concludes that ROTC is not in the best interest of CUNY students or the University community. It calls on the CUNY administration to close its existing ROTC programs and prohibit the establishment of future programs.

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On Thursday, June 19th the PSC Delegate Assembly passed a resolution on “Democratizing Ballot Access in New York Elections” which called for the PSC and its state and city affiliates to “join in a campaign for voting rights reform in New York City and state which would have the effect of maximizing voter turnout by allowing for early voting, voting by mail and same-day registration.”

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Summer means hot temperatures, trips to the beach and back-yard cookouts. But be aware that spending time outdoors during the heat of the day can put your health at risk. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat:

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At it's June 19th meeting, the PSC Delegate Assembly established a mobilization committee to "build for, and participate in the Global Climate Change actions being planned for New York City by labor, environmental, and community organizations during the UN General Assembly from September 16-23, 2014."

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“Confronting New York City’s Retirement Crisis” -- This was the call for a conference on Tuesday, July 17th convened by the NYC Central Labor Council and the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. Approximately 200 people crowded into the New School’s Wollman Hall for an analysis of the problem and consideration of possible solutions by speakers and panelists drawn from labor, academia, policy institutes, business and government.

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