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July 9, 2007

Last Chance to get Your Name in the Summer Clarion!

The deadline for the summer issue of Clarion is tomorrow, which means if you haven’t yet signed the petition in support of the PSC’s bargaining agenda, you only have one more day to do it.  Click here now to sign! Join more than 2,000 of your colleagues who are standing together with one united voice to speak up for the salaries and working conditions we need to do our jobs. What we win at the bargaining table is determined by the strength of an active, determined membership behind the bargaining team. Help build our strength and show our determination by signing the petition today!

To see the full list of the PSC’s demands, management’s demands, analysis and more, visit the negotiations section of the website. If you’d like to observe a negotiations session, contact Amanda DeJesus Magalhaes at adejesus@pscmail.org; the next sessions will be scheduled for late July and early August.

NLRB victory for Grad Center Research Foundation Workers

On Tuesday, just before the July 4 holiday, the PSC received word that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had issued a unanimous ruling June 29 rejecting the CUNY Research Foundation’s challenge to Graduate Center Research Foundation workers’ right to seek union representation. The PSC organized the RF workers at the Grad Center and they first filed for a union election in 2003. The election was held in May 2005, but the ballots were impounded when the RF claimed that graduate students who worked as researchers at the RF were not “employees” and not covered by federal labor law.  By filing one appeal after another, the RF has managed to stall the election process by years, a classic anti-union tactic. The June 29 ruling confirms earlier rulings by the regional NLRB upholding the PSC’s position and remands the case to the regional office for further action.

PSCers Return from New Orleans “Union Summer” Work

The first wave of PSC volunteers to spend part of their summer in New Orleans arrived home yesterday after two weeks of hard work, eye-opening experiences, and rewarding camaraderie. Six PSC members were among a delegation of 43 AFT members  taking part in the AFT’s “Union Summer” program to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They repainted schools, hauled equipment and supplies, built houses and playgrounds, tutored people in math for building trades apprentice program tests, and more. The scale of the devastation wrought by the lethal mix of natural disaster, social inequality and government neglect is almost impossible to imagine. So much work remains to be done, the PSC members in the first delegation reported from their firsthand experience.

There will be three more delegations going to New Orleans, and there is still time to sign up for two of them if you are interested. A second delegation arrived in New Orleans yesterday. You can still be part of the August 12-18 or August 19-25 groups. Click here for more information or to sign up.


As co-chair of the union’s Contract Campaign Organizing Committee, I want to let you know that the Executive Council members and campus representatives that make up the committee have been meeting weekly, strategizing and working hard to involve as many members as possible in our efforts. One way you can take 30 seconds to get involved is to sign the petition now. The strength in numbers of the petition will be part of the foundation on which we build our work to win the demands we need at the bargaining table.”   ~Mike Fabricant, Treasurer