April 1st @ 4:30pm: Testify at the Board of Trustees

Recently, Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Wendy Hensel sent out a memo on “Strategies for the Optimal Use of Academic Resources” that detailed new approaches to course enrollment sizes, the number of course section offerings, and other similar issues. In practice, these updates would, of course, dramatically impact adjuncts.

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council’s (DGSC’s) plenary body wrote a response to EVC Hensel’s memo, as did the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders (see their response as well).

On this coming Monday, April 1st, at 4:30pm, there is a CUNY Public Hearing with the Board of Trustees at the Theatre at New York City College of Technology (275 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

To testify verbally, please email hearings@cuny.edu before 12:00pm on Friday, 3/29 with your intent to testify. Each verbal testimony may be up to three minutes long.

Written testimony of any length may be submitted to the Dropbox link any time before 12:00pm on Wednesday 4/3.

April 10th @6:30pm: “Lessons from the Picket Line: Strikes in Higher Education”

Join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30pm for a panel and discussion about strikes in higher education, with particular emphasis on the precarity of adjuncting as it relates to labor organizing.

Joining us will be three speakers who have been involved with union work and strike organizing at other local institutions: Yuwei Pan (NYU), Marini Thorne (Columbia), and Mich Rogers (Rutgers). The panel will be moderated by PSC-GC Chapter Chair Zoe Hu, followed by discussion/Q&A.

The event will be hybrid: in-person at the GC in Room 5414, and on zoom. Food will be served!

RSVP here: bit.ly/picketline2024

View the flyer: Lessons from the Picket Line 4.10.24

CUNY Strike School

Check out the CUNY On Strike website and Twitter/X, and reach out to cunyonstrike@gmail.com with any questions.

View the recording of the recent event, “The Taylor Law: The risks and rewards of striking in New York State” with Labor Historian Joshua Freeman, a hybrid event held at the School of Labor and Urban Studies and attended by over 100 people.

Read more about the strike campaign efforts in this article.

February Newsletter

Check out our February  Newsletter! Highlights include: one year without a contract, strike school and bargaining updates, our new “STEM Corner,” and more.

Goals for 2023-24

The new AP coordinators have identified four major goals for the 2023-24 academic year:

  • Keeping the GC’s union membership informed of bargaining updates.
  • Educating GC PSC members about the language of contract negotiation, and the relevance of individual contract demands to their own conditions.
  • Providing resources to help graduate workers navigate CUNY’s Daedalean labor landscape.
  • Event planning and solidarity building to provide programming and opportunities for graduate student workers to gather and build community.