#CUNYStrikeReady

#CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In Series

Post the resolution “PSC Must Prepare for Strike- Readiness As Part of the Fight to Save Lives, Save Jobs, Save CUNY” Final resolution presented by PSC leadership, passed at the PSC Special DA 11.23.2020, with amendments from the Cross Campus Strike Authorization Vote Coalition (CCSAVC), the Adjunct Project’s #CUNYStrikeReady Teach- I series launched in December 2020 as a continued commitment to the effort to support #CUNYStrikeReady. We hope to utilize this as a vehicle for education, and to support the struggle to mobilize adjunct and graduate workers at CUNY to be #CUNYStrikeReady.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming panel series!

EVENT

#CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In:

The Taylor Law: What is it? How can we fight it?

March 10th, 2021, two sessions on March 10, 2021 (choose one): Afternoon, 12-1:30pm & Evening, 7-8:30pm

The PSC has voted in favor of a strike readiness resolution, what’s next?

Join the first teach- in of our series on strike readiness! Co- Organized by the CUNY Adjunct Project and the PSC- Graduate Center, endorsers of the Resolution for a Strike Authorization Campaign and Vote (read below for details).

In the face of layoffs, increasing class sizes, unsafe working conditions, and raises being withheld, our union has passed a strike readiness resolution. Since then, PSC members have experienced further assaults by the administration, including the withholding of contractual raises for some of our most vulnerable members. In building towards strike readiness we want to discuss and prepare for the challenges that the Taylor Law poses to public sector worker strikes. Come learn about this law and how PSC and other public sector unions have approached strike readiness. A concise panel presentation will be followed by open discussion. Bring your questions, concerns, and proposals!

Join us on Wednesday, March 10th to learn about the possibilities from our chapter grievance counselor, a labor lawyer and a union organizer. Please invite your friends and colleagues!

Check out the event on the PSC- Graduate Center website and for more resources (links to register below).

Featuring:

  • Arthur Schwartz was General Counsel for TWU Local 100 during the 2005 transit strike and was also General Counsel  for the PSC in the early 2000s. He is currently running for New York City Council in District 3.
  • Tina Moore is the Chair of the PSC’s Hunter College Campus School chapter, whose members voted overwhelmingly this fall to authorize a strike if safety precautions were not put in place.
  • Marc Kagan is a graduate student and an Adjunct at Lehman College. His dissertation on TWU Local 100 spans the two transit strikes of 1980 and 2005.

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When: March 10th, 2021, afternoon 12- 1:30pm and evening 7- 8:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Two sessions on March 10, 2021 (choose one):

 


Please scroll below to read about#CUNYStrikeReady & #PSCStrikeReady


New Resource of PSC/CUNY Useful Links by Rank and File Action!

New Resource for #PSCStrikeReady!

Check- out this great #PSCStrikeReady Strike Readiness Brochure/FAQ Document created by a group of part-time rank and file members from the Cross-Campus Strike Authorization Vote Committee and Rank and File Action Members.

Additional resources from the Strike Readiness Brochure.

2021 Strike Readiness FAQ

PSC Glossary

Strike Readiness Committee Sign-Up.


EVENT

#CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In 1: What’s Next?

 

The PSC has voted in favor of a strike readiness resolution, what’s next?

Join the first teach- in of our series on strike readiness! Co- Organized by the CUNY Adjunct Project, PSC- Graduate Center, Rank and File Action; endorsers of the Resolution for a Strike Authorization Campaign and Vote (more details below).

Be a part of an incredible teach- in with CCSAV Coalition members, endorsers, and other academic organizers, on December 3rd, 2020 from 5pm- 6pm. Register now for this digital teach- in!

Check out the resolution presented by PSC leadership, passed at the PSC Special DA 11.23.2020, PSC Must Prepare for Strike- Readiness As Part of the Fight to Save Lives, Save Jobs, Save CUNY Resolution, with amendments from the Cross Campus Strike Authorization Vote Coalition (CCSAVC).

We will discuss PSC Strike Readiness Resolution, #CUNYStrikeReady, cross- campus solidarity, barriers, & solutions moving forward. Our panelists will discuss the realties of race, migration, class, cross- title/ cross- campus organizing, & more.

Featuring:

  • Saira Rafiee (she/her), PhD student of Political Theory, The Graduate Center, CUNY, & member of Graduate Center PSC- CUNY Chapter
  • Rafael A. Mutis García (no pronouns, Rafael), PhD candidate, Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), The Graduate Center, CUNY, & member of Graduate Center PSC- CUNY Chapter
  • Izzy Plowright (they/them), PhD candidate in History at Columbia University, International Students’ Working Group, part of UAW Graduate Workers of Columbia Local 2110
  • Gerry Martini (he/him), HEO, Associate Director of Admissions; The Graduate Center, CUNY, PSC- CUNY. Member of Rank and File Action, Public Higher Education Workers, & member of Graduate Center PSC- CUNY Chapter
  • Moderated by CUNY Adjunct Project Labor & Political Education Co- Organizer, Jamila Hammami (they/them), adjunct of Community Organizing (Hunter College), PhD student, Graduate Center, CUNY, & member of Graduate Center PSC- CUNY Chapter.

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Register to stay up to date with upcoming teach- ins in the series!

Register for the first of the series event here!

When: Dec 3, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Collaborative jamboard from #CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In 1: What’s Next?

The Adjunct Project’s following #CUNYStrikeReady Teach- In series will be based off of the first teach- in session, feedback from the additional series, and continued in collaboration with other CUNY groups to uplift and organize around the needs for all to make #CUNYStrikeReady. Thank you to all that collaborated in the event and on the jam boards!


Read more about the #CUNYStrikeReady & Resources

Check- out this great #PSCstrikeready Strike Readiness Brochure/FAQ Document created by a group of part-time rank and file members from the Cross-Campus Strike Authorization Vote Committee.

Additional resources from the Strike Readiness Brochure.

2021 Strike Readiness FAQ

PSC Glossary

Strike Readiness Committee Sign-Up.

 


(Image credit @CutCovidNotCUNY)

“The newly formed coalition included members of the Anti-Racist Coalition at Brooklyn CollegeCut Covid Not CUNYRank & File Action (RAFA), over seven different campuses, and multiple titles including adjuncts, full-timers, and HEOs. The resolution itself links the strike campaign and vote to concerns about systemic racism at CUNY as well as unsafe reopenings in schools for librarians and other titles, and the persistent eroding of student learning conditions through larger class sizes and reduced class offerings. The tough battle and major institutional barriers facing us led us to take a unique and deeply collaborative, participatory approach to presenting the resolution to the floor: in the weeks leading up to the vote, we approached individual delegates and CUNY student and activist organizations (such as Free CUNY and campus YDSA chapters) beforehand to ask if they would “endorse” it–that is, publicly commit to vote yes. We added this growing list to the bottom of the resolution, and were receiving additional endorsements even up to final hour, with a total of 63 individual endorsers and 17 group endorsements (including CUNY for Abolition and Safety, the Black Student Union of the City University of New York, the Graduate Center PSC Executive Committee, and the CUNY Adjunct Project), which can be reviewed via the link to the resolution above.”

– Read more here: Strike Readiness Vote at the PSC Delegate Assembly, CUNY Struggle

Original resolution for a Strike Authorization Campaign and Vote and full list of endorsers here: http://bit.do/savres

“Last Thursday a strike readiness resolution composed and endorsed by a broad cross section of rank and file organizers and antiracist groups narrowly failed at the Professional Staff Congress Delegate Assembly. On Monday a new resolution, brought forward by the PSC Executive Council, passed with important amendments from the SAV Coalition. While this resolution is weaker, it still marks a significant shift from ‘mobilization’ toward ‘organization’ for CUNY staff and faculty.”

– Read more here: Strike Readiness Vote at the PSC DA: Part II, CUNY Struggle

PSC Must Prepare for Strike- Readiness As Part of the Fight to Save Lives, Save Jobs, Save CUNYFinal resolution presented by PSC leadership, passed at the PSC Special DA 11.23.2020, with amendments from the Cross Campus Strike Authorization Vote Coalition (CCSAVC).

 

Confused about some of these union terms or acronyms? Check out this handy PSC Glossary, crowdsourced by Gerry Martini.

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