The Professional Staff Congress represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, who educate 270,000 students. Union members have had neither a contract nor a raise for the past four years. Led by PSC President Barbara Bowen, 100 or so members went inside the Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus on Sept. 29, while 800 members protested and marched around the building.
Anger in the PSC is growing over the lack of a raise. In an open letter to the Board President, Bowen wrote, “It is unconscionable for the trustees of the University to fail to act when both the quality of education at CUNY and the well-being of the faculty and staff are at risk. We need a fair economic offer on the bargaining table and we need it now.”
The PSC is planning further actions.