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PSC's Breakthrough Deal

Posted 10/25/19

An example of the happy endings that sometimes develop after acrimonious beginnings was produced by the Professional Staff Congress’s new contract for faculty at the City University of New York.

Ten months earlier, a union rally to pressure the CUNY board and Governor Cuomo to address pay for adjunct instructors—who make up a majority of the PSC membership—resulted in the arrest of 17 members and officials including President Barbara Bowen. It wasn’t clear then that taking activism to that level would bear fruit, given previous contracts that chipped at the edges of the problem without breaking through.

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