Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

John Jay Votes for 7k or Strike Resolution

John Jay College for Criminal Justice passed a $7K or Strike resolution despite opposition.

Olivia Wood

April 16, 2019
Facebook Twitter Share

Monday afternoon, workers at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice passed yet another  $7K or Strike resolution. The vote (62 in favor and 48 against with 4 abstentions) makes John Jay the 11th chapter of the Professional Staff Congress to do so. 11 out of the 25 CUNY campuses have voted on the resolution so far, and all 11 have voted in favor. John Jay was the first chapter to pass the resolution with a quorum of members present.

Organizers and union leadership alike remarked that this meeting had the highest turnout of any John Jay chapter meeting in living memory, with at least 114 chapter members present, along with students and workers from other chapters attending in solidarity. Organizers said John Jay chapter meetings rarely ever make quorum, but at this meeting, neither the conference room nor the overflow areas could hold all of the people in attendance. To count the votes, the designated counters had to circulate through the surrounding hallways to account for everyone.

Some faculty groused that the resolution “only passed because they [the $7k or Strike organizers] got all of their people to come,” while the organizers celebrated because that is, after all, precisely the point. After months of organizing, dozens of rank-and-file workers who are normally apathetic toward and disengaged from union proceedings turned out en masse. Several chapter members waiting to sign in remarked that this was the first union meeting they had ever attended, and the sociology department cancelled their faculty meeting in order to attend the vote.

Before the vote, speakers lined up to present arguments for and against the resolution, and the 7k or Strike activists were routinely met with cheers and applause. Dan Pinello, the Chair of the John Jay PSC Chapter, asked several times if anyone else would like to speak against the resolution before giving up and proceeding with the vote. Pinello had previously posted his statement against the resolution online, and after the resolution passed, Pinello distributed his resignation via email on Monday afternoon. The Vice Chair has declined to assume the position when his resignation takes effect, although at present it remains unclear if that means she is also resigning.

The John Jay vote is a great win for the $7KorStrike movement, especially since union leadership can no longer use the argument that not a single resolution has passed with a quorum of members present. 7KorStrike continues to build momentum, invigorating PSC with rank-and-file energy while union leadership fails to deliver in negotiations with the Board of Trustees. For more information about the $7K or Strike movement, read this interview Left Voice published with $7K or Strike organizers, and to get involved, visit https://7korstrike.org/ or check them out on social media.

Facebook Twitter Share

Olivia Wood

Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and lecturer in English at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Labor Movement

Three tables full of food, with signs hung above them. One says "The People's Pantry: FREE FOOD." Banners hung from the tables say "Free CUNY" and "Cop Free School Zone"

CUNY Administration Cracks Down on Student and Worker-Run Food Pantry

Students and workers opened "The People's Pantry" seven weeks ago as part of a broader anti-austerity campaign at CUNY, leading to several direct confrontations with the administration.

Olivia Wood

March 19, 2023

Temple’s Grad Worker Strike Ends with Important Victories 

The last report on the strike from a union teacher at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Jason Koslowski

March 17, 2023

Teachers and Education Workers Set to Strike! Tens of Thousands Rally in Los Angeles 

A three day strike was announced by two education unions at a rally attended by tens of thousands of members. The workers are calling for increased wages, reduced class size, and an end to harassment by their employers.

Julia Wallace

March 17, 2023
A sign drawn on a small whiteboard, in trans pride colors. Text: "CUNY Graduate Center and Professional Schools Workers for Trans Rights" Beneath the text is a chain of 9 smiling stick figures in different colors, all holding hands

CUNY Union Chapter Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Trans Rights

The Graduate Center chapter of PSC-CUNY, the faculty, staff, and graduate worker union of the City University of New York, passed a resolution pledging support to all workers fighting the anti-trans bills nationwide.

Olivia Wood

March 12, 2023


At Least 39 Migrants Die in Fire at Detention Center in Mexico. The State Is Responsible.

The events of March 27 marked one of the darkest chapters in the Mexican State’s anti-immigrant policy, a policy that is increasingly subordinated to the interests of U.S. imperialism.

The French Union Bureaucracy Walks Back Demand for Complete Withdrawal of Pension Reform

After calling to put the pension reform “on hold,” the Inter-Union has requested “mediation,” even though the French government has rejected outright the proposal, showing that compromise is impossible. This proposition symbolizes the Inter-Union’s strategy of defeat. We urgently need to organize the rank and file to broaden our demands and generalize the strike.

Damien Bernard

March 30, 2023

“Lesser Evil” Biden Wants More Border Patrol Than MAGA Republicans

Over the weekend, Biden bragged about his support for even more resources than “MAGA Republicans.” to “secure the border” on Twitter. This is “lesser evilism” in action.

Molly Rosenzweig

March 28, 2023
Customers clear shelves of water Sunday at Fresh Grocer in West Philadelphia.

A Chemical Plant Just Poisoned Philadelphia’s Water: A First-Hand Account of the Crisis

A company dumped thousands of gallons of poisonous chemicals into Philadelphia’s drinking water. This is an on-the-ground account by a Philadelphia worker and socialist.

Jason Koslowski

March 27, 2023