CUNY Student Senate Clashes over Palestinian Rights
Today, the CUNY Student Senate is voting on two resolutions concerning antisemitism, one of which uses a definition linking it to any criticism of the state of Israel. Under this definition, students advocating for justice for the Palestinian people could be subjected to disciplinary action on the grounds of discrimination.
Olivia WoodApril 11, 2021
More Cuts at CUNY: Interview with a Grad Student Worker
Students, faculty, and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) are grappling with another series of cuts by the administration. Left Voice interviewed a graduate student worker who holds multiple part time positions at CUNY to learn more about the austerity being imposed on the university.
Left VoiceFebruary 8, 2021
The Fight of Our Lives: Why CUNY Workers Need to Be Strike Ready Now
The City University of New York is in crisis and things are only going to get worse. To protect the university and themselves, CUNY workers and other public sector employees must learn to wield the strike weapon.
James Dennis HoffDecember 19, 2020
New York Postpones Raises for Public Employees; CUNY Workers Push for a Strike
As the state and city governments try to balance the budget without raising taxes on the rich, more than 100,000 public employees in New York are being denied their contractual raises and back-pay. Workers at the City University of New York are bringing a resolution for a strike authorization vote to the table, and other public unions must do the same.
Olivia WoodNovember 14, 2020
PSC-CUNY President Finally Says the S Word
Will CUNY workers finally go on strike? With public school teachers in New York City threatening a strike of their own, PSC leadership implied last week that a possible strike is on the table. With 3,000 part time workers laid off this summer and more cuts expected, and racial capitalism ravaging the CUNY community under the pandemic, a strike is long overdue.
Olivia WoodAugust 29, 2020
CUNY Union Lawsuit Fails; Workers Need a Strike
The faculty and staff union’s request for a court injunction to reinstate 2,800 workers laid off by CUNY earlier this summer has been denied. By relying on the lawsuit instead of preparing for a strike, the union leadership has failed to protect the jobs --- and health insurance --- of its members.
Olivia WoodAugust 14, 2020
CUNY Rank and File Push for Strike Authorization Vote After Mass Layoffs
PSC CUNY has filed a lawsuit in response to the university’s announcement that it is laying off over 2,800 adjunct faculty and staff. However, the only way to stop the layoffs is to prepare for a strike in the fall, and PSC members are calling on union leadership to mobilize for this action.
James Dennis HoffJuly 14, 2020
CUNY Cuts One Quarter of Part-Time Instructional Staff, Hundreds Lose Health Insurance
After weeks of uncertainty, CUNY has finally confirmed how many part-time workers will lose their health insurance this fall due to layoffs and reductions in hours and is expected to announce the number of total layoffs in the coming days. The Professional Staff Congress must build a strike to protect its most vulnerable members.
Olivia WoodJuly 1, 2020
Hundreds of CUNY Adjuncts to be Fired and Lose Health Insurance: Interview with Laid-off Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies
Adjunct faculty at CUNY have been exploited for decades and now, in the midst of the pandemic, they are facing mass layoffs. We spoke to one such adjunct, Sami Disu, about the university’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and how they are fighting back.
Left VoiceMay 26, 2020