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Benefits, Benefits, Benefits!

At our chapter event on 26th October,  PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund’s Patrick Smith introduced the benefits provided to our members by the PSC Welfare Fund .  The slides used by Pat Smith to illustrate his talk are below.  Please note that for up to date definitive information on current benefits please consult the welfare benefits website at  

We also heard from the John Jay College human resources benefits team, including new Associate Director Heather Grant, who talked about  how to access benefits.

Unforatuntely, the meeting was not successfully recorded.  However, a lightly edited transript is available.

PSCCUNYWF Benefits presentation JJ Oct2022

PSC Contract Priorities Survey – look out for email

Dear Colleagues;   Please make sure to fill out the PSC Contract Priorities Survey; it is important to weigh in on the contract negotiations which will commence when our current contract ends in February.  The survey closes Friday 6/24.  Please find your individual link that was sent to you by PSC2334b at on May 11 and May 23.  Please do fill out the survey entirely.  Quite a few John Jay faculty and staff started, but did not finished the survey.  If that includes you, you may bring it up by typing survey monkey as the web address in the browser you used, but following the original link in your email will do the trick, too.


Chair changes, and Alternate Delegates elections

Dear John Jay Chapter,  [from Zabby Hovey]

I must tell you that John Pittman resigned on Monday, June 2 as my Co-Chair (and the John Jay Chapter’s nominal Chair), but I am happy to report that this was his thoughtful treatment of a sabbatical year which will start imminently.   John continues to serve on two union-wide committees, but will not be chair or co-chair for the last year or our slate’s 3-year term.

       On Thursday, the PSC Elections Committee recognized me, then the nominal Vice Chair, as the acting Chapter Chair and recognized that the chapter had a new vacancy at Vice Chair.   On Friday your chapter Executive Committee* voted by acclamation to elect Nivedita Majumdar as Vice Chair.   The Executive Committee proceeded to direct us, as we also desired, to serve as co-chairs, sharing power and responsibility equally as we serve this chapter throughout the coming year.
       For those of you who are not aware, before Nivedita served the whole union as the PSC Secretary for several years, she and John Pittman originated the co-chair approach to chapter leadership.  When the PSC Elections Committee meets this week, we expect it will certify Nivedita’s election to Vice-Chair, acting as chapter Co-Chair.  Of course, I am pleased to again share chair responsibilities with someone with proven dedication to our chapter and union.

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New contract bargaining

Dear Colleagues —   Hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch a breath during the ‘spring break’ week; may the sprint to the ‘finish line,’ through the last three weeks of classes begin!  Once this semester ends, only the regular Fall ’22 semester stands between us here, now, and the end of our current PSC-CUNY contract, which ends on the last day of February, 2023.
You might think, ‘well, that’s still a ways off!’ but time has a way of catching up with folks.  So we need to start thinking and planning for the bargaining for and winning a good new contract NOW.  What should the PSC’s priorities be?  What are the most important needs and demands for each of the many job categories covered by a PSC-CUNY contract: Faculty, both full-time and part-time; HEOs (Higher Education Officers); CLTs (College Laboratory Technicians); NTAs (Non-teaching Adjuncts), …?  Our strength will come from understanding.
We invite you to come to a conversation, sponsored by our chapter’s Campus Action Team, about what the key issues are that you would like to see addressed in the next contract. Come one, come all, and join the conversation!   Apr 27, 2022 01:30 PM, via Zoom.  Please see your email for the Zoom information.
John Pittman & Zabby Hovey, co-chairs