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From the Chairs

emailed to JJC Chapter 10/12/2023

Dear Colleagues,

If you already get it – simply follow this link and sign up.  A recap of our chapter meeting yesterday and links to bargaining updates are at the end.

Our push for our contract demands is a political one, with the idea being that we demonstrate our unity by showing up. The CUNY Trustees are our focus first. There are three times you can  show up next week in Manhattan’s Week of Action to demand a good contract, beginning with  signing up by noon tomorrow if you will testify, including by reading a statement by others.  Secure the option of testifying by emailing directly to  (More details at the very end.)

Our week is Monday 10/16 – building for Trustees’ attention and Red for Ed Thursday 10/19:

Monday 12 noon-1pm – Participate in our phone zap demonstration by zoom, calling CUNY targets and voicing your need for a strong new contract. Register now to join by zoom to get  your instructions.

Monday afternoon, 4:30pm, leaving from John Jay 3:40pm.  Board of Trustees Hearing, Marian Anderson Hall, 129 Convent Avenue, City College (@. If you’re angry and have complaints, like about pay in the face of all the inflation we’ve endured, that’s a great reason to speak up.  Here is the link for signing up for Monday and other ways of showing our power.  Those travelling with me, Zabby, can meet at the foot of the escalators in Haaren Hall at 3:40 pm.  In advance of that, come to 1.109 NB during community hour to paint / mark signs to bring with us.  If you cannot come, we will accept any written testimony you would like submitted to the Trustees. Questions, please call or text 646 872-0863.

Thursday 10/19 1:45pmand all day,  We will wear Red for Ed and rally together on the steps on 10th Avenue at 1:45 to make ourselves seen and heard publicly (if it’s raining, meet in the atrium by the statue of John Jay). You may have seen that day is also when John Jay is acknowledging the fight against Domestic Violence – plan now to wear purple and red.

At our chapter meeting yesterday our conversations were nuanced and revealing on the issues of guns on campus, the absence of raises with promotion, and a lack of administrative flexibility and support for both retaining adjuncts and providing classes for new fulltime lecturers.

The latest update about bargaining is right here.  Get oriented on Zoom (next options are Mon 10/23 12:30-1:30pm and Mon 11/6 6:30-7:30pm)  and attend the next session. That is another way to show up and show you are serious about a contract.

In Solidarity,


(Wishing your copy included all the RED that I put here.)

Co-Chair John Jay Chapter, PSC

@johnjayPSC – twitter

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Always useful information


Gayle M. Horwitz, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor & Secretary of the Board Notified the following:

Date: Monday, October 16, 2023 (jointly with the Public Hearing)

TIME: 4:30 p.m. LOCATION: The City College of New York, Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theatre, 129 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10027

PURPOSE: The purpose of the City University of New York Board of Trustees’ Borough Hearings is to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about University issues.

IN ORDER TO REGISTER TO SPEAK: Persons wishing to speak are asked to please notify the Office of the Secretary via email at prior to noon on Friday, October 13, 2023.Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes. No substitution of speakers will be permitted. Written statements are recommended. Statements may be any length and submitted in advance to

Message from the Chapter Co-Chair 10/3/2023

Emailed to all members on October 3, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

It was good to see many John Jay members names and faces at the PSC Town Hall meeting about our negotiations with management for a strong new contract last Thursday.

We’ll bring forth the local John Jay issues at our Chapter Meeting; we moved it to the next Wednesday, 10/11, please register now. A takeaway from the Town Hall is that we can build our power best by coming together visibly –  the week of 10/16 is the Manhattan Action Week  for Borough-wide activism.  Look for the sign up email  soon.   As a midtown CUNY campus, with a good size faculty that stands for justice, John Jay needs to be visible.

The Campaign Pledge Card is your ticket to showing up when it matters.  People notice when John Jay is in the house.

The next orientation session so you can be present for future bargaining session is Thursday night at 6:30.  Register here.

Please plan to come to the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting on October 16. It’s going to be at City College. Even if you cannot travel up with us, you can testify at this hearing and join in making signs for those of us who go.  John Jay needs to have 10 members come in person, including five people who have never come or spoken at all.  The trustees need to know we’re serious about real raises and our other demands.

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I hope you have figured out if the Catastrophic Major Medical is for you, because tomorrow, the 11th and the 12th are the last information sessions; there’s no telling how many years the window for enrolling will close for on 10/13.  (It is not long-term care, but it looks to me like one benefit it has is 240 weeks of 25 hours of home health care benefit.)

In Solidarity,

Zabby Hovey, Co-Chair John Jay Chapter, PSC

@johnjayPSC – twitter

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