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Chapter Meeting – Monday 23 August 11 am – link and agenda

Because of the uncertain circumstances in which re-opening is taking place, the John Jay PSC Chapter will have a pre-semester chapter meeting this coming Monday at 11 am to discuss next steps:

PSC John Jay is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Pre-Semester Chapter Meeting
Time: Aug 23, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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We’ve enlisted 3 experts to join us:

Angelique Corthals, John Jay’s own, who has been advising the Reopening Committee (she advises Doctors without Borders, too).

Andrea Vasquez, PSC 1st VP

Joan Greenbaum of the PSC Health & Safety Watchdogs

This is the agenda.  We’ve sent some questions to the experts, Q&A from the meeting will be the main event.

11:00   Welcoming comments/ Chair + quick updates

11:05  Comments on the state of the pandemic: Angelique C. (7 min)

11:12   Overview of current PSCco position: Andrea V. (10 min)

11:22   PSC watchdogs basic strategy: Joan G. (8 min)

11:30   Q&A, comments from the floor (25 min)

11:55   Chapter petition, other asks, #CUNYSafeReturm Press Conference  (5 min)

Walk-throughs Report to John Jay Campus Employees

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We write to report that a small group of PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs completed two walkthroughs of our campus spaces.

  • Pre-occupation walkthrough 1 July 21, we joined management representatives to visit the BMW level 6; Haaren Hall Levels C, B, 1 (Library), 2, 3.
  • Pre-occupation walkthrough 2- On July 27, we joined management representatives to visit LL Westport both floors, and the New Building levels L, and 1.
  • Future Pre-occupation walkthrough 3– This Is scheduled for 8/17/2021 during which we will visit classrooms which will be in operation FA21 and academic departments, including all locations where specific issues have been raised by members of the bargaining unit.
The group of people on these walkthroughs included Janet Winter, Rulisa Galloway-Perry and Ellen Belcher, who have been attending PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs meetings weekly, as well as ventilation and workplace health and safety training from NYCOSH, OSHA, NYSUT. We were joined by JJC co-chairs John Pittman and Zabby Hovey and other JJC PSC volunteers. All of us have received walkthrough training with PSC-CUNY. We encourage you to sign up for to be a PSC H & S Watchdog because it empowers our safety vigilance going forward.   From management, we were joined by Mark Flower, Oswald Fraser, Don Gray, Diego Redondo, Tony Balkissoon and Anthony Bracco. We were told that DC-37 had a separate walkthrough previous to ours.
We are pleased to report that the spaces we visited looked, smelled, sounded and felt clean and well-ventilated. We thank our brothers and sisters in DC-37, Teamsters and other bargaining units who have obviously been working very hard to get the campus ready for our return to our workplaces. We do not have the equipment nor expertise to measure ventilation levels, but we were told that CUNY, ASHRAE and CDC guidance was being followed in all areas. We did measure temperature and can report that all areas we visited were in the 68 – 74 degree range.
 
While we did not notice any egregious concerns regarding our physical workplaces, we do continue to have great concern about policy, procedures, and communications necessary to keep all of us safe.  For example, during our walkthroughs we had many discussions about our concerns: potential crowding, especially in shared offices, reception areas and computer labs where PSC members’ workstations are located, especially after students return.
 
Administrators emphasized to us that the safety of departments and units, including adequate distance, are the responsibility of each supervisor; many or most of these individuals are also in the PSC bargaining unit.  We hope that they are getting the support and information that they need to keep us all safe.
 
We know that many health and safety concerns and questions remain about individual workplaces. We encourage you to register for and attend the Return to Campus Update Forum for Employees on Wednesday, August 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (Described here). We also encourage you all to continue to report Health and Safety concerns to your supervisors and management.  There is also an anonymous complaint option for you to voice your concerns. 
 
Our reporting form will remain open to receive your concerns, but it does not substitute for a discussion of your concerns with your supervisor and/or facilities staff.  Please keep in touch with us, by using this form or email us directly (jjcpsc@gmail.com).  Please also visit the PSC health and safety web resources on our website and on the PSC website.
 
We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ellen Belcher, JJC PSC Chapter Health and Safety Committee Chair, JJC PSC Delegate
Rulisa Galloway-Perry, JJC Campus HEO Advisor, JJC PSC Delegate
Janet Winter, Cross Campus Officer, PSC Executive Council, JJC PSC HEO Delegate
John Pittman & Zabby Hovey, JJC PSC Chapter Co-Chairs, JJC PSC Delegates

Today (July 20, 2021): Tell the JJay watchdogs what You know About your Workplace

Dear John Jay Colleagues,
It was great to see many of you at yesterday’s management forum on the return to campus.
As you heard, the situation keeps changing, and a few important decisions and procedures are still to come.  Soon, we’re told, perhaps when the Reopening Committee next meets.  What hasn’t changed is CUNY and John Jay management’s goal of an August 2nd return to campus (at 50% levels) by full time staff and library and other hourly faculty.  The 8/2 date is almost upon us.
Fortunately, we now know our first walkthrough inspection will be tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday 7/21. So we need your help quickly.   Many of you are actually experts on the spaces we will be visiting, so we seek your input on the physical concerns you have – like locations that have previously been tightly occupied or had inadequate air flow.
Anyone in our bargaining unit, with any title, whether represented by the “John Jay” or cross-campus “HEO” or “CLT” chapters, can fill out this linked form. (https://forms.gle/jLCKDrq9AZvoLBvN9)
 
On policy and procedural issues, you may find it helpful to review the written presentation VP Mark Flower used in yesterday’s forum.  He indicated it would be made broadly available.  The College administration’s AskJohnJay@jjay.cuny.edu email address may possibly receive your policy queries.  Share your reasoned arguments with the management policy deciders.
We are happy to learn that our essential colleagues in DC37 (serving administrative, technical, maintenance and other roles) will have representatives on the walkthrough tomorrow as well as the PSC.
In solidarity,
Zabby Hovey & John Pittman

From the Chairs, 19 July, 2021

Dear John Jay Colleagues,

Management is having a zoom forum about our ”Return to Campus” today at 1 pm. We think it is important that it answer your workplace safety questions in the continuing pandemic. Register here. Send them your questions in advance if you like.

We should expect to hear whether John Jay is going to be more protective than CUNY’s July 1-posted guidelines. Those are here.

If you have specific workplace concerns that do not get addressed at today’s forum, tell them to our PSC John Jay Health & Safety Watchdogs. Look after 2:30pm at our PSC @ John Jay College Commons webpage for a link to a googleform designed to receive any specific workplace concerns.

FORM WILL APPEAR HERE

Our trained chapter representatives will walk through our buildings in three careful visits. We hope management will put them in the calendar today. We will inspect ventilation, physical improvements, support for distancing and other protections. A 50% return of on-campus staff and faculty is scheduled for August 2, but we must have convincing walk-throughs in all those workspaces first. Timing has become urgent.

Please help us help you by communicating your specific concerns at today’s forum and to the chapter watchdogs.

In vigilance and anticipation,

Co-chairs Zabby Hovey & John Pittman
jjaypsc [AT] gmail {DOT} com

Remembering Professor Barry Spunt

Photo of Dr Spunt wearing a shirt and tie

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Barry Spunt died from complications related to pancreatitis on Feb. 5th, 2021 after being in the ICU at Bellevue Hospital since August.  All of the charges that were brought against Barry were dismissed.  There has been no official announcement of his death from John Jay College, despite requests from his family.  Barry worked at John Jay from 1993, serving as Sociology Department Chair and Deputy EO of the CJ PhD program.  Continue reading