Does the picture of PSC marchers, as far as the eye could see, approaching the Brooklyn Bridge, convey how exhilarating Sunday was? It felt like thousands of us going over that span. Thanks to all who participated, understanding that “the union is us.“ Such a show of strength and unity may help persuade the legislature to that full funding now is essential for student success and a thriving CUNY in the future.
Meanwhile, as you know, the chancellor had ended the mask mandate for the university as a whole. Attached please find our letter to Provost Yi Li, noting that the chancellor’s abrupt change to our working conditions risks endangering some, and places the onus on those at risk. We are encouraged by Yi’s response (also attached), that faculty can set a mask standards in their classrooms. The college has ordered 10,000 masks, which are available at the college entrances. Supporting widespread mask-wearing helps ensure the safety of our workplaces and strengthens our community, fully including those who are still at risk.
Please join us this Friday at 1 o’clock, when our joint zoom forum with Baruch College will introduce three of the PSC committees that are engaged with social justice issues. Come hear Nancy Romer of the Environmental Justice Working Group, Lawrence Johnson, chair of the Anti-Racism Committee, and Jonathan Buchsbaum of the International Committee describe the vital work of their respective committees. That work contributed to the PSC resolution of solidarity with Palestine last June. This forum will include an open mic for PSC members to share their views on that resolution. Finally, PSC President James Davis will comment, and present the recent changes to our union’s resolution process. Please check your email for the link to register.
Finally, we hope to see you in early April at our next Chapter meeting, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th.
Zabby & John