From the Chairs – February 4th, 2021

Colleagues —  Despite the pandemic and the budget austerity imposed by Albany, CUNY’s Spring ’21 semester is underway. The fight continues for full funding, for pedagogically appropriate class sizes, for the teaching and learning conditions our students need and deserve.
Tomorrow, Friday morning (at 10 AM), the PSC holds a press conference announcing the filing of the New Deal for CUNY legislative package, aimed at instituting a budget framework to assure the funding and fiscal health of CUNY, while expanding the counseling staff and teaching faculty of the university and eliminating tuition. It’s an exciting vision whose time has come. If you’d like to be part of the zoom press conference, to show support for the New Deal legislation, you can do by registering here.

You can also easily personalize or just send a letter to the Chancellor and the CUNY Trustees, calling on them to “release the funds!” provided to the university by the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

And do please sign — if you haven’t already — the online petition for smaller class sizes at CUNY .

Mark your calendar:  we have scheduled two John Jay College PSC Chapter meetings — for Tuesday, March 2nd (register here ), and for Monday, April 19th.  Our March meeting will feature the fight for a New Deal for CUNY. 

One last thing:  organizing to assure our funding and to be ready if management makes poor choices is vital now, so we want you to converse with another chapter member on the issues facing all of us this month.  Your department representative – you can find their name in our chapter website — would love to hear that you are ready to help us call some of your colleagues.  Or just join us in our zoom-based calling sessions on Tuesday afternoons at 4. Organizing colleagues  is meaningful and worthwhile.

Please let us know if you have questions, or special concerns or issues you think we should address.  You can reach us at

best wishes for a successful semester,

John & Zabby