Open Letter in Solidarity with CUNY Faculty and Staff Demanding a Strike Authorization Vote
We, the undersigned, believe the layoffs of 2,800 adjunct faculty and staff at the City University of New York are unacceptable. Cutting 15% of the faculty means bigger class sizes, less individual instruction, and fewer course offerings leading to delays in graduation.
Decades of cuts have left CUNY underfunded and increasingly reliant upon rising tuition from overstretched students. Instead of defunding the police or taxing wealth, policymakers have chosen to slash the services the people rely on, including CUNY. This will further punish CUNY students who are predominantly working-class students of color and the most affected by the current pandemic. CUNY needs investment, not divestment.
We stand in solidarity with and support the demands of CUNY faculty and staff for a strike authorization vote to reverse these layoffs and to fight for a fully funded and free CUNY. Immediate and drastic collective action is our only hope — for our laid-off colleagues, for our students who will suffer immeasurably as a result of these cuts in courses and services, and for the public university we all believe in. We need every member mobilized for the fight to come!
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Your affiliation with CUNY
Parent of a CUNY student
CUNY employee but not in the PSC
Academic worker outside of CUNY
New Yorker who cares about CUNY
Which CUNY school are you affiliated with, if any?
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Bronx Community College
Guttman Community College
Hostos Community College
Kingsborough Community College
LaGuardia Community College
Queensborough Community College
College of Staten Island
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Medgar Evers College
New York City College of Technology
The City College of New York
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
CUNY Graduate Center
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
CUNY School of Law
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Macaulay Honors College
Are you a union member (besides PSC) or affiliated with a university (outside CUNY)?
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