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Interview with Nick Russo, PSC attorney

In this interview, conducted by Irwin Yellowitz, Nick Russo, the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) lawyer of 28 years discusses many of the technical aspects of his career. He was hired in 1975 shortly after the Select Faculty Committee was instituted as a result of collective bargaining. In addition to being the union’s lawyer during arbitrations, Russo describes his legal role in navigating retrenchments, agency fee rebates, house council internal issues and disciplinary cases. The interview also covers other aspects of his profession, which included the training of grievance counselors, and professionalizing arbitration process through advance meetings. Beyond the informative nature of this interview, Russo warmly remembers working with what he called one the most “educated collective bargaining units.”

Source | Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC)
Creator | Yellowitz, Irwin
Date Created | August 7, 2014
Interviewers | Yellowitz, Irwin
Interviewees | Russo, Nick
Rights | Copyright Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC)
Item Type | Oral History (Digital)
Cite This document | Yellowitz, Irwin, “Interview with Nick Russo, PSC attorney
,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 24, 2019,

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