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Professional Staff Congress Joins Anti-War Protest in Washington D.C.

Photograph of Professional Staff Congress, the union of CUNY faculty and staff, demonstrating with students in Washington, D.C., 2011.

Action, April 1968

This issue of Action includes a detailed account of a City College professor's experience working within CCNY's "Pre-Baccalaureate Program," news of an upcoming collective bargaining vote, and editorials regarding various university-wide [...]

Action, April 1969

This issue of Action features stories on recent CUNY budget cuts largely attributable to a $70 million shortfall between city appropriations and CUNY requests. Also found in the paper are articles detailing new union demands for lecturers, [...]

Action, February 1969

This edition of Action leads with the results of a recent CUNY-wide faculty vote regarding union representation. It also includes articles covering the UFCT's legislative efforts in Albany, ongoing threats to CUNY's budget, as well as book [...]

Action, May-June 1969

This issue of Action features a "forum" of five CUNY faculty reflecting on the "turmoil" present on college campuses across the nation. The professors' contributions reflect several perspectives on student protest efforts and the larger issues [...]

Action, November 1968

This edition of Action announces the upcoming election of a "collective bargaining agent" for CUNY faculty. The faculty are set to choose between the UFCT (the publisher of this paper), the Legislative Conference, or no organizational representation [...]

The Gadfly, April 1968

This issue of The Gadfly includes announcements of upcoming union chapter meetings as well as a response, from BMCC Professor Mayer Rossabi, to the piece "On A Revolutionary Purpose for the Union," published in the May 1967 issue.The [...]

The Gadfly, February 1967

This issue of The Gadfly contains editorials, a message from the president of the UFCT's New York Local, a continued critique of the accreditation process (part one found in December 1966 issue), and short fiction by faculty. The Gadfly was the [...]

The Gadfly, March 1966

This issue of The Gadfly opens with the announcement of an emergency meeting to discuss the dismissal of a speech instructor. The rest of the paper outlines a defense of the instructor as well as an indictment of the procedures leading to his [...]

The Gadfly, March 1967

This issue of The Gadfly leads with a series of articles regarding a proposed CUNY campus to be located in Harlem. Also found is an introduction to CUNY’s new “College Discovery Program,” a critique of Playboy magazine, and [...]

The Gadfly, May 1967

This copy of The Gadfly opens with news of chapter elections and bylaws, and contains a lengthy opinion piece entitled "A Revolutionary Purpose For the Union." Also to be found are editorials, a review of the film Blow-up, and short [...]

The Gadfly, November 14, 1966

This special, abbreviated issue of The Gadfly covers a dispute over compensation relating to BMCC’s transition to a semester system. It includes an open letter to the college president as well as the minutes from the union chapter’s [...]

The Gadfly, November 1966

This issue of The Gadfly features a report outlining a recent meeting between union committee members and BMCC's president regarding compensation issues. It also contains editorials, essays and film reviews contributed by faculty.The [...]

Student wearing Nixon Mask

Printed in the BMCC 1971 yearbook, Prism, this photograph shows a BMCC student wearing a plastic President Nixon mask in front of BMCC's "B-bldg" at the height of the 1970's protests. Students demands included an end to student fees and a day [...]

Strike! graphic from BMCC 1971 Yearbook

Printed in the BMCC 1971 yearbook, Prism, this photograph was used in the "Strike!" section and was taken during the student takeover of the college in May 1970.

BMCC student "Louis Chessimard Outlines Grievances"

Taken from the BMCC 1971 yearbook, in this image, Louis Chessimard is outlining the grievances of Borough of Manhattan Community College students to an audience which included Dean Leon Cohen and President Block (holding megaphone).

MEC for MEC, Albany, 1976

Demonstration in Albany when budget cuts threatened Medgar Evers College. Sign reads: "DON'T LET THEM ASSASSINATE MEDGAR EVERS AGAIN! KEEP ALIVE THE ONLY FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE IN OUR COMMUNITY!!"

PSC Rally with Children

This photograph was used by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) as part of its campaign against a 50% tenure quota policy for academic departments that had been announced by Chancellor Robert Kibbee, and then approved by the Board of Higher [...]

Audience at First PSC Contract Rally

This October 1972 mass meeting at the Marc Ballroom at Union Square, New York came at a time when the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) was deadlocked with CUNY administration during negotiations for the union's first contract following its creation [...]

Lobby Efforts in Albany, NY

Belle Zeller, Professional Staff Congress (PSC) president, was a frequent visitor to the New York legislators, first on behalf of the Legislative Conference, and then, after the merger, for the PSC. Here, in 1973, she is joined by State Senator John [...]

Rally Demanding Progress in Contract Negotiations

This photograph captures a rally held by the Professional Staff Congress during their deadlock with CUNY administration over the terms of a new contract in 1973. As negotiations stalled, the PSC held a number of rallies demanding that CUNY [...]

Bus Ride to Albany Rally

Belle Zeller, Professional Staff Congress (PSC) president, can be seen at the right with Israel Kugler, the union's deputy president standing at the back. The photo was taken on a bus trip to Albany to rally in support of Open Admissions. The PSC [...]

Picketing at Baruch College

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) picketed in favor of Open Admissions, among other things, in front of Baruch College in February 1973. Their efforts to save Open Admissions from budget cuts presaged the struggles that would come with fiscal [...]

Tenure Quota Rally

Carrying a sign that reads "Tenure Means Academic Freedom," Irwin Polishook, Vice President of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), is joined by Carol Brandon, a union leader from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, at a rally against [...]

PSC Contract Rally

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) struggled to win its first contract from CUNY in 1972 and 1973. It called on support from others in the labor movement to help put pressure on the CUNY administration. At this meeting, President Belle Zeller of [...]

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