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Handwritten Letter Concerning Responsibilities of Membership in the Professional Staff Congress

This letter from a nonmember of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) asks about the responsibilities of membership, particularly in regards to striking. The sender, a CUNY instructor, had been inquiring prior to deciding whether or not to join the newly formed union.

Her concerns regarding striking were prescient as PSC would soon deadlock in contract negotiations with CUNY and vote to strike on October 1, 1973 should no agreement be reached. The letter writer's concern was one shared by many faculty as striking was illegal under the New York State Taylor Law of 1967 which dictated that strikes by public employees could lead to financial penalties on both the union and individual strikers. The question became moot, however, as the PSC and CUNY reached an agreement on a new contract in July 1973 several months before the planned strike.

Source | Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Creator | Blanpied, Mary Jane
Date Created | May 24, 1972
Rights | Obtain From Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Blanpied, Mary Jane, “Handwritten Letter Concerning Responsibilities of Membership in the Professional Staff Congress,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 12, 2019,

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