PSC Officers Testify About the NYS Budget
Barbara Bowen calls for full funding of CUNY
PSC officers were in Albany Tuesday, January 24 to testify before a joint hearing of the State Senate and Assembly finance committees on the Executive Budget for higher education. President Bowen, in her testimony, described a need for a multi-year phase-in of full funding for CUNY. She called for more progressive taxation in New York State to support investment in public higher education, and she offered a critique of Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarships. Of the proposed scholarship program, she said:
“Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship proposal elevates the idea of free college tuition, reaffirms the value of CUNY and SUNY, and suggests that free public college is a realistic goal. That in itself is a breakthrough. The plan is presented as a promise to the people of New York that the state is committed to increasing economic mobility and sustaining the middle class. But the promise must be real. The Legislature can make it real by seizing the opportunity created by the proposal and making a commitment to restore full funding to CUNY and SUNY.” Download the union’s budget testimony.
President Bowen made a similar argument in this letter, which ran in the New York Times the day of the hearing.
CUNY’s analysis of the Executive Budget is posted here.
Numbers are growing for the Women's March on New York City this Saturday, January 21! Sign up here to let us know you plan to join the large PSC contingent and to receive updates. Bring your family, colleagues and friends. All are welcome. We have also invited CUNY students and labor activists from other unions to march with us. Join us on this historic day of resistance.
Don’t miss this historic, necessary protest. And you don’t have to travel to D.C. to participate. The PSC is organizing with CUNY students for a strong contingent at the Women’s March on New York City.
PSC Meeting Point:
Northwest corner of 46th Street and 1st Avenue
For the rally and march: by 10:15
For the march only: by 11:30
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Dear PSC members,
We have confirmed dates! In our meetings and phone calls with CUNY's Office of Human Resources Management, we continued to stress PSC members' anger at the length of time it has taken for the hard-won pay increases to actually show up in their paychecks. We insisted that the timetable announced in the first update must be made firm, and now it has been. We are assured by CUNY, New York State, and New York City that our retroactive pay back to 4/20/2012 will be paid in the second paycheck of January 2017, on January 19, 2017 at the senior colleges and on January 27, 2017 at the community colleges. In addition, faculty and professional staff who are on biweekly payroll on those dates will receive the biweekly pay reflecting salary increases through 4/20/2016.
For more details on the salary increases, back pay, tax-deferred retirement savings plans and reappointment letters, read the rest of this message. For even more information, you can follow this link to CUNY's "Frequently Asked Questions" on salary increases and retroactive pay, posted at the website of CUNY's Office of Human Resources Management.