A message from Barbara Bowen
As one of the higher education leaders within the American Federation of Teachers, I contributed to the statement linked here and reprinted below. It was issued August 13 in response to the murder of Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, and the shocking open display of white nationalism, anti-Semitism and Nazi symbolism in Charlottesville and on the University of Virginia campus.
I know that PSC members will not be silent. We hold many different political views, but I am confident that we are united in our condemnation of the murder and racist violence in Charlottesville, linked as it is with a terrible history. I was proud to be with the large contingent of PSC members who participated in the demonstration at Trump Tower. Many more attended rallies in Union Square, Brooklyn and throughout the region.
The PSC leadership will be in touch with union chapter leaders and members about what we can do as academic workers to counter the rise of neo-fascist and white supremacist movements, especially on college campuses. There is no place for such movements on a college campus, no place anywhere.
The New York State constitutional convention is sometimes affectionately referred to as a “Con-Con.” But public-sector unions know that it’s actually just a plain old con job.
There’s a vote this fall on whether the state should hold a constitutional convention. Unions say “no,” in order to protect workers’ rights and public education.
The union is embarking on a grassroots, rank-and-file "recommitment" campaign to keep the union strong if a potential Supreme Court case deals a shattering blow to unions, including the PSC. Members are energized and talking to each other about why this is such a critical moment for the PSC.