Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget
Governor Cuomo's proposed Excelsior Scholarship breaks new ground conceptually and elevates the idea that public college should be free. It has the potential to lift barriers to college attendance and change the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. But it is unclear how the proposed $163 million is adequate to cover the cost.
Free college tuition is only half of the solution. A progressive vision for New York's middle class should include not just a college education, but a high-quality college education. Important as investment in college affordability is, it does not substitute for desperately needed investment in basic operating funds. We are disappointed that the proposed Executive Budget appears to decrease public investment in CUNY's senior colleges and appears to propose the sale of CUNY assets to “partially offset State support for CUNY.” We await the details of the plan.
More than a half-million New Yorkers, mainly low- and middle-income New Yorkers, depend on CUNY for a route to a secure future and good life. Yet CUNY has suffered from years of underfunding, including under Governor Cuomo, which has led to a decline in per-student support.
Policymakers must seize the opportunity created by the Governor's Excelsior Scholarship proposal and offer a bold plan to restore full funding to CUNY.
We support the Governor's call to pass the DREAM Act this year. Access to State financial aid for undocumented students, who are among the hardest-working and courageous at CUNY, should be part of any college tuition support proposal.
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
Let us know that we can count on you to be there by filling out this form.
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.