Professional Staff Congress | 61 Broadway, 15th Floor, NYC 10006 | 212-354-1252 |212-PSC-CUNY | email@example.com | AFT Local #2334
The letter calls on your local Assembly representative to urge Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to prioritize funding for retroactive pay for the PSC contract as part of this year's State budget negotiation. When you send your letter, a letter will also go to the Speaker informing him that you have contacted your representative.
Feel free to personalize the letters and explain what it means to you and your family and your students to have been without a contract for five years. But don’t worry if you don’t have time to add your own message; the important thing is that you send the message.
Emergency Contract Protest
The PSC has called for an emergency protest next Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM to demand that the CUNY administration move on the union’s contract demands. After nine months of bargaining, we have had no acceptable movement on the contract, on either economic or non-economic demands.
Join us on Tuesday, March 31 at Hunter College, 68th and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan to show CUNY managers that we need a contract that addresses both salaries and working conditions.
RSVP here to let us know you will be there.
PSC Officers Urge More City Funding for CUNY
Steve London, PSC first vice president, and Mike Fabricant, PSC treasurer, testified Fri., Mar. 6 at a City Council hearing examining Mayor de Blasio’s Preliminary Budget for CUNY. The Mayor’s budget plan would increase community college funding by $13 million, but it would count on the City Council to continue funding for the City Council Merit Scholarship, ASAP, CUNY LEADS, the Murphy Center for Worker Education and other CUNY centers and initiatives.
London urged the Council to continue support for the centers and initiatives and also called for a more ambitious discussion about funding CUNY—a discussion worthy of a progressive city with progressive leadership. Fabricant laid out the PSC’s city budget plan, which calls for:
- continued support for CUNY’s centers and initiatives (+$15.9M);
- a new council initiative to fund 100 new full-time faculty lines(+$10M);
- addition of 1,000 new full-time faculty and staff lines over time; and
- a new council initiative to fund need-based financial aid to compliment the City Council Merit Scholarship (+$5M).