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March with the PSC on May Day—Thurs., May 1

Demand $5K for CUNY’s Low-Wage Workers

Demand Fair Contracts, Fair Wages and Job Security for All Working People

Adjuncts, full timers, faculty, and staff—we need your presence and your indomitable spirit at the May Day march and rally, Thurs., May 1, 5:00 p.m., starting at City Hall. RSVP here. As part of a national mobilization, academic unions like the PSC and UUP, are demanding a minimum starting salary of $5,000 per course for adjuncts. May Day, the international workers’ day of action, is the perfect time to make the $5K demand visible in our city and link the struggle of college adjuncts to that of New York’s other low-wage workers. It’s also a day to stand with our partners in the city labor movement who, like us, are working without a contract, and with immigration activists who, like us, are fighting for the NYS Dream Act and a better life for the next generation of New Yorkers. Click here to let us know you’ll be coming.

Plan to meet your PSC friends and colleagues at 4:30 p.m. at the southwest corner of Broadway and Chambers St. Download the May Day $5K flier and the general May Day flier.

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VOTE NO CONFIDENCE IN CUNY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

For the first time in decades, the entire full-time faculty at Brooklyn College passed a resolution at a special college-wide meeting on April 8 to demand that the Brooklyn College and CUNY administrations respect the faculty’s historic role in designing courses, general education programs, and degree requirements. The resolution passed by a vote of 298 in favor, 9 against and 18 abstentions.

The resolution also states that the faculty have “no confidence” in the CUNY Board of Trustees to make curricular decisions.

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Leadership Change at NYSUT

Karen Magee, a veteran elementary school teacher and president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, is the new president of NYSUT. Magee and the “Revive NYSUT” slate of officers and at-large directors were all elected this past weekend by a majority vote at the union’s annual Representative Assembly in New York City. Click here to read the announcement and the list of new officers. Magee is the first woman elected president of NYSUT. She replaces Dick Iannuzzi, who served as president for nine years.

PSC President Barbara Bowen was quoted on why she and other PSC officers supported the new team of NYSUT leaders in this Capital New York article.

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Federal Government Recognizes Same-Sex
Marriages for Tax Purposes

Opportunity to Recoup Federal Taxes Paid

As a result of the Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, federal tax policies have changed so that – going back to 2010 – couples whose marriages were not recognized for tax purposes can file amended tax returns for 2010, 2011 and/or 2012.

There is a 3-year statute of limitations for claiming a tax return, so an amended tax return for 2010 must be filed by April 15, 2014.

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Anne Friedman of BMCC is NYSUT’s higher education member of the year. The PSC vice president for community colleges, Anne is a member of the PSC negotiating committee and its faculty workload committee. Her drive to make CUNY a better place to learn and work dates back to before she joined the BMCC faculty in 1978. As an undergraduate at City College, she participated in the successful fight for an open admissions policy at CUNY. Anne received the award at NYSUT’s Representative Assembly. Watch the video they played to honor her.

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AstroCom NYC was featured this week on WNYC. It’s an apprenticeship program at CUNY that provides scholarships and one-on-one mentoring to underrepresented students studying astronomy. Tim Paglione, a professor of astronomy at York College who heads up AstroCom NYC, is heard in the segment. So is BMCC student Ariel Diaz and astronomy professor and PSC union activist Saavik Ford. Listen here.

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The PSC is proud to have supported Mayor de Blasio’s hard-fought UPK campaign, which won $300 million in State funding for all-day universal pre-K in New York City. It’s an investment that will set the next generation of NYC children on a path toward success, and a huge relief for the thousands of CUNY faculty and staff who are parents of young children. Like the PSC’s successful campaign to negotiate a permanent paid parental leave benefit for CUNY faculty and staff, UPK will give the union’s members the support they need to thrive at CUNY. But you have to register immediately!

If you live in New York City and your child is turning 4 years old in 2014, it’s time to think about applying to pre-kindergarten! The application deadline is Wednesday, April 23. Here’s a link to the enrollment page, and here’s the announcement from the Mayor’s office.

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AdrienneWork.jpgAdrienne DeRoss, receptionist at the PSC since 1998, is retiring April 2nd. For the last sixteen years, it has been her welcoming voice and face that members hear and see when calling the PSC or first entering the union's offices.

As Adrienne put it:

I enjoyed this from day one. I like helping people. That's basically what you do at the front desk.

To hear more in Adrienne's own words, click the arrow below.

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Getting action to fix decaying campuses

  • Is your office unbearably hot/cold? Can you tell it's raining without looking out the window (because you ceiling leaks)? Do you dread using the dirty bathrooms in your building?leaks)? Do you dread using the dirty bathrooms in your building?
  • If you're tired of working in buildings that are suffering from chronic neglect, this meeting is for you! Hear what other campuses are doing and most important--what works!
  • Bonus topic: Using Questionnaires/surveys to ACTIVATE Health and Safety Concerns

Time: 5:30-6 pm light supper; 6-8 meeting/brainstorming

Pleases rsvp to hswatchdogs@pscmail.org to ensure you get a sandwich!

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New York—The Professional Staff Congress, the professors’ union at CUNY, praised the State Assembly Majority for supporting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten initiative and his plan to pay for it. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced Monday that the Assembly’s budget resolution would allow New York City to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs.

Barbara Bowen, president of the union representing 25,000 faculty and staff at CUNY, said:

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