In her May 27 commencement address at the Graduate Center, Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine urged graduates to commit themselves to supporting and defending public education and other vital public institutions. "Remember your roots, and go public - everywhere you can," Fine said.
CUNY central administration’s plan to overhaul general education requirements has sparked months of debate, and this spring 80th Street promised that a revised proposal would reflect concerns raised in faculty discussion. But when CUNY released a revised version of the General Education initiative in mid-May, faculty governance leaders expressed bitter disappointment.
Finding the time for union action in an already busy schedule is difficult. But PSC members have responded to the challenge in many different ways during this past semester. Here are some of their stories.
On May 2, when the CUNY Board of Trustees blocked John Jay College from awarding playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree, they seemed surprised that their action drew such intense and widespread protest. They should not have been.
Community colleges face deep cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal. With grassroots lobbying and protest in the streets, PSC members are pressing the City Council to restore these funds.
On March 31, the New York State Legislature approved an austerity budget that imposes deep cuts on the working and middle classes, in order to reduce taxes for the richest people in the state. The PSC was at the forefront of a wave of protest against these upside-down budget choices.
80th Street’s plan to restrict general education across CUNY has sparked widespread concern. Two Brooklyn College faculty members argue that it's a threat to faculty decision-making over curriculum, and won't solve the real problems that students face. What do you think?
Months before Andrew Cuomo proposed his 2011 budget – or was even elected New York State’s governor – a small group of New York power brokers began organizing a business coalition that would support Cuomo’s efforts to balance the state’s budget through spending cuts that target public service and public workers.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to gut the collective bargaining rights of most of the state's public employees sparked the the largest, most dynamic action by the labor movement in several decades. Clarion reporter John Tarleton joined the occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol building from February 25 to 27 and files this report.
On April 4, 1968, an assassin robbed us of one of the greatest prophetic voices of the 20th century. While many people know that Martin Luther King died in Memphis, many don’t know that he died while fighting for the right of public workers to have a union.