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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.

There has never been a better moment for the State Legislature to fight for investment in quality, affordable, public higher education. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Excelsior Scholarship, though flawed, has reaffirmed the value of CUNY and SUNY and made “free tuition” for many a realistic policy goal.

The fate of the so-called millionaires’ tax, a multibillion dollar revenue generator for the state, was unknown, as the details of the New York State budget were being finalized by state lawmakers.

The controversial secretary of education and her agenda is ripe for resistance.

Ending corporate welfare programs and expanding the millionaires' tax were some of the demands of a coalition of groups demanding tax reform in Albany. Revenue coming in from these reforms could support underfunded public education, from K-12 to higher ed.

Trump’s assault on labor | January/February 2017

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of maximum solidarity.

The theme of the conference is “overcoming austerity, adjunctification, racism, sexism, militarization and repression.”

In this moment of right-wing populism, a professor who studies higher education issues argues that now is not the time to hesitate and remain neutral. Academics should take a public stance against right-wing populism – both inside and outside the academy – and ensure that threats to vulnerable communities are not tolerated.

There's a lot at stake in the November 8 election. Defeating Donald Trump at the polls is only the first step toward progress. There's a lot more electoral work to be done.