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Testimony of Michael Fabricant Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

In support of Council resolutions supporting state DREAM Legislation
to extend college financial aid to undocumented students

On behalf of the 25,000 members of Professional Staff Congress, I wish to thank Committee Chairpersons Rodriguez and Dromm and the members of the Council’s Higher Education and Immigration Committees for the opportunity to speak in support of the Council resolutions urging passage of state DREAM legislation which would extend financial aid to undocumented immigrant students who graduate high school or earn a GED in New York State

New York is instituting a new, inferior pension plan (Tier 6) that will apply to all CUNY employees, including adjuncts, who join Teachers Retirement System on or after April 1.

Teaching Adjuncts, Non-Teaching Adjuncts, and Adjunct CLTs have a FINAL opportunity to enroll in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and be covered under the more-generous Tier 4 pension plan between now and March 31. Please read this whole message to get complete details.

The passage of Tier 6 had everything to do with political ambition and an ideological agenda of protecting the rich; it had nothing to do with solving New York State’s immediate budget shortfall. It was a vote against the interests of whole generations of working people and the communities that rely on their income.

Sign the PSC petition calling for the repeal of Pathways and its replacement by an alternative, then RSVP for the Town Hall Meeting on Pathways.

Town Hall Meeting on Pathways
Thursday, March 8 -- 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Community Church of New York

40 East 35th Street (Between Park and Madison Avenues)

Hear from colleagues across the University.

Join the campaign to defend shared governance and academic freedom.

Learn about the next steps for the PSC lawsuit against Pathways.

Find out how we can challenge Pathways and demand an alternative.

All faculty, staff and students welcome.

Download a flier.

Let us know that you are coming by clicking HERE.


PSC President Barbara Bowen delivered testimony about how the Governor's Executive Budget proposal will affect faculty, staff and students at CUNY. In her testimony, Bowen highlighted important positive developments in the Governor’s budget plan, like the inclusion of adjunct health insurance and funding for CUNY's mandatory cost increases, and she made a powerful case for more public investment in CUNY.

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola testified about CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP) at an over sight hearing hosted by the Higher Education Committee of the New York City Council. Here is her testimony:

On Friday, December 9, 2011, PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola testified about financial aid for undocumented immigrant students before a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly Joint Hearing of the Committee on Higher Education and Governmental Operations. Here is her testimony:

STATEMENT ON THE LEGISLATURE’S IMMINENT RETURN
TO ALBANY TO ADDRESS “TAX REFORM”

The Legislature and the Governor have an opportunity to enact real, progressive tax reform and to spare millions of low- and middle-income New Yorkers from the continuing injustice that is built into the current State budget. For the sake of the 99% in New York—including thousands of CUNY students—they must not squander their chance. They must retain the “millionaires’ tax” or implement a new tax on the 1%.

CUNY faculty, staff and students:

Red-Phone.jpgAfter months of pressure from grassroots campaigns and occupations, Governor Cuomo has finally signaled his willingness to “restructure” the state tax code as part of a larger economic plan. Lawmakers are in Albany this week, meeting in conference and preparing for a possible special legislative session. Now is the time to press for an end to policies that put the interests of the rich and super-rich above the needs of CUNY students and millions of other ordinary New Yorkers.

Call your Assembly Member and your State Senator right now via the AFL-CIO action line.

Dial 877-255-9417

By John Tarleton

PSC members At Baruch 11.28.jpgMore than a thousand CUNY students, faculty and other supporters rallied outside Baruch College Monday afternoon protesting tuition hikes and the use of violence last week by campus police against student protesters who were prevented from entering a public hearing of the Board of Trustees.

“We need to show solidarity with students,” said a faculty member from QCC.

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