More than 40,000 students are urging Governor Cuomo to sign the bi-partisan Maintenance of Effort bill, legislation to protect educational quality at CUNY and SUNY. Postcards signed by the students were delivered to the governor’s office on Friday, November 20 by a coalition of groups, including the PSC, CUNY University Student Senate (USS) and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). Students and faculty leaders also held a press conference.
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Sixteen chapters are scheduled for election in April 2016. Up for election are Chapter Officers, Delegates and Alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly and PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. The Term of Office is 3 Years. To vote, one must be a member of the chapter as of December 1, 2016.
1. Deadline for filling Declarations of Candidacy will be January 6, 2016.
2. Pre-printed Nominating petitions will be available upon request from the PSC office on
February 1, 2016.
3. Fully completed nominating petitions must be received at the PSC office, 61
Broadway – Ste. 1500, New York, N.Y. 10006, by 5:00 pm, March 2, 2016.
4. Ballots will be mailed to members’ home addresses on April 1, 2016.
5. Ballots will be counted April 29, 2016.
For a list of chapters up for election, more details and the official election notice, click here.
Governor Cuomo is Failing CUNY Students
“CUNY Union Questions Cuomo's Progressive Credentials.” That was the PoliticoNY headline the day after nearly 1,000 faculty and staff packed the Great Hall at Cooper Union for a mass meeting Thurs., Nov. 19. At the meeting, President Bowen laid the failure to resolve the PSC-CUNY contract at Governor Cuomo’s feet, saying: “Governor Cuomo cannot call himself a progressive if he is not progressive on CUNY, if he is not willing to make a real investment in the education of the low-income working people, people of color, and immigrants whom CUNY serves… Failure to invest in CUNY faculty and staff represents a political decision not to invest in the people we teach.”
Bowen also laid out a five-point strategy for winning a fair contract and announced the union’s counter offer. The strategy includes: 1) naming Governor Cuomo’s responsibility for not funding our contract and demanding that he change his position; 2) enlarging our fight by involving more allies; 3) amplifying our message through increasingly aggressive media and social media campaigns; 4) making a counter-proposal to CUNY’s below-inflation offer; 5) getting organized to use our full power, if necessary, by building for a strike authorization vote. The PSC counter-offer calls for increases of a total of 14% over 6 years and includes other proposals to enhance the quality of students’ education, including allowing faculty more time with individual students and establishing employment continuity for adjunct instructors.
The union’s film series explores the theme of "surveillance” on Fri., Oct 16 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor) with a screening and discussion of Lives of Others (Germany, 2006). It is no surprise that this Oscar-winning film garnered numerous awards since its appearance in 2006 as the astounding first feature by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany, 2006). Set in the East German Democratic Republic in 1984, it accurately reprises the suspicion, surveillance, terror and despair engendered by 200,000 secret police (the Stasi) in service to the state’s hunt for its traitors, who might be your friend, employer, lover, mother… But it’s not a documentary—it’s a complex drama about how a successful playwright, his actress girlfriend and their Stasi investigator live out their life-and-death moral crises. The story is unpredictable, subtle, and extreme. Edward Snowden named it as one of his inspirations. Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.
All full-time and part-time faculty and staff eligible for the NYC Health Benefits Program are eligible to transfer their health benefits and/or enroll during the month of October.
The theme of this year's Labor Goes to the Movies film series is "surveillance." We explore the theme Fri., Sept. 18 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor) with a screening and discussion of Citzenfour (Poitras, US, 2014). The film documents the initial interviews Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill conducted with Edward J. Snowden while U.S. intelligence was hot on his trail, interviews that resulted in the publication of his world-shaking revelations about NSA spying. Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.
The theme of this year's Labor Goes to to the Movies film series is "surveillance." We explore the theme Friday, September 18 in the PSC Union Hall (61 Broadway, 16th floor) with a screening and discussion of Citzenfour (Poitras, US, 2014). Refreshments provided. $2 suggested donation. Doors open at 6 PM.
Laura Poitras’s film documents the initial interviews Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill conducted with Edward J. Snowden in Hong Kong while US intelligence was hot on his trail, interviews that resulted in the publication of his world-shaking revelations about NSA spying. Citizenfour, released in 2014, is the winner of more than forty international awards including the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary. A.O. Scott of the New York Times praised it as both “a primal political fable for the digital age” and “a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the ‘Bourne’ movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film.”
Student and faculty leaders gathered at sites throughout the state on Wednesday, July 22 to stress the importance of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing “Maintenance of Effort” (M.O.E.) legislation that would improve the quality of public higher education in New York. At Baruch College, CUNY students were joined by their professors, labor leaders, and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, the Assembly sponsor of the bill, which passed with bipartisan, near-unanimous support.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has convened a three-person Wage Board to decide on a pay raise for hundreds of thousands of fast-food workers across New York State. Fast-food workers and supporters will rally to urge the Board to raise the wage all the way to $15. Governor Cuomo plans to be there. PSC members do, too. Join us. Here is a flier.
This move by the governor, who has proposed a minimum wage of $11.50 in NYC ($10.50 elsewhere), is happening because fast-food workers and unions throughout the state have organized and struck and campaigned relentlessly for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Governor Cuomo has not yet called for a $15 per hour wage, the wage fast-food workers need to support themselves and their families, but the Wage Board has the power to make it so. What happens next is up to all of us.
Teaching adjuncts: know your rights about reappointment and Unemployment Insurance during the summer.