Got something to say to the CUNY Trustees?
Next Monday, October 22, is your chance! The Board of Trustees hearing next Monday is the opportunity to tell the CUNY trustees what you think they should demand in the next CUNY budget.
- Do you think it’s time for a raise?
- Do you want the trustees to get the teaching load reduction fully funded?
- Do you want the trustees to include enough money in their budget request to pay adjuncts a fair wage?
- Do you think the trustees should take a public stand against the State government’s practice of not funding new contracts?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should make your voice heard next Monday afternoon, October 22. The hearing will take place at Baruch College, starting at 4:30 p.m. You must be signed up in advance in order to testify, and you will have a maximum of three minutes to tell your story or deliver your message. Email Ida Cheng (email@example.com) by Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and PSC staff will sign you up and provide you with details.
Press the Presidents Petitions
PSC chapters are collecting signatures on local petitions urging the presidents of their colleges to publicly support fair adjunct faculty pay of $7000 per course and increased salaries for all CUNY faculty and staff. Just as important, the petitions urge the college presidents to push for a CUNY budget request that includes public funds to support the union’s contract demands. The current collective bargaining agreement is not sufficiently funded by the State. As a result, colleges have been forced to cannibalize academic budgets to help cover the costs. Seven chapters have their petitions posted online. Add your name to the petition for your campus.
- Bronx Community College
- Brooklyn College
- City College of New York
- The Graduate Center
- John Jay College
- Lehman College
- Queens College
- City Tech
600 PSC Members March to CUNY Board Chair's Wall St. Bank, to Demand a Fair Contract
Nearly a year after the expiration of our union contract, hundreds of CUNY faculty and staff marched through the Financial District today to demand public investment in CUNY and raises for underpaid faculty and staff. Led by a brass band and carrying lighted signs, hundreds of union members picketed outside the NY Stock Exchange before chanting our way to the investment banking firm of William C. Thompson, chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees.
“CUNY needs investment and an administration willing to demand it. Wall Street is awash in profits, yet public institutions like CUNY are starved of funds. It’s time for Wall Street to pay its share and time for the CUNY trustees, led by Bill Thompson, to demand public funding for quality CUNY education and a fully funded contract for CUNY faculty and staff,” said Professor Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union of CUNY faculty and professional staff. Read more