Seventeen PSC chapters are scheduled to hold elections in the spring of 2019. They will elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, along with representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Candidate Declaration forms are available at the PSC office and here on the PSC website. To vote in the Spring 2019 PSC elections, you must have signed a PSC membership card before December 3, 2018. Only members can vote in union elections or contract ratification votes. The deadline for filing the Candidate Declaration form is January 11, 2019. Click here for the list of chapters that will hold elections, the election rules and other deadlines.
Students, community groups and unions launched a Citywide Day of Action on Wednesday, November 14 to demand that Albany and City Hall fully fund the City University of New York (CUNY) and expand programs shown to double graduation rates and save CUNY $6,500 per graduate. These programs—Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and Accelerate Complete Engage (ACE)—offer smaller classes and better advisement, as well as free tuition, MetroCards and books.
The Day of Action was part of the Fund CUNY ASAP campaign organized by the CUNY Rising Alliance, a coalition of 33 organizations that fights for free and quality education at CUNY.
Timed to coincide with the CUNY Board of Trustees’ formulation of the University’s budget request to the State and City for the next fiscal year, the day featured petitioning blitzes on ten campuses in all five boroughs organized by NYPIRG, PSC chapters, CUNY Rising, and the CUNY University Student Senate.
The petition addressed to Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio demands that New York fully fund CUNY and make ASAP and ACE available to all CUNY students. Per-student State support for CUNY senior colleges declined by 18% between 2008 and 2018. And the State’s refusal to fund collective bargaining costs has forced colleges to cut their already reduced budgets for academic programs and student support. City and State funding for the CUNY community colleges has been increasing, but not nearly enough to support CUNY-wide ASAP-level investments in student success.
Barbara Bowen to the Board of Trustees: “Aim Higher!”
At a meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees held October 29 at Baruch College, PSC President Barbara Bowen urged the Board to take a public stand against the State’s practice of refusing to fund the ongoing costs of labor contracts. “CUNY’s FY 2020 budget request must challenge the premise that poverty funding is all CUNY can expect. Aim higher! It must call for a fully funded contract, with real raises for all and $7,000 per course for adjuncts,” she said. Video of the meeting is posted here (President Bowen speaks at timestamp 41:45).
The meeting was held just a week after more than 100 faculty and staff testified at a Board hearing also held at Baruch. The testimony featured first-hand stories of the damage being done to the University by salaries that lag thousands of dollars behind those at comparable institutions, near-poverty-level adjunct pay and chronic underfunding.