Charlottesville

A message from Barbara Bowen
As one of the higher education leaders within the American Federation of Teachers, I contributed to the statement linked here and reprinted below. It was issued August 13 in response to the murder of Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, and the shocking open display of white nationalism, anti-Semitism and Nazi symbolism in Charlottesville and on the University of Virginia campus.

I know that PSC members will not be silent. We hold many different political views, but I am confident that we are united in our condemnation of the murder and racist violence in Charlottesville, linked as it is with a terrible history. I was proud to be with the large contingent of PSC members who participated in the demonstration at Trump Tower. Many more attended rallies in Union Square, Brooklyn and throughout the region.

The PSC leadership will be in touch with union chapter leaders and members about what we can do as academic workers to counter the rise of neo-fascist and white supremacist movements, especially on college campuses. There is no place for such movements on a college campus, no place anywhere.

New Catastrophe Major Medical Plan

OPEN ENROLLMENT THROUGH JUNE 15

A message from Sharon Persinger, PSC Treasurer

Dear Members:

I am writing to make sure you are aware of a new opportunity, available through the union, to enroll in a Catastrophe Major Medical Plan with no restrictions based on preexisting medical conditions. The 45-day enrollment period ends on June 15. This may be a one-time opportunity. I urge you to consider seriously whether this additional insurance to cover medical emergencies, available through our statewide affiliate NYSUT, is right for you.

2017 Chapter Elections

Fourteen PSC chapters held elections in the spring of 2017. The chapters elected their local officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, and representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Most races were uncontested, though there were contested races at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. The election results were certified by the Elections Committee on May 8. The term of office for the newly elected candidates begins on May 22. Click here for a list of all newly elected chapter leaders and here for the vote counts of the contested elections.

Elections Committee

2017 Chapter Elections

Fourteen PSC chapters held elections in the spring of 2017. The chapters elected their local officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, and representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Most races were uncontested, though there were contested races at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. The election results were certified by the Elections Committee on May 8. The term of office for the newly elected candidates begins on May 22. Click here for a list of all newly elected chapter leaders and here for the vote counts of the contested elections.

At district level, members can fight for a progressive Albany

Pressing for accountability from lawmakers can begin in your own neighborhood. One union member shares how she organized a packed community meeting where attendees voiced their support for progressive causes to their state senator, Jose Peralta, who recently joined the Independent Democratic Conference, which has enabled Republican control of the state senate.

Tell Congress -- Defend and Expand the Safety Net!

PSC members under the age of 65: Congressional gunslingers have painted a bullseye on your prospective retirement and safety net benefits.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and other safety net programs are in the crosshairs of the 115th Congress. Given the louder and louder drumbeat of cutbacks and privatization, we are urging members – in service and retiree – to become 15-minute activists by making phone calls to their representatives in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Lottery for Access to Middle-Income Housing Units in Manhattan

Council Member Dan Garodnick will host an informational session on the StuyTown Lottery Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm at Simon Baruch Middle School, 104 Auditorium, 330 E. 21st St.

A small number of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are expected to become available at below-market rents at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. Located on the east side of Manhattan, below 23rd Street, this housing complex of over 11,000 apartments was recently taken over by a division of Blackstone Group. Download a flier.

In an arrangement negotiated with the deBlasio administration as part of the takeover, 40% of the apartments are to be offered at below-market rents as they become vacant. The management company expects the rent-stabilized rents for apartments that become vacant this year to be about $2800/month for a one-bedroom unit and $3400/month for a 2-bedroom unit.

The management company is running a lottery to create lists of interested potential tenants. There are minimum and maximum household income requirements for eligibility.

PSC members are invited to register for the lottery by clicking on the lottery webpage here and submitting the requested information between Monday February 6 and Friday March 10. Those who register are assigned random numbers. After March 10th, a certain number of random numbers will be drawn and will be placed on a list for income verification and for eligibility to be offered a lease as apartments of the desired size become available. The lottery will not be held until the end of the registration period; there is no advantage to registering early. You must be in a position to sign a lease within 90 days of the offer. You will be notified if your number is not drawn and you are not placed on a list.

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