On January 6, the City Council restored $4 million to CUNY community colleges out of a $11.8 million mid-year cut proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. The bulk of the $4 million restoration will be directed to instruction.
Half of the PSC chapters are up for election this Spring. An election notice provides a schedule and list of chapters up for election in April (and election and nomination procedures and rules).
Monthly (February) Chapter Chairs Meeting
Legislation Committee Meeting
Speaker: The scheduled speaker, James Parrot (Fiscal Policy Institute) will not be able to participate. Instead, Steve London will address CUNY budget issues.
Faculty members and college students gathered at City Hall at noon on Wednesday, December 8th to speak out on the impact of Mayor Bloomberg’s 5.4% cut in City funding for CUNY’s community colleges. The midyear reduction of $13 million will mean a loss of hundreds of class sections and adjunct faculty positions. Increased class size and decreased support services will harm students’ education and hurt graduation rates.
A PSC petition against Mayor Bloomberg’s planned midyear cut in City funding for CUNY community colleges was delivered to the City Council on Nov. 22. Signed by 3,000 faculty, staff and students, the petition was accepted by Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Council’s Higher Education Committee. Rodriguez said he would argue for CUNY as a priority in discussions with Speaker Christine Quinn and other Council members.
For full-time employees and retirees on the City health plan, the period for making changes in your choice of health insurance ends November 30. The change period for those adjuncts who are covered through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund also ends on Nov. 30.
Grassroots action by the PSC and other unions helped elect a number of pro-union, pro-CUNY candidates in a year when Republicans racked up electoral gains with calls for cuts in public spending.