CUNY's unacceptable offer

It took five years, multiple protests, the announcement of a strike authorization vote, and a sit-in to get the CUNY Administration to move, but they finally put an offer on the table at Wednesday's bargaining session-as PSC members assembled for a demonstration on the street below and prepared to risk arrest. Collective action works.

But we must keep the pressure on. The proposal CUNY management made on Wednesday falls far short of what is needed to pay us decently for the important work we do. It also fails to provide the investment needed to protect high-quality education at CUNY. Our last raise was in October 2009, and our contract expired in 2010. Here is Chancellor Milliken's economic proposal:

Six Things Milliken Could Do to Settle the Contract

A Message From PSC President Barbara Bowen
September 28

This Thursday, October 1, the PSC and allies from across the city will be delivering a wake-up call to Chancellor Milliken. Why? Because Milliken needs to wake up to the urgency we are experiencing after six years without a raise. We are taking the message to where he lives in order to make the need for a new contract as real to Milliken as it is to us. Will you be with us? Click here to say yes.

Milliken accepted the position of chancellor and the big salary and apartment that go with it. He is ultimately responsible for putting money on the table for our contract. It’s true that he has spoken up in Albany and made efforts to resolve the issue of State funding. Making an effort is good, but it is not enough. We need results.

As chancellor, Milliken has not offered the vision or strategy needed to resolve the difficult political situation in Albany he inherited. He has not effectively challenged the economic austerity agenda for CUNY.

Defending the Social Safety Net: A Call to Action

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Defend and Expand the Social Safety Net: A Call to Action

The PSC Safety Net Working Group has published an updated edition of Defend and Expand the Social Safety Net: A Call to Action. (Download a digital copy. Hard copies will soon be available at the PSC office.) The committee is hosting workshops across NY State for trade unionists, educators, community groups, seniors and social justice advocates. The booklet is part of a toolkit used in the workshops, which aim to help local activists widen advocacy in their own communities. Learn more about the Safety Net Working Group.

NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year: Steve London

Steve London, who is stepping down from office as PSC first vice president after 15 years of service, was named a NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Buffalo this past weekend. Watch this video featuring all the NYSUT honorees (Steve’s bit starts at 8:48), and join us in thanking Steve for his dedication to his CUNY colleagues. He takes on a new elected role as university-wide officer of the PSC Executive Committee and continues his roles as trustee and executive officer of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund and as NYSUT director.

Grading the Student Course Evaluation

Many CUNY colleges have been changing how student course evaluations are administered, moving from paper to online. Some faculty say that as a result they see a drop in the number of students who take the time to complete an evaluation. And then the results from some evaluations, according to recent reports, reveal some of the biases in how faculty are perceived.

Clarion is working on a story on student course evaluations, and we want to hear your thoughts on evaluations.

Share your thinking on student course evaluations by clicking here.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield Cyber-Attack Update

Empire BlueCross BlueShield was recently the subject of a hacking attack, as widely reported in the news. Empire BlueCross is NOT emailing or calling members about this data breach, so don’t respond to calls or emails claiming to be from BlueCross, and don't click on links in any such emails. Read the notice posted on the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund website for more information.

Anthem-- the parent company of Empire BC/BS-- released the an update on the recent hacking attack. (Read more)

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