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)

Defend Public Education

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing education agenda that endangers CUNY, attacks teachers and hurts students. It’s an austerity agenda that would decimate the state's public schools and colleges.

PSC’s statewide affiliate, NYSUT, is launching an ad campaign and mobilizing a massive grassroots response to the governor’s attack on public education and professional educators.

Read more, and visit the NYSUT campaign resource page for an activist’s tool kit, testimonials, and a list of 12 ways you can join the fight.

PSC to CUNY Trustees: No Contract. No Peace.

A hardy group of PSC members and leaders attended the Monday evening CUNY Board meeting despite the forecasted blizzard to keep pressure for a fair economic offer on the CUNY Trustees. The members carried signs that said “Still No Offer” and “No Contract. No Peace.” While at the meeting, President Bowen delivered a letter reminding the Trustees that the union holds them responsible for authorizing a contract offer without delay.

“During the more than five years since our last raise, costs in New York City have soared, CUNY enrollment has grown, salaries at competing institutions have kept pace with inflation, and CUNY faculty and staff have been required to take on bigger workloads as initiatives by college presidents and CUNY administration proliferate,” said President Bowen in the letter. “We doubt that any of you would work at your positions for five years without a raise, and you clearly did not expect a chancellor to work at the pay rate of 2009. Why, then, should we?”

CUNY Responds. But Where's the Urgency?

Board of Trustees Chair Benno Schmidt responded to President Bowen's message with a letter stating that the Board shares the Chancellor's desire to complete negotiations for collective bargaining agreements with faculty and staff. He closes by urging the PSC to continue working with the CUNY administration through "appropriate channels." As long as there is no fair economic offer on the table, the union will continue to communicate the urgency of our demand using all available channels.

PSC members, help press our demand for a fair economic offer by taking part in the Virtual Mass Action this Monday, February 2. Watch your email Monday morning for instructions on how to participate.

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