Albany Must Pass the MOE ASAP

PSC leaders were in Albany Wednesday, June 8 standing alongside Senate Higher Education Chair Kenneth LaValle and Assembly Higher Education Chair Deborah Glick to call for passage of a true Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for CUNY and SUNY before the end of the legislative session on June 16. The 2016-17 Enacted State Budget held CUNY tuition flat for one year but it failed to fund the tuition freeze or address the MOE provision that PSC members fought hard for. Even the inadequate MOE provisions of SUNY 2020, which led to a decline in per-student funding because they didn’t cover increasing operating costs, are set to expire at the end of June. Without any MOE language, our four-year SUNY and CUNY campuses face further state funding reductions in next year's state budget. A strong MOE is needed to ensure that state funding is provided to cover operating costs such as rent, energy, fringe benefits and salary step increases. The news conference is being sponsored by PSC, UUP, NYSUT and NYPIRG.
The event was covered by the Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog and by Capitol Tonight's State of Politics.

Do your part to help pass the MOE by sending this letter to your legislators in Albany.

CUNY Rising Urges Contract, MOE

A letter sent from the CUNY Rising Alliance to Governor Cuomo, Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie last week called for funding for CUNY contracts and passage of a true Maintenance of Effort for CUNY during this legislative session. It was delivered the first work day after the front-page Times story, "Dreams Stall as CUNY, New York City’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters" and a few days before the First Lady's visit to City College. Read the letter here and coverage of the letter on Capital Tonight’s State of Politics blog here.

2016 Chapter Election Results

The Elections Committee met on Friday, May 13th to certify the spring chapter elections:

  • Brooklyn EOC – Chair - Felicia Wharton
  • College of Staten Island – Chair – George Sanchez
  • Hunter Campus Schools – Chair – David Towber
  • HEO – Chair – Andrea Vasquez
  • Kingsborough – Chair – Rita Yarmish
  • Lehman – Chair – Robert Farrell
  • Manhattan CC – Chair – Geoffrey Kurtz
  • Medgar Evers – Chair – Clinton Crawford
  • New York City Tech – Chair – Benjamin Shepard
  • Queensborough CC – Chair – Edmond Clingan
  • Retiree Chapter – Chair – Bill Friedheim

The effective date of office for the spring chapter elections is May 27, 2016 – 3 year term.

All of the elections were uncontested but two. The official count for the two contested election (CSI and BMCC) is available here.

State Budget Agreement

April 1, 2015 -- Message From President Bowen:
Dear PSC Member,
Until early evening yesterday, the PSC was receiving word from legislators in Albany that the final State budget would include at least some funding for retroactive pay for our contract. That the Legislature was prepared to move toward fairness for us and for CUNY was the result of the extraordinary campaign the PSC waged this year. When the final agreement with Governor Cuomo was reached, however, all funding for our back-pay was eliminated.

Chapter Elections: 2016

Members will elect leadership for eleven PSC chapters this month. Click here for the official election notice for the April 2016 chapter elections.
Ballots together with pre-paid return envelopes were mailed to members’ home addresses on April 1. In uncontested elections, ballots must be received by 5 pm at the PSC office on April 28. In contested elections, they are due at the office of the designated ballot-counting organization by 5 pm on April 28. All ballots will be counted at 10 am on April 29.

CUNY Rising: March, Rally and Meeting

With CUNY facing a half-billion dollar cut in State funding, the city’s most active community groups, civil rights organizations, labor unions and faith-based groups are mobilizing to save their university. They have formed the CUNY Rising Alliance to demand investments in CUNY students, faculty and staff. The Alliance groups will launch their campaign with a mass rally, march and meeting on Thurs., Mar. 10. The action will begin at 5 PM with a rally outside Gov. Cuomo’s Manhattan office (633 Third Ave., between 40th and 41st).

State Budget Campaign 2016

April 1 Message From President Bowen

Dear PSC Member,

Until early evening yesterday, the PSC was receiving word from legislators in Albany that the final State budget would include at least some funding for retroactive pay for our contract. That the Legislature was prepared to move toward fairness for us and for CUNY was the result of the extraordinary campaign the PSC waged this year. When the final agreement with Governor Cuomo was reached, however, all funding for our back-pay was eliminated.

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