Faculty, staff and students from throughout the borough of Queens testified Wednesday, April 17 at a hearing organized by the Queens College PSC chapter. State Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and John Liu were there to hear about the union's contract struggle and the impact of underfunding on the quality of education at the City University of New York. At the hearing, Senator Liu publicly criticized the CUNY administration for not fighting hard enough during the budget process and urged the incoming chancellor, Félix Matos Rodríguez, to speak up more.
Tell the Mayor and NYC Council to increase City funding for CUNY
New York City funds about 40% of CUNY community college costs, including collective bargaining, and a small share of senior college costs—a share that hasn’t increased in decades. The City budget process ends in early June, and the Mayor’s Preliminary Executive Budget for CUNY doesn’t increase funding for senior colleges. Send this letter urging your Council member and the Mayor to support increased City funding for wage justice and educational justice at CUNY. You can compose your own message to the Mayor or copy/paste from the letter to your Council member.
The PSC-CUNY contract (Article 19) provides for two types of personnel files for CUNY faculty and staff: a “personal” file and an “administration” file. The administration file is confidential, but you have the right to examine your personal file upon request. The PSC recommends that every employee – full- and part-time instructional staff, HEOs and CLTs – review and initial their personal file at least once a year to verify its accuracy.