Providing health insurance is not a frill; it’s a basic obligation of any decent employer. A call to action for all CUNY faculty and staff.
PSC members share their views about the adjunct health care crisis.
The CUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved sweeping policy changes on general education and transfer credits at its June 27 meeting, despite intense opposition from many faculty members.
PSC members have responded to the drumbeat of attacks on unions and public education by making their own media. "As we get pummeled by the narratives of the corporate media, it's important for us to develop our own narratives," said one, who helped start an eight-page alternative paper on his campus.
In her May 27 commencement address at the Graduate Center, Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine urged graduates to commit themselves to supporting and defending public education and other vital public institutions. "Remember your roots, and go public - everywhere you can," Fine said.
CUNY central administration’s plan to overhaul general education requirements has sparked months of debate, and this spring 80th Street promised that a revised proposal would reflect concerns raised in faculty discussion. But when CUNY released a revised version of the General Education initiative in mid-May, faculty governance leaders expressed bitter disappointment.
Finding the time for union action in an already busy schedule is difficult. But PSC members have responded to the challenge in many different ways during this past semester. Here are some of their stories.
On May 2, when the CUNY Board of Trustees blocked John Jay College from awarding playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree, they seemed surprised that their action drew such intense and widespread protest. They should not have been.
Community colleges face deep cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal. With grassroots lobbying and protest in the streets, PSC members are pressing the City Council to restore these funds.