Fight for Full State Funding of CUNY

Updated: January 11, 2019
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CUNY's Draft FY2020 Budget Request

CUNY's Inadequate Draft University Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020

There is no CUNY without the work we do.

Dozens of PSC members testified about CUNY’s inadequate draft budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 at a last-minute Board of Trustees hearing on Wednesday, January 9. The trustees’ request does not call for full funding for our contract by New York State, does not name an acceptable level of funding for the new teaching load reduction, and never mentions the word “adjunct.” Instead, it boasts about programs whose success is entirely dependent on our labor but makes only vague references to how the funding for our contract will be resolved.

The conditions described by faculty, staff and students at the hearing are indefensible. Adjuncts spoke about hundreds of hours of unpaid work, about losing their health, about being evicted because of their near-poverty pay. Full-time faculty described the damage done to the colleges by the lack of public funding. The PSC called on the CUNY Board to stop accepting poverty funding for CUNY and instead to demand the funding the University needs.

Check here soon for video of more members' testimony.

Higher Education Advocacy Day 2019

Tuesday, February 12, Lincoln’s Birthday

The PSC is working in coalition with NYSUT, UUP, NYPIRG, CUNY USS and SUNY SA to organize a major lobby day to demand new State investments in public higher education. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday. Classes are suspended for the holiday, so HEOs and CLTs will not have to use a vacation day to attend. Faculty and students won’t have to schedule around their classes. Why not spend the day off work in Albany lobbing alongside hundreds of PSC colleagues and CUNY students for State funding to support quality CUNY education and a fair contract?

Registrations for the overnight stay in Albany February 11 and the morning lobby meetings are closed. PSC members can still travel to Albany on one of the buses of CUNY students. Student/faculty/staff coalition lobby visits will take place between 12 and 3. Busses leave very early in the morning. Contact tbrown@pscmail.org to sign up.