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CUNY Board Hearing for the People

Speak Your Mind

Friday, June 26 2:30 - 3:30 PM

ON ZOOM: Participants will be emailed the Zoom registration link and instructions the day before the event.

TESTIMONY: The PSC will accept written testimony from any hearing participant who wishes to submit it. A link for written testimony submissions will be made available to participants during the hearing. Oral testimony presented on Zoom will be limited to two-minutes and subject to available time.

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Save Lives. Save Jobs. Save CUNY.

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Our Demands

No return to in-person work without a safe return!
No Cuts! No Layoffs!
No Tuition Hike! No Fee Increase!

IN PERSON: Hostos Community College, In Front of the C Building, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

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Professional Staff Congress Ad Campaign Says “CUNY Must Do Better” for Students and Communities of Color—and for Workers

PSC Demands: No Cuts to Courses, No Layoffs!

New York, NY – Under threat of deep City and State budget cuts with just two weeks remaining before possible mass layoffs of CUNY adjuncts, the union representing over 30,000 CUNY faculty and staff has launched its second ad campaign in two months demanding “No Cuts. No Layoffs” for the already underfunded university system.

Earlier today, the PSC legal counsel sent CUNY's legal counsel a formal request for information. The union is requesting the information in order to prepare for potential litigation, if necessary, concerning CUNY's use of federal stimulus funding during the coronavirus crisis.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748), or the "CARES Act," which was signed into law on March 27, provides for more than $250 million in federal funding to be allocated to CUNY colleges. The amount includes funds based on the number of students at each college and the portion of low-income students, plus additional targeted funding for minority-serving institutions. The funds are allocated to each college individually, based on the college's student population.

Under the provisions of the CARES Act, at least $118 million of the funds allocated to CUNY must be used to provide emergency financial aid to students. CUNY management reports that the University has distributed, or is in the process of distributing, those funds to students in need. But where is the rest of the funding? Even if CUNY is waiting for the final transfer of the funding from the federal government, there is no justification for colleges to implement cuts and layoffs when committed federal funding could help to avert them.

The systemic assault on the Black body has gone on for far too long—400 years and counting. We are outraged and heartbroken over the police murder of George Floyd, just as we were at the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland and so many more. Further, we are disheartened by the profound lack of leadership demonstrated by our elected leaders, especially their inability to propose and implement substantive reforms that promote real change. This lack of action combined with a lack of empathy, patience, and respect for protesters gathering to say Black Lives Matter is more than a series of missteps - it is a continued danger to New Yorkers for whom law enforcement’s responsibility to “protect and serve” is taken as a suggestion instead of a mandate.

As labor unions, we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who have risen up to protest against state violence towards people of color, systemic racism, and police brutality. We cannot and will not stand down as we witness daily the violent response of the NYPD without reprimand nor consequence.