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Rally to Stop Layoffs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center—Thurs., Sept. 12
Too many hospitals in Brooklyn are slated for closure or privatization; vital healthcare services and jobs are on the line, and the community is waging an all-out campaign to fight back. Dozens of employees from SUNY Downstate, members of our sister union, United University Professions, will lose their jobs on Sept. 25, and hundreds more layoffs are expected! A coalition of faith, labor and community organizations has called a rally for SUNY Downstate on Thurs., Sept. 12 from 12-1 PM at the hospital’s 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance. Please be there to show your support and solidarity. Download a flier for the rally here. For text message updates on the campaign, text UPSTATE to 57682.
In early July media outlets throughout the nation widely misreported that the Oregon State Legislature passed a plan for “Tuition Free Higher Education” or “Debt Free Higher Education.” The bill that actually passed in Oregon, widely known as Pay It Forward, sets up a commission to propose a pilot program to allow students at two colleges in Oregon to defer their tuition payments until they leave college.
PSC’s national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, has raised serious objections to Pay it Forward and similar schemes. PSC opposes the plan for many of the reasons put forward by the AFT, not the least of which is the way Pay It Forward will likely accelerate Oregon’s ongoing divestment in public higher education.
CUNY faculty, staff and students: reserve your spot on the bus for the Saturday, August 24 march. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 PM.
Civil rights, faith-based and community groups and labor unions, including the PSC, are mobilizing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the occasion of Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. Support for racial justice and civil rights demonstrated at that march spurred passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s time to take a renewed message of anti-racism and human rights to Capitol Hill, especially after the Trayvon Martin verdict. It’s time to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling, and to demand action on unemployment, poverty, gun violence and immigrants’ rights.
Faculty, staff and administrators at City College of San Francisco, a community college serving 85,000 students, learned recently that their college is slated to lose its accreditation. On July 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the accreditation commission that oversees City College and all other California community colleges announced that it is stripping City College of its accreditation, effective July 31, 2014.
Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC, sent the following letter of support to Alisa Messer, president of AFT 2121.
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is spreading the word about the extended application deadline (Oct 3.) for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program.
The WTC Health Program, which offers free monitoring and treatment for covered conditions to those who may have been exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, can still take new applicants.While the Health Program can still take new applicants, the clock is ticking for injured 9/11 Survivors and Responders to register claims with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) for economic losses due to their 9/11 injuries. Most injured Responders and Survivors must complete online registration by October 3rd, 2013.
[Story by Mike Hill, AFL-CIO Now Blog, 7/10/13]
Oh, the sweet irony.
Pete Peterson is the conservative billionaire who is a major financier in the effort to dismantle, cut and privatize Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Recently he and his foundation held a contest asking folks to submit videos on why it is important to “fix” the national debt of which, he and his foundation falsely claim, Social Security is a major contributor.
Sometimes the best-laid plans for a propaganda campaign can go awry. The winner of the $500 grand prize determined by popular vote on the website came from the completely opposite side of Peterson’s cut Social Security argument.
Update: Organized Protest Pays Off -- Petraeus to Work $1 a Year.
July 15. 2013. The New York Times reports that David Petraeus, after protest from within and without CUNY, will work at Macaulay Honors College for $1.00 a year. That is considerably lower than the $200,000 that CUNY was originally going to pay him for teaching a three-hour course for the 2013-14 academic year. After a shower of protest from CUNY faculty and staff and from elected officials, the salary was reduced to $150,00 and now $1.00.
Click here for more extensive coverage of the controversy over the Petraeus appointment, including:
- Protest by CUNY faculty, staff and students.
- Protest by elected officials.
- Links to media coverage.
CUNY FACULTY PROTESTS HIRING OF DAVID PETRAEUS
$150,000 FOR ONE COURSE IS “OBSCENE”
New York—The union representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York has called CUNY’s plan to pay disgraced former CIA Director David Petraeus $150,000 to teach one seminar per semester “obscene” and has demanded that the University set priorities that fit its mission.
The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has endorsed Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City because of his progressive record and his focus on ending economic inequality.
“We support Bill de Blasio because he stands for an alternative to the politics of austerity that have dominated New York for too long,” said Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC. “De Blasio understands the strategic importance of CUNY and has a vision of its place in a city where opportunity is not limited to the richest 1%. New York must not continue to be the most unequal city in the country. We believe that de Blasio can win and can be part of making the change this city needs.”
PSC’s Delegate Assembly voted to issue the endorsement for de Blasio and for four other citywide and borough offices.
Click here for a list of City Council candidates endorsed by the PSC.