January 18, 2011
PSC-CUNY Award Applications Deadline, Jan. 28
Don’t miss the chance to apply for a PSC-CUNY Award. The CUNY Research Foundation website has the full text of the guidelines, which will govern a three-year pilot program beginning this year.
The application deadline for this cycle of awards is Friday, January 28, 2011. All applications, as in the past, must be submitted electronically; details are online here. Under the new guidelines, applications must now be submitted for one of three categories of awards:
- Traditional A Awards, of up to $3,500.
- Traditional B Awards, of more than $3,500 and up to $6,000.
- Enhanced Awards, of more than $6,000 and up to $12,000.
PSC to Join in February Lobbying Pushback Against Cuomo’s Austerity Agenda; Please Get Involved Now
Given the signals of severe budget cuts, wage freezes, tax caps, and other austerity measures coming from the Cuomo Administration, NYSUT has scheduled two important statewide events.
An extraordinary lobby day to be held February 15 at the Capitol will bring in grassroots lobbyists early to speak up on bedrock issues: budget, revenues, jobs and defending union rights. Unprecedented statewide home district lobby days are being planned for February 3 and 4 to turn out members in full force from one end of the state to another, carrying our messages to legislators in their district offices. "We must fight back now to preserve a quality education for our students and hard-won benefits and labor rights," said Steve London, PSC First Vice President. Please contact Amanda Magalhaes to learn more and sign up to participate.
PSC to Testify at City Council Hearing on Tuition Impact
PSC President Barbara Bowen will testify Thursday before a City Council committee examining the impact of the recent tuition increase at CUNY on access and the quality of education. To attend the hearing and sign up to speak, contact Amanda Magalhaes. Bowen’s testimony will highlight the effect of increased tuition on student access, and will show why increased State revenue—rather than cuts and tuition increases—is the only realistic way to fund CUNY.
Union, Management to Hold First Bargaining Session on Jan. 26
The PSC and CUNY will hold their first bargaining session to discuss the new contract on Wednesday, January 26. The old contract expired on October 20, 2010 but under State law all its protections remain in place. For more on the union’s demands see the contract special section in the December 2010 issue of Clarion.
Nominations for PSC Chapter Elections to Begin Feb. 1
PSC chapter elections will be held at 13 campuses this spring. Nominating petitions will be available upon request from chapter chairpersons or the PSC office from February 1, 2011 to March 1, 2011. To find out more, click here.
PSC to Host Immigration Forum, Jan. 24
Leaders from the immigrant rights and labor movements will discuss the future of immigration reform at a public forum the Metro New York Labor Communications Council will hold at the PSC Union Hall on Monday, January 24, at 6 pm. Speakers include Javier Castano of Queens Latino, Angeline Echeverria, Director of Organizing Support at La Puente and Bob Ledwith, Business Manager/FST Local 46 Metallic Lathers & Vice President of NYC Building Trades. Esther Kaplan of the Nation Institute will moderate.
UFS Conference on Higher Education in the Prisons
The University Faculty Senate (UFS) is hosting a conference on Higher Education in the Prisons on Friday, February 4, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Graduate Center. A growing body of research suggests that post-secondary education can make a crucial difference in the lives of the incarcerated – lowering their chances of becoming a repeat offender by as much as 30%. To register, call the UFS at 212-794-5538 or click here to do so by email.
PSC Goes to the Movies: Saturday Triple Feature
A screening of the Red Riding Trilogy, three films based on the quartet of novels by David Peace that probe the deep, chauvinistic corruption of West Yorkshire in northern England. Each film is directed by different directors who bring real events vividly to life. The screening will be held Saturday, January 22, starting at 12 pm at the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor. For the full calendar of this year’s PSC’s “Labor Goes to the Movies” series, click here.
PSC at the Theater, Jan. 23
The Retirees Chapter and the PSC Women’s Committee are sponsoring the union’s fourth annual winter theater event with the Working Theater’s production of “Honey Brown Eyes” on Sunday, January 23, at 3 pm. The play will be staged at the Clurman Theater on 42nd St. between 9th and 10th Aves. Tickets for PSC members are only $20. Reserve your seats today – last year's event was sold out! Send your checks, payable to “Working Theater”, to Steve Leberstein at the PSC, 61 Broadway, 15th Floor, NY, NY 10006. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti-Foreclosure Coalition Organizes to Put Chase Bank in Its Place
A coalition of grassroots organizations led by NY Communities for Change will meet on Friday, January 21, at 10 am to continue organizing a campaign to pressure mortgage giant JPMorganChase to adopt a series of policy fixes that would assist distressed homeowners facing foreclosure. The meeting will be held at the Legal Aid Society at 199 Water St. (between Fulton and John). To RSVP, contact Amelia Adams of NY Communities for Change at 347-410-6919 ext. 243 or email her at email@example.com.