January 24, 2011
PSC Tells the City Council: Hike Funding, Not Tuition
PSC President Barbara Bowen told the City Council Higher Education Committee on Thursday that CUNY’s planned reliance on tuition hikes would reduce students’ access to college and undermine public funding for higher education.
Bowen argued that increased public investment rather than tuition increases is the way to fund CUNY. She called for the restoration of progressive tax policy to make such investment possible. She also debunked a popular myth that financial aid protects the poorest students from tuition hikes and called for targeted financial aid reforms.
Union, Management to Hold First Bargaining Session,
The PSC and CUNY will hold their first bargaining session for a new contract on Wednesday, January 26. The old contract expired on October 20, 2010, but under State law all its provisions remain in place until a successor agreement is negotiated. For more on the union’s demands see the contract special section in the December 2010 issue of Clarion. To find out the latest on the PSC's Committee of 500 and how you can get involved in its organizing work to help win a fair and just contract, see Page 5 of the January 2011 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-CUNY Award Application 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.
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: 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.
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 repeat offenders by as much as 30%. To register, call the UFS at 212-794-5538 or click here to do so by email.