CUNY Needs Rational Investment, Not "rational tuition"

General Meetings about Bargaining the New Contract Begin

• Evening in Solidarity with the People of Haiti 2/19

• Student Activism Training This Saturday

• Lobby Against the Cuts with Students on 3/9

2010 Elections Notice

• DA Report

• Remind New Colleagues to Sign Up for a Penion Plan

February 8, 2010

General Meetings about Bargaining the Next Contract Begin
PSC President Barbara Bowen and other officers will visit every campus this semester to begin a union-wide conversation about bargaining the next contract with CUNY. The current contract expires in October of this year. Come to the meeting on your campus to discuss your priorities for the next contract and how we can generate the power we need. Contact your chapter chair or PSC Organizing Director Rob Murray for more information, and check the PSC website’s calendar to see when your campus meeting is posted. HEOs and CLTs are invited to the general meetings on their campuses as well as their cross-campus chapter meetings. 

One-Day Lobbying Blitz with Students in Albany on 3/9
The PSC and NYPIRG (New York State Public Interested Research Group) have teamed up to amplify the “rational investment” message in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9. This day is also co-sponsored by the CUNY University Student Senate and 6 campus student government associations. Buses from all five boroughs, mostly leaving from CUNY campuses, with students, faculty and staff will head to Albany for a one-day lobbying blitz. Join us! Tell your students (here is a flyer). They – and you – can sign up by calling Kate Pfordresher in the PSC office, 212-354-1252.

The PSC has also endorsed the March 4 rally in Defense of Public Education, which will occur at several CUNY and SUNY campuses. At 4 pm, protesters will converge for a centralized rally at Gov. Paterson’s Manhattan office, followed by a march to MTA headquarters. More information is available on their website.

PSC Night in Solidarity with the People of Haiti 2/19 at 5:30 The union is holding a fundraising night in solidarity with the people of Haiti, to be held in the Union Hall on Friday, 2/19 at 5:30 pm. The program will include Haitian music, food, and speakers including Queens College professor François Pierre-Louis, who was in Haiti when the earthquake struck and wrote about his experience in the new Clarion. Pierre-Louis and other CUNY scholars will lead a discussion of the politics and history that underlie Haiti’s vulnerability to the destructive consequences of an earthquake. 
Labor Goes to the Movies is showing will start at 8:00 pm
The PSC has made an initial donation of $1,000 to Haitian relief efforts, split between Doctors without Borders and Partners in Health.

GROWing a New Generation of CUNY Activists: Second Training Next Saturday, 2/20
The PSC will host a training for students about fighting cuts to the CUNY budget on Saturday, 2/20. The all-day program is at the PSC office and held at no cost to students; we provide Metrocards to cover students’ transportation. Please let your students know and pass on this link where they can download fliers and sign up electronically. For more information, contact Kate Pfordresher (212) 354-1252 or GROWforCUNY@pscmail.org.

Sign the Letter Opposing Cuts to CUNY
The governor has proposed $84.4 million in cuts to CUNY’s 11 senior colleges (including $20.8 million in cuts to workforce costs) and a cut of $285 per full-time-equivalent student from CUNY’s six community colleges (an 11% drop). Mayor Bloomberg also announced last week he is seeking a millions from community colleges, which the PSC quickly denounced.
Community and senior colleges are facing record enrollments – and the proposed cuts come after nearly $100 million in cuts last year and two decades of underfunding.
Add your opposition to the cuts: sign this letter to the call for a “rational investment” in public higher education. The new budget page on the PSC website features regular news, information, and ways to get involved to fight for CUNY. You can also lobby with the union in Albany or here in the City; call Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office 212-354-1252.

2010 PSC Chapter Elections Notice
This spring half of the PSC’s chapters will be electing officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, as well as members of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Nominating petitions are available upon request from chapter chairpersons or the PSC office from February 1, 2010 to March 8, 2010. Properly completed nominating petitions must be received at the PSC office, 61 Broadway – Suite 1500, New York, N.Y. 10006, by 5:00 pm, March 8, 2010. Ballots will be mailed to members’ home addresses on April 5, 2010 and must be received by 5:00 pm on April 29, 2010. For more, click here.

Saving State U: A Conversation at Demos
A new book examines how “budget cuts, tuition hikes, and debt burdens are undermining the best path to upward mobility that this country ever built” – something CUNY faculty, staff and students experience first-hand – and how this trend can be reversed. The PSC is cosponsoring a panel conversation on the subject with author Nancy and PSC First Vice President Steve London on Wednesday, 2/24 at 6 pm at Demos, 220 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor.

Education Policy Workshop at PSC on 2/23
This month the PSC will host Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Institute’s executive director, Warren Summers, will present A Bottom-Up View of the Federal Role in Urban Education on Wednesday, 2/23 at 4:30 pm in the PSC Union Hall. The session is the sixth in a series. More information is on the Annenberg Institute website.

PSC Closed Friday, Monday
The PSC will be closed on Friday, 2/12 and Monday, 2/15 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day, respectively. "This Week in the PSC" will be published on Tuesday, 2/16.