In observance of Presidents' Day, next week's edition of This Week in the PSC will come out on Tuesday, February 19.
February 11, 2008
Join PSC/CUNY COPE
The union’s budget and legislative advocacy is paid for by voluntary member contributions to PSC/CUNY COPE, the political action arm of the PSC. We urgently need your support to turn proposed budget cuts to CUNY into budget enhancements and to achieve our legislative goals. All PSC members received a mailing last week reporting what the union has accomplished through PSC/CUNY COPE, this year’s goals, and how members can sign up to make payroll deductions to support our political work.
Contract Campaign Actions
PSC members are mobilizing on many fronts in the campaign for a new contract. Information on all these events and actions is also available on the website, where you can always find bargaining news and background information as well.
Valentine’s Day Parental Leave Actions
“CUNY, stop breaking our hearts! Give us time with our families!” say the Valentine’s Day cards that the PSC will be asking faculty, staff and students to sign on at least 13 campuses on February 14. The postcards are part of an effort to raise awareness on the campuses that CUNY does not offer a single day of paid family leave—an outrage the union is fighting hard to change through its demand for paid leave. For a full list of the campuses involved and event times and locations, consult the website. For more information, contact Albert Munoz at the PSC office. To see the November WNBC feature story about PSC members “Choosing between Career and Baby,” click here.
Tell us Your Story about the Need for Competitive Salaries
As the union continues to pressure management for an economic offer, we need to hear your stories in order to fight for the best salary increases possible. We need to document, college by college, department by department, member by member, how the lack of competitive salaries is undermining our ability to offer a quality education to our students. Click here to tell us your story. Be sure to include your name, title, department and campus.
PSC a major presence at State Assembly Hearing on Higher Education
The PSC continues to be a central voice in the debate over the preliminary report by the state Commission on Higher Education. More than 40 faculty and staff signed up to testify at the Assembly hearing on Friday, with testimony lasting into the evening. Faculty spoke about the need for competitive salaries if CUNY is to recruit new professors, about the urgency of funding for long-awaited new buildings, about the travesty of adjunct pay, the need for health insurance for graduate employees, and about the importance of improving conditions and support for CUNY students. PSC President Barbara Bowen provided an analysis of the Commission's preliminary report, commending the Commission for breaking the silence about the State's failure to fund CUNY, but calling on the Commission to modify its final recommendations to include full CUNY funding. Steve London, first vice president of the PSC, presented a detailed analysis of the pitfalls of relying on ever-increasing student tuition to fill a funding gap that was thirty years in the making and of the Commission's recommended funding formula for community colleges.
Community College Workload Group Meeting 2/29
Full-time faculty at the community colleges have been meeting and organizing since last May and will be holding their next event on February 29, 1-4pm, in the PSC union hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor. The group grew out of a meeting between community college faculty and the union’s bargaining team. Since then group members have been working on both long-term strategies to reduce teaching loads and get more reassigned time and short-term efforts to figure out what can be done now to address workload issues on campuses. The February 29 meeting is an opportunity to share stories and experiences; to talk about how workload issues affect teaching, research, tenure and promotion; and to organize to come together across campuses to address these issues. To RSVP, please contact Rose Pignataro in the union office. For more information, contact Anne Friedman.
"Responses to our request for information about how CUNY's low salaries affect you have been pouring in to the PSC. Thank you! But we need to hear more--every story is relevant to us as we press CUNY for an economic offer that allows for real progress toward restoring competitive salaries. Please take a moment right now to drop us a few lines about your own economic situation or the needs of your department." – Barbara Bowen, President