This Week at the PSC

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? One-Day Lobbying Blitz with Students in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9

? PSC to Testify at the City Council This Week and Next

? PSC Night in Solidarity with the People of Haiti A Success

? General Meetings about Bargaining the Next Contract Underway

? Saving State U: A Conversation at Demos This Wednesday

? DREAM Act Week of Action and Scholarships

? Some HEOs Due Letter of Reappointment 3/1

? Sign the Letter Opposing Cuts to CUNY

? Write to Clarion about Budget Cuts

? Education Policy Workshop at PSC Tomorrow

? 2010 PSC Chapter Elections Notice

CALENDAR

• 2/23 Chapter Meeting, Brooklyn College

• 2/24 Chapter Meeting, Medgar Evers College

• 2/24 Chapter Meeting, Queens College

• 2/25 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, City Tech

• 3/3 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, CLTs

• 3/4 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, York College

• 3/8 Retirees Chapter Meeting

• 3/10 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Queensborough CC

• 3/11 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Brooklyn College

• 3/18 Chapter Meeting, Bronx CC

• 3/24 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Queens College

• 3/24 Chapter Meeting, LaGuardia CC

• 4/6 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Graduate Center

• 4/8 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Baruch College

• 4/13 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, CCNY

• 4/15 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Bronx CC

• 4/20 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, LaGuardia CC

• 4/21 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, BMCC

• 4/22 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Hunter College

Click here for meeting details on the PSC website.

February 22, 2010

One-Day Lobbying Blitz with Students in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9
The PSC and NYPIRG (New York State Public Interested Research Group) have teamed up to amplify our “rational public investment” message in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9. This lobbying 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 Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office, 212-354-1252 or clicking here.

If you can’t make 3/9, you can lobby with the PSC and NYSUT on 3/1 -3/2 and 3/16 – 3/17. Contact Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office, 212-354-1252 to sign up

The PSC has also endorsed the March 4 rally in Defense of Public Education, part of a national day of protest, which will occur in New York City at 4 pm, at Gov. Paterson’s Manhattan office, followed by a march to MTA headquarters.  Protestors will converge at 4:00 at Third Avenue and 41st Street. PSC president Barbara Bowen will be among the speakers. Other rallies and events supporting the day in Defense of Public Education will also occur on some CUNY and SUNY campuses.  More information is available here.

PSC to Testify at the City Council This Week and Next
CUNY administration and PSC President Barbara Bowen with other PSC leaders will brief the City Council on diversity among instructional staff at CUNY this Wednesday at a hearing of the Higher Education Committee, now headed by former City College student activist Ydanis Rodriguez. The hearing came out of a story in the September Clarion. Next week, PSC leaders will return to the Council to argue against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to CUNY’s community college budget of $24.9 million. Next week’s hearing is Friday, 3/5 at 250 Broadway, 14th Floor. It starts at noon, and public comment will begin at 1:30 pm. If you’d like to testify on either topic or just come to listen, contact Kate Pfordresher in the PSC office, 212-354-1252.

PSC Night in Solidarity with the People of Haiti A Success
The union raised nearly $5,000 for Haitian universities and Doctors without Borders on Friday. Over 150 members, students and others attended.  The PSC reached into than the CUNY community to help make the event a success—the musician, panelists, moderator and "Radical Reference" librarians (who live-blogged the event here) all boast CUNY connections. The money raised Friday comes after the PSC made an initial donation of $1,000 to Haitian relief efforts, split between Doctors without Borders and Partners in Health. It’s not too late to contribute – send your check, made out to the PSC with “Haitian Earthquake Relief” on the memo line, to PSC, Attention: Faye Alladin, 61 Broadway, 15th Floor, NY, NY 10006.

General Meetings about Bargaining the Next Contract Underway
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  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.  

Saving State U: A Conversation at Demos This Wednesday
A new book, Saving State U,, 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 Folbre and PSC First Vice President Steve London on Wednesday, 2/24 at 6 pm at Demos, 220 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor.

DREAM Act Week of Action and Scholarships
This week is the coalition effort United We Dream Network’s Week of Action to build support for the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for undocumented college students, among others. More information about each day’s actions is here and from the NYS Youth Leadership Council. The YLC, an ally of the PSC’s, also sponsors scholarships for college students in New York State who are immigration rights activists. Eligibility does not depend on having immigration status. Please let your students know.

Some HEOs Due Letter of Reappointment 3/1
If you are a HEO who has worked at CUNY for three or more years but fewer than eight years, your letter of reappointment is due on Monday, 3/1. If you do not receive a letter, or if you receive a letter of non-reappointment, immediately call a grievance counselor in the PSC office, 212-354-1252. The deadline for filing a grievance for these non-reappointments is April 12, 2010.

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 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 public investment” in public higher education. The 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.

Write to Clarion about Budget Cuts
CUNY’s funding is down, while enrollment is shooting up.  As these two factors collide, what's the effect on your campus?  Clarion wants to know – email your thoughts in today.

Education Policy Workshop at PSC Tomorrow
The PSC will host Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Institute’s executive director, Warren Summers, will moderate a conversation about the federal role in urban education with panelists Pedro Noguera (Metropolitan Center for Urban Education,
NYU), Lester W. Young, Jr. (NYS Board of Regents) and Beverly Donohue (New Visions for Public Schools) tomorrow, 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..

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 information, click here.

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