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February 23, 2009

Mass Rally for Fair Budget on March 5

The One New York coalition, of which the PSC is a member, is sponsoring a rally at City Hall on March 5 at 4 pm to make visible New Yorkers’ – and the NYC labor movement’s – support for fair share tax reform as the best and smartest way to deal with the city and state budget problems. The PSC supports the One New York proposal to close the budget gap by asking New Yorkers who make more than $250,000 a year to pay a bit more.

This is our chance to show the Governor the mass support that fair share tax reform has in New York State – and labor’s role in leading the charge for fair taxation. The PSC has long endorsed this position and will be a visible presence among the thousands of union members and New Yorkers at City Hall. Please come.

The PSC contingent will gather at 3:30 at the main entrance to BMCC, 199 Chambers Street. From there, members and students will march with PSC banners and signs to the rally at City Hall. Please come and show your support for tax fairness in New York. Let PSC Organizing Coordinator Nick Cruz know you are coming.

Brooklyn Budget Hearing This Thursday!

Brooklyn College hosts the first of the PSC’s Budget Hearings. The union will bring lawmakers to campus to hear from students, staff and faculty about the real-life implications of the governor’s and mayor’s proposed cuts to CUNY’s budget.  The Brooklyn College PSC chapter hosts its hearing at 4:30 this Thursday, February 26 in the Woody Tanger Auditorium. Everyone is welcome. Please come and testify – you can come to any hearing, even if it’s not at your campus.  Contact the chapter chair to sign up.

March 12 – City Tech (at 4:00) and Staten Island (at 5:00)
March 19 – Baruch and Queens (both at 4:00)
March 26 – BMCC (at 4:00)
April 2 – BCC (at 4:30)
April 30 – Hostos (at 4:00)
May 7 – LaGuardia (at 2:30)

The union is proud to have DC37, University Student Senate, and NYPIRG co-sponsor the hearings. Be there, be heard! Find more information on the PSC website.

Lobbying in Albany Next Week and Later in March

More than 30 PSC members will travel to Albany next month to meet with legislators about the importance of increasing funding for public higher education at a time of economic downturn—not decreasing it, as Governor Paterson has proposed.  The PSC contingent will join counterparts from the faculty and staff unions at SUNY for a day of concentrated higher education advocacy.  The proposal that New York State reform income taxes rather than cut services and “tax” students is gaining ground in Albany, but the union’s continued pressure is critical. Join the PSC for the Albany visits later in March or in May; Email Amanda DeJesus Magalhaes to sign up.

PSC on the Air in Albany This Week and Next
To support the budget message and union members’ lobbying in Albany, the PSC is airing a radio advertisement on 5 stations in Albany this week. Listen to the ad here.

Education Policy Workshop at PSC on 2/25

On Wednesday, the PSC will host Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Institute is holding a forum on Education Challenges Facing New York City on Wednesday, 2/25 at 4:30 pm. The session, which is the first in a series, will focus on the new City high school graduation requirements. John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation and the Annenberg Institute’s Norm Fruchter are the main speakers. More information is on the Annenberg Institute website.

Some HEO Reappointment Letters Due 3/1

If you receive a notice of non-reappointment, contact your local campus grievance counselor or call the PSC central office (212-354-1252) to speak to a grievance counselor. (Counselors in all titles are available.) You have the right to challenge a denial of reappointment through academic channels on your campus and through the grievance process. Time is of the essence for filing grievances. Here is information on how to challenge a denial of reappointment.

Members in a Higher Education Series title who are currently serving in their third or later year of service: your college owes you a notice of reappointment or non-reappointment by March 1. If you are in a HEO-series title in your first or second year of service, notices are due on April 1. If you started your employment on October 1, 2008 or later, your notice is due by May 1.  This is covered by Article 13.13 of the PSC-CUNY contract.

PSC Cosponsors Public Higher Ed and the Economy Conference in Albany Next Week
Economist Jeffrey Madrick will headline a conference for State lawmakers and others on the essential role of public higher education in revitalizing and rebuilding the economy. The PSC has been a leading force in crafting a coalition between labor and management. CUNY, SUNY, UUP and NYSUT together with the PSC are cosponsoring the conference, “From Recession to Resurgence: Public Higher Education – the Key to Revitalizing New York’s Economy.” If you’re interested in attending, please contact Amanda DeJesus Magalhaes by email or by phone, 212-354-1252.