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April 6, 2009

State-wide Convention Supports PSC Resolutions on Funding
At the annual NYSUT convention, held last weekend in Buffalo, thousands of teachers, professors and other union delegates voted overwhelming support for resolutions offered by the PSC on increased higher education funding, progressive tax reform and universal unemployment insurance, and a resolution co-sponsored by the PSC supporting full cost-of-living increases to pensions, because “many retirees are finding that inflation is eroding their pensions.”  After a lively debate in committee, a PSC resolution opposing escalation of the war in Afghanistan was defeated.  NYSUT delegates unanimously adopted a special resolution to support of striking Stella D’Oro workers. The delegates, following a suggestion by the PSC delegation, collected $5,000 to contribute to the American Civic Center in Binghamton and to families of the victims, among whom was a retired NYSUT member.

BCC Budget Hearing a Success
Faculty, students and staff at Bronx Community College poured out their concerns about budget cuts and tuition hikes at a campus budget hearing Thursday afternoon.

Thursday’s gathering, which drew a crowd of 80 people, was the seventh in a series of ten campus hearings organized by PSC this semester. The event was attended by Assemblymember Michael Benjamin as well as representatives of Assemblymembers Peter Rivera and Aurelia Greene and City Councilmembers Maria Baez and Oliver Koppell and the Bronx delegation. Read student testimony and see pictures on the PSC website.
Join the PSC at one of the last three hearings, even if they are not on your campus. They are:
April 30 – Hostos (at 3:30) and John Jay (at 4:00)
May 7 – LaGuardia (at 2:00)
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.

Budget Fight Moves to City Council
With the state budget now complete, PSC members are focusing on Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed 12.5% cut to city support to CUNY, a main source of funding for community colleges. Bloomberg has also proposed eliminating funding for the Vallone Scholarship and cutting city support for several other programs, including the Safety Net Scholarship program, the Black Male Initiative, and more.

The PSC holds its ninth annual CUNY Day breakfast with the City Council on April 22.

Next Budget Policy and Media Training Day is Friday, 4/24
Dozens of PSC members have learned more about the budget and how to talk about it at the PSC’s Policy and Media Trainings. On April 24, PSC Director of Research Kate Pfordresher and Coordinator of Communications Dania Rajendra will discuss the implications for CUNY of the state budget and city budget proposals. Come back to learn the news, or come for the first time to hear the numbers and polish your sound-bite crafting skills. The trainings are two hours, and will be offered at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm on Friday, 4/24. RSVP to PSC Legislative/Communications Associate Amanda Magalhaes by email or at 212-354-1252.

Theater Party at the Working Theater
The PSC Retirees Chapter and the PSC Women’s Committee are sponsoring a theater party for all PSC members. Join them at the Working Theater’s production of “Exit Cuckoo” on Sunday, 5/3 at 3 pm at the Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (at Ninth Avenue). The current Clarion has more details. Tickets are $19 each. To reserve tickets, send a check to the PSC, c/o Faye Alladin, 61 Broadway, 15th floor, NY, NY 10006. It must be received no later than Monday, 4/19.

National Collective Bargaining Conference Coming Up
The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, at Hunter College, will hold its Annual National Collective Bargaining Conference from 4/19 to 4/21. This year’s topic is Academic Bargaining in An Era of Constraint. More information is on their website.

Get Up to Speed on LEED on Earth Day
The PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs and Green Team invite all members to a workshop with Jodi Smits Anderson, director of sustainability programs at DASNY, on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm. The discussion will include environmentally friendly building design and CUNY’s plans for LEED certification on new buildings at 11 campuses. It’s in the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor.

PSC Office Closed Friday
The PSC office will be closed on Friday, 4/10. Best wishes for the holidays.