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August 10, 2009

Support PSC Members at CUNY's Research Foundation
PSC members at the CUNY Research Foundation's central office, who do the administrative work to support millions of dollars in faculty and staff research grants, have been without a contract since January 1, 2009. They earn, on average, $48,500 per year, yet RF-CUNY has demanded that the workers pay a larger share of health insurance premiums and offered them below-inflation salary increases, around 2% per year, while spending half a million dollars a year on union-busting lawyers. Tell the RF management – including CUNY Chancellor Goldstein, chair of the RF-CUNY Board – to stop spending our hard-earned grant money on union-busting lawyers and instead offer the central office employees a fair economic package. Sign on here.

PSC Announces Endorsements for September Primary
The PSC has made its endorsements for the New York primary elections (Tuesday, 9/15) and posted them on the PSC’s political action committee’s new website.  There you’ll find a full list of candidates for each office, the completed questionnaires that candidates submitted to the PSC, and the full list of PSC endorsements. The endorsements of the New York City Central Labor Council and the Working Families Party are also listed.

PSC endorsements are based on the candidate’s records. The union examines their positions on policies affecting CUNY funding, our students’ education, the working conditions of the PSC membership and general public policies (such as tax policy), as well as the strength of the candidate’s campaign.  

Read PSC First Vice President Steve London’s op-ed about the endorsements in the new Clarion

Recession Widens Racial Gaps on Income and Wealth, Report Finds
The new Clarion (look for your copy in the mail this week) has an article about how the current recession has hurt communities of color disproportionately, based on a recent study by the Applied Research Center. “This country’s growing economic stratification cannot be fully understood without accounting for persistent racial inequality,” concludes the ARC report. “States with the largest income disparities between top and bottom earners were also the ones with the highest proportion of people of color.” For the full text of the report, click here