August 30, 2010
PSC Endorses Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General
The PSC has endorsed Eric Schneiderman for New York State Attorney in the September 14 Democratic primary.
“The Attorney General is the people's lawyer, and Schneiderman has demonstrated throughout his career that he is dedicated to the interests of working people,” said Steve London, PSC First Vice President. “As a State Senator representing upper Manhattan and southwest Bronx, he consistently supported greater funding for CUNY and progressive tax reform, and he has championed our adjunct unemployment insurance legislation. Schneiderman is determined to continue fighting the corrupting influence of big corporations and will be an excellent Attorney General.”
The PSC Legislative Committee is asking members to vote for and to consider volunteering for five other candidates in important races in New York’s September 14 primary, as well as Schneiderman; information about the races and how to get involved is on the PSC Political Action Committee website.
- Bill Perkins for State Senator in Manhattan’s Senate District 30.
- Velmanette Montgomery for State Senator in SD18 in Brooklyn.
- Gustavo Rivera for State Senator in SD33 in the Bronx.
- Gregg Lundahl for State Assembly in AD73 in Manhattan.
- Francisco Moya for New York State Assembly in AD 39 Queens.
For a complete list of PSC and NYSUT endorsed candidates for the September 14 primary and the November general election, please visit the PSC Political Action Committee website.
PSC/CUNY Contract Education Workshops/Training
The PSC is offering a pair of workshops, each with several meetings, this fall to help members better understand our collective bargaining agreement. Trainings in the basics of the contract will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays October 12, 19 and 26. Please note that registration is limited to 35 attendees, so register early. A second, advanced training will be held during November for members who are interested in becoming actively involved with contract enforcement in their chapters. All members serving on chapter contract enforcement committees, chapter chairs, and current grievance counselors are encouraged to attend. These advanced trainings will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16 and 23. To register, call 212-354-1252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 5.
Contingent Academics Hold North American Meet
The ninth biannual conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) was held Aug. 13-15 on the campus of Université Laval in Quebec City. Ten PSC-CUNY faculty attended, five of whom presented papers. The conference focused on the theme, “Towards a United Strategy in North America,” and included workshops on communicating with the public, building alliances on the campus and state levels, distance learning, and salary and equity. Simultaneous translation was provided in English, French and Spanish. Presentations described the corporatization and devaluation of higher education across the continent; the program can be accessed at www.cocalinternational.org. PSC delegates are writing reports; for more information email Marcia Newfield.
Next Monday, Sept.6, is Labor Day. The next “This Week in the PSC” will be sent the week of Sept. 13.