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August 31, 2009

Welcome to the New Academic Year
“The PSC officers and staff send our best wishes for the coming academic year. Please call on us if there is any way the union can assist you. I look forward to seeing you at union events, starting with the Labor Day March,” says PSC President Barbara Bowen.

Remind New Colleagues: 30 Days to Decide on Pension Plan
Remind your new colleagues! New full-time hires must make a permanent choice about which pension system they prefer to participate in within 30 days of their start date.   If you are a full-time employee and do not select a pension system, you will be automatically enrolled in the NYC Teachers Retirement System.  The PSC website includes a very useful chart comparing the pension plans, and information about the options is available at college human resources offices and from PSC Director of Pension and Welfare Benefits Clarissa Gilbert Weiss. Call her at the PSC office, (212) 354-1252.

Part-time colleagues (including CLIP teachers) should sign up for TRS.

And forward this e-mail to all your new colleagues as a reminder to sign and send in their PSC membership cards and sign up to receive This Week in the PSC.

Walk Proudly with the PSC at This Year’s Labor Day March
The economic crisis is far from over. The threats to CUNY funding and other public services are powerful. We must answer with our power as organized workers.
In this year of economic meltdown and harsh budget cutbacks, the New York City Central Labor Council has transformed its usual parade into a more militant march—for health care reform and the right to organize on Saturday, 9/12.
The PSC contingent will gather on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at 11:30 am.
More than one million New Yorkers belong to CLC-affiliated labor unions, community groups and other worker organization. Join them and your PSC sisters and brothers and march for health care reform and workers’ right to organize. Let Nick Cruz of the PSC Organizing Department know you’re coming (and how many friends you plan to bring) by email or phone, 212-354-1252.

Primary Day is Tuesday, 9/15
The PSC has made its endorsements for the New York primary elections (Tuesday, 9/15) and posted them on the PSC 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 candidates’ 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.  

Today: DC37 Hosts Forum on Stella D’oro Workers
AFSCME Local 375’s Labor/Community Unity Committee will host a forum in support of the heroic 11-month struggle of the workers at Stella D’oro to save their jobs and defend their union contract today, Monday, 8/31 at 6 pm, in Room 4 at 125 Barclay St. (one block north of the World Trade Center, near the West Side Hwy).

Professional Development Grant Application Deadline Changes
Starting Tuesday, 9/1 eligible adjuncts and continuing education teachers, HEOs, CLTs and, now, HEOS and CLTs at EOCs, may apply for up to $3,000 per academic year in Professional Development Fund Grants.  You can download an application from the PSC website here or call or email Linda Slifkin in the PSC office, 212-354-1252 to have one sent to you.

Effective 10/1, the PSC must receive all applications for professional development grants by the first of the month. The committee will send out letters of decision to all applicants by the end of the month.

PSC Office Closed for Labor Day
In honor of Labor Day, the PSC office will be closed on Monday, 9/7. The PSC wishes you a wonderful long weekend and hopes to see you next Saturday, 9/12 at the Labor Day March.