November 1, 2010
Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2 !
More than anything, Tuesday’s election will be decided by turnout. Latest statewide polls show tight races for attorney general and comptroller – so a lot is riding on whether you and your colleagues go to the polls.
The PSC and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) have endorsed pro-union candidates for both offices – Eric Schneiderman for attorney general and Tom DiNapoli for comptroller. Both have been strong advocates for CUNY, and both are committed fighters for the public interest. Given the stances of other candidates, it is especially important to elect State officials who do not take the position that public employees are the cause of the State’s fiscal problems.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, PSC activists worked together with members of the United Federation of Teachers to knock on doors in Queens, talking with teachers about State Senate candidate Tony Avella, who is an outspoken supporter of funding for public education. “We met with a good response from NYSUT members in the district,” said PSC First Vice President Steve London. “There was a lot of enthusiasm among UFT and PSC members who came out to work on the campaign, and we delivered the message that people need to get out and vote.”
Polls in New York are open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Click here if you need to find out where your polling place is located. Please see the PSC Political Action webpage for a complete list of endorsed candidates.
Union Delegates To Meet on Contract Demands
On Nov. 4 at 6:30 PM, the PSC Delegate Assembly will hold a special meeting on the union’s bargaining agenda for the next round of negotiations, with delegates asked to vote on contract demands recommended by the Executive Council. All PSC members are welcome. Since space is limited, delegates will have priority, and others are urged to come early. To accommodate more people, the location for this DA meeting has been moved across the street to the UFT building at 52 Broadway, on the 19th floor. Please bring photo ID to enter the building.
HEO Delegates Meet
Union delegates representing members in the Higher Education Officer series met on Saturday, Oct. 30, for a day of sharing ideas on issues and organizing. The meeting was “invigorating and uplifting,” said Mary Nevins Costas, who works at the CUNY School of Law. “To be among like-minded union brothers and sisters recommitted me to my true calling – the labor movement.”
The campaign for a new contract and the union’s legislative work were two priorities, along with topics such as overtime and work/life balance, professional development grants, and the salary differential for Assistants to HEO with advanced degrees. As delegates developed personal organizing plans for the next six months, a common theme was working with faculty and with other professional staff on common issues such as salary, health and safety, and job security.
CLT Retreat Nov. 13
The College Lab Technicians (CLT) chapter will hold a retreat for all CLTs on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Issues to be discussed include lab safety, indoor air quality, workplace bullying, ways to address problems on your campus and the upcoming contract negotiations. “If you are a College Laboratory Technician, please join us, share your thoughts and get involved so CLTs can build the power we need to change our working lives for the better,” said Albert Sherman, CLT chapter chair. The retreat will be at the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Alisa Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.