November 15, 2010
Stop Mid-year Cut to Community Colleges
CUNY community colleges face a serious threat of a mid-year cut in City funding – but you can take action to help stop it. Mayor Bloomberg has ordered that CUNY and other City agencies plan for a possible reduction of 5.4% in City funding. But these proposed reductions are not final: the Mayor has yet to finalize his mid-year budget modification, and the City Council has to vote on it.
The PSC’s community college chapters have launched a petition campaign against the Mayor’s proposed mid-year cut, to preserve CUNY’s ability to serve its students. Sign on to the petition electronically here, or e-mail John Gergely (firstname.lastname@example.org) for materials to circulate at your campus. Don’t delay, act today – a final decision on the cuts is coming soon.
Committee of 500: Nov. 30 Conference Call
The PSC’s Committee of 500 is a group of rank-and-file union members, launched last spring to help the union build the power it needs to win a fair contract during tough economic and political times. On Tuesday, November 30, at 7:30 pm, a conference call will connect these activists with members of the PSC bargaining team, and with each other. They’ll hear directly from the negotiating team and discuss next steps for organizing. To participate in the November 30 conference call, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include your name, campus, department or program and title, and whether you are new to the Committee of 500 or have already joined. After you register for the call, you will be sent the details.
Health Benefits Transfer Period Ends Nov. 30
For full-time employees and retirees on the City health plan, the period for making changes in your choice of health insurance ends November 30. The change period for those adjuncts who are covered through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund also ends on Nov. 30. For the necessary forms, see your HR office or click on the links above. Click here for an overview of your choices by Larry Morgan, executive director of the Welfare Fund.
Nov. 30: Save the Date To Defend Social Security
Last week the co-chairs of the federal deficit commission released a proposal that would dramatically cut Social Security benefits, including an increase in the retirement age to 69 – while lowering corporate taxes and taxes on the super-rich. Strengthen Social Security, a new coalition of more than 200 organizations, is planning a national call-in day, most likely on Nov. 30, to urge Congress to reject this regressive proposal. For details stay tuned to “This Week in the PSC,” or contact PSC Retiree Chapter Chair Jim Perlstein.