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a focus on public higher education, healthcare, housing & tax justice



The PSC embraces the struggle for social justice worldwide. We strive to make a significant contribution to as many campaigns as we can. But we focus our efforts where they reinforce our primary goals of strengthening public higher education, defending the City University of New York, and protecting the professional and working lives of our members. Right now, the solidarity work of the PSC concentrates on the following campaigns:

 

Maintaining Budgets and Rolling Back Tuition Hikes in Public Higher Education

Education provides the fuel that drives the engine of our future. Affordable (properly free) access to college training is essential to meaningful employment. A trained workforce is critical to economic development and job growth. The richer and more fulfilling life that higher education makes possible ought to be a birthright of every New Yorker. But such a life cannot be built on the backs of students. Since the imposition of tuition in 1975, public higher education has degenerated from something publicly financed to something publicly subsidized, with an increasing share of the burden borne by the students themselves, those least able to pay. We reject the notion that the maintenance of our institutions and our jobs must be paid for by taxing students. We join with other unions, students, community, and public interest groups to fight proposed cutbacks in funding for public higher education and to roll back proposed tuition increases.

In the very near future, this summary will link to a page where you can see details on this developing campaign and learn how you may become involved.

 

Establishing Tax Justice

We cannot sustain a livable city on corporate welfare, service cuts, fee hikes and regressive taxation. To maintain public higher education and all essential public services we require additional tax revenues targeted to the wealthiest individuals and businesses.

Massive tax cuts over the past decade have created the present budget deficits and undermined the fairness of the tax structure. We join with those who want to revise and restructure business taxes and close corporate tax loopholes, restore the commuter tax, reinstate the stock transfer tax repeal or defer tax cuts enacted but not yet implemented, and increase income taxes on individuals earning over $250,000.

In the very near future, this summary will link to a page where you can see details on this developing campaign and learn how you may become involved.

 

Ending the Shortage of Affordable Housing

Little new construction and the deterioration of existing housing stock have led to a cumulative housing shortage and unbearably high rents. Either you move from the city or your wage gains at the table go straight to your landlord. The Mayor declares affordable housing an urgent priority. We join with labor, advocacy and housing groups to press for active government participation that combines innovative thinking with well-established methods and resources that have historical and political precedents.

In the very near future, this summary will link to a page where you can see details on this developing campaign and learn how you may become involved.

 

Rekindling Health Care Reform

Health care costs are out of control and care itself beyond the reach of an increasing number. We join with the active and the retired, labor and community groups in building a unified campaign to defend Medicare and Medicaid, create single-payer national health insurance, guarantee affordable prescription drugs, and integrate health care delivery with social services, a safe food and water supply and protection of the environment.

In the very near future, this summary will link to a page where you can see details on this developing campaign and learn how you may become involved.

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