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January 12, 2009

President Bowen to Testify at Higher Education Hearing in Albany on Thursday

The joint NY State Assembly-Senate Higher Education hearing is Thursday, January 15. The PSC will be there to advocate for more funding for public higher education and remind State lawmakers that a New Deal for New York starts with CUNY. PSC President Barbara Bowen will testify. Governor David Paterson has proposed tuition hikes (only 20% of which would go to increase CUNY funds; the rest helps plug the State budget gap), cuts to community colleges, a new student loan program, and changes to TAP.  The governor has also targeted NYS workers for major concessions on negotiated salary increases and reduced pensions for future employees. Unions have already voiced their strong resistance.

The PSC has been mobilizing to fight the cuts to workers and to CUNY. The plans for next semester’s budget hearings on CUNY campuses, as well as lobbying legislators here in the city and in Albany, are already underway. It’s never too early to sign up to participate. Please contact Amanda DeJesus Magalhaes by email or at 212-354-1252 to sign up.

Two Clicks to Save Community College Funding and Influence Federal Economic Stimulus

It takes less than five minutes to send messages to your legislative representative on two urgent issues: the governor’s proposal to cut community college funding to balance this year’s budget, and President-elect Obama’s proposed economic stimulus.  We have a window of a few weeks to make our voices heard before these issues are decided.  Using the NYSUT website, you can send a message to state legislators urging them not to balance the budget on the backs of New York’s neediest college students.  

And you can tell your Congressional representatives how important it is that the economic stimulus bill include money to states as well as money for federal programs.  Increased federal funds for states would  allow states like New York to invest in public higher education at the moment when investment is needed most.  We have a rare chance to influence the structural elements of the State’s budget—don’t miss this chance! Send your messages today!     

January Salary Schedule Increments Appear in Paychecks This Week and Next

Eligible PSC members at senior colleges will see their salary schedule step increments in their paychecks on January 15. Eligible community college employees will see theirs in the January 23 paychecks.

Distinguished Professors will also see their increments increase, and will receive their retroactive pay this month. Community college Distinguished Professors will see theirs in their January 23 paychecks and senior college DPs will see them in their January 29 paychecks.

Need a refresher on your salary? The salary schedule is here on the PSC website.

Adjunct-CET Professional Development Fund Applications Now Available

Information and a revised application form for the Adjunct-CET Professional Development Fund are now available here on the PSC website. The Committee is accepting applications.

GROW Training for Students Next Weekend

The PSC is sponsoring another student Grass Roots Organizing Weekend (GROW) training this month, after the first successful one in September. Led by the United States Students Association, the training next Saturday (1/24) will prepare students to fight for their interests, and for CUNY’s. The second weekend (1/31) will offer in-depth training on the facts about the budget. Students from any CUNY campus, undergraduate or graduate, are welcome to this free training. Please let your students know! They can learn more or sign up here on the PSC website.

Sign on for Employee Free Choice

Right now in the US, private sector workers are at an unfair disadvantage when they try to form unions. Current procedures favor management and undermine workers’ democratic right to organize. That’s bad for all workers – union and non-union, public sector and private. Click on the box on the PSC website to sign your name to the effort to get the new Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.