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CUNY Needs Rational Investment, Not "rational tuition"

General Meetings about Bargaining the New Contract Begin

• Evening in Solidarity with the People of Haiti 2/19

• Student Activism Training This Saturday

• Lobby Against the Cuts with Students on 3/9

2010 Elections Notice

• DA Report

• Remind New Colleagues to Sign Up for a Penion Plan

• 2/17 Chapter Meeting, BMCC
• 2/17 Chapter Meeting, Queensborough CC
• 2/18 Chapter Meeting, CSI
• 2/18 Chapter Meeting, Hunter College
• 2/19 Night in Solidarity with the People of Haiti and Labor Goes to the Movies
• 2/23 Chapter Meeting, Brooklyn College
• 2/24 Chapter Meeting, Medgar Evers
• 2/24 Chapter Meeting, Queens College
• 2/25 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, City Tech
• 3/8 Retirees Chapter Meeting
• 3/17 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Graduate Center
• 3/18 Chapter Meeting, Bronx CC
• 3/24 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, Queens College
• 3/24 Chapter Meeting, LaGuardia
• 4/15 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, BCC

• 4/21 General Meeting about Bargaining the New Contract, BMCC

February 16, 2010

PSC Night in Solidarity with the People of Haiti 2/19 at 5:30
The union is holding a fundraising night in solidarity with the people of Haiti, to be held in the Union Hall on Friday, 2/19 at 5:30 pm. The program will include Haitian music, food, and speakers including Queens College professor François Pierre-Louis, who was in Haiti when the earthquake struck and wrote about his experience in the new Clarion. Pierre-Louis, with Professors Carolle Charles and Ted Henken, from Baruch will lead a discussion of the politics and history that underlie Haiti’s vulnerability to the destructive consequences of an earthquake. The evening will also feature music by classical guitarist Pierre-Henri Barthelemy.
Labor Goes to the Movies’s February film, Bamako, will conclude the event, and will begin at at 8:00 pm.  The PSC has made an initial donation of $1,000 to Haitian relief efforts, split between Doctors without Borders and Partners in Health.

GROWing a New Generation of CUNY Activists: Second Training This Saturday, 2/20
The PSC will host a training for students about fighting cuts to the CUNY budget on Saturday, 2/20. The all-day program is at the PSC office and held at no cost to students; we provide Metrocards to cover students’ transportation. Please let your students know and pass on this link where they can download fliers and sign up electronically. For more information, contact Kate Pfordresher (212) 354-1252 or GROWforCUNY@pscmail.org.

General Meetings about Bargaining the Next Contract Continue
PSC President Barbara Bowen and other officers will visit every campus this semester to begin a union-wide conversation about bargaining the next contract with CUNY. The current contract expires in October of this year. Come to the meeting on your campus to discuss your priorities for the next contract and how we can generate the power we need. Contact your chapter chair or PSC Organizing Director Rob Murray for more information, and check the PSC website’s calendar to see when your campus meeting is posted. HEOs and CLTs are invited to the general meetings on their campuses as well as their cross-campus chapter meetings. 

One-Day Lobbying Blitz with Students in Albany on 3/9
The PSC and NYPIRG (the New York State Public Interested Research Group) have teamed up to amplify the “rational investment” message in Albany on Tuesday, 3/9. This day is also co-sponsored by the CUNY University Student Senate and six campus student government associations. Buses from all five boroughs, mostly leaving from CUNY campuses, with students, faculty and staff will head to Albany for a one-day lobbying blitz. Join us! Tell your students (here is a flyer). They – and you – can sign up by calling Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office, 212-354-1252 or clicking here.
The PSC has also endorsed the March 4 rally in Defense of Public Education, part of a national day of protest, which will occur in New York City at 4 pm, at Gov. Paterson’s Manhattan office, followed by a march to MTA headquarters.  Protestors will converge at 4:00 at Third Avenue and 41st Street and PSC President Barbara Bowen is scheduled to be among the speakers. Other rallies and events supporting the day in Defense of Public Education will also occur on some CUNY and SUNY campuses.  More information is available here.

Some HEOs Due Letter of Reappointment by 3/1
If you are a HEO who has worked at CUNY for three or more years but fewer than eight years, your letter of reappointment is due on Monday, 3/1. If you do not receive a letter, or if you receive a letter of non-reappointment, immediately call a grievance counselor in the PSC office, 212-354-1252. The deadline for filing a grievance for these non-reappointments is April 12, 2010.

Sign the Letter Opposing Cuts to CUNY
The governor has proposed $84.4 million in cuts to CUNY’s 11 senior colleges (including $20.8 million in cuts to workforce costs) and a cut of $285 per full-time-equivalent student from CUNY’s six community colleges (an 11% drop). Mayor Bloomberg also announced last month that he is seeking millions from community colleges, which the PSC quickly denounced.
Community and senior colleges are facing record enrollments – and the proposed cuts come after nearly $100 million in cuts last year and two decades of underfunding.
Add your opposition to the cuts: sign this letter to the call for a “rational investment” in public higher education. The budget page on the PSC website features regular news, information, and ways to get involved to fight for CUNY. You can also lobby with the union in Albany or here in the City; call Amanda Magalhaes in the PSC office, 212-354-1252.

Write to Clarion about Budget Cuts
CUNY’s funding is down, while enrollment is shooting up.  As these two factors collide, what's the effect on your campus?  Clarion wants to know – email your thoughts in today.

2010 PSC Chapter Elections Notice
This spring half of the PSC’s chapters will be electing officers, delegates and alternates to the PSC Delegate Assembly, as well as members of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council. Nominating petitions are available upon request from chapter chairpersons or the PSC office from February 1, 2010 to March 8, 2010. Properly completed nominating petitions must be received at the PSC office, 61 Broadway – Suite 1500, New York, N.Y. 10006, by 5:00 pm, March 8, 2010. Ballots will be mailed to members’ home addresses on April 5, 2010 and must be received by 5:00 pm on April 29, 2010. For more information, click here.

Saving State U: A Conversation at Demos
A new book, Saving State U, examines how “budget cuts, tuition hikes, and debt burdens are undermining the best path to upward mobility that this country ever built” – something CUNY faculty, staff and students experience first-hand – and how this trend can be reversed. The PSC is cosponsoring a panel conversation on the subject with author Nancy Folbre and PSC First Vice President Steve London on Wednesday, 2/24 at 6 pm at Demos, 220 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor.

Education Policy Workshop at PSC on 2/23

This month the PSC will host Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The Institute’s executive director, Warren Summers, will moderate a conversation about the federal role in urban education with panelists Pedro Noguera (Metropolitan Center for Urban Education,
NYU), Lester W. Young, Jr. (NYS Board of Regents) and Beverly Donohue (New Visions for Public Schools) on Wednesday, 2/23 at 4:30 pm in the PSC Union Hall. The session is the sixth in a series. More information is on the Annenberg Institute website.