June 15, 2010
Emergency Rally This Wednesday: Save Our City!
Please make every effort to join the PSC at the city-wide rally to stop layoffs, prevent cuts to public services and protect New York’s public schools and colleges on Wednesday, 6/16 at 4 pm at City Hall. The City is poised to lay off hundreds of workers, yet there is a budget surplus this year of more than $3 billion. The mayor proposes to save the surplus for next year, meanwhile proposing huge cuts this year. PSC members are marching to the rally together, leaving from the PSC office at 3:30. Join us then or meet us at the rally; look for PSC signs at the northwest corner of Broadway and Chambers.
Call Albany Today – State Nearing Budget Agreement
It’s crunch time – call lawmakers in Albany right away! After months of no progress, lawmakers appear close to agreeing on a state budget with massive cuts to education and health care. It’s an election year and legislators are desperate to get out of Albany and back to their districts. We can’t let them leave town agreeing to Gov. Paterson’s devastating and irresponsible budget plan.
Take a minute right now and use the AFL-CIO’s toll-free number (877-255-9417) to call your state representatives. Tell them to support a progressive income tax hike for the wealthiest New Yorkers, those earning more than $1 million and $5 million dollars per year. Tell lawmakers we’re depending on them to support a fair budget that does not disproportionately hurt working-class families.
Mayor’s Budget Leaves CUNY Community Colleges Short
Decisions on the City budget are also drawing near, and the Mayor’s proposed budget would mean cutbacks at CUNY. In addition to attending Wednesday’s “Save Our City” rally, you can make your voice heard by signing a letter to the City Council letting them know you support full, fair funding for CUNY.
“I keep hearing from the City Council about how many letters they are receiving from CUNY,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen. “We need more; those letters can make a huge difference.”
Help Adjunct Unemployment Pass This Session
As the PSC continues to fight for a fair budget for CUNY, we are also pressing to remedy a serious inequity in the state unemployment insurance program. Under the current law, part-time faculty have been prevented from claiming the benefits to which all other seasonal workers are entitled. Please join the push for fairness now by signing the letter to Albany lawmakers here.
Update on DREAM Act Hunger Strike
Ten immigrant youth ended their 10-day hunger strike in front of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s midtown Manhattan office on June 10 by carrying out coordinated civil disobedience actions in New York, Long Island and Washington, D.C. The hunger strikers, most of whom are current or former CUNY students and whose action was endorsed by the PSC, called on Sen. Schumer to support passage of the DREAM Act now.
First proposed in 2001, the DREAM Act would create a path to citizenship for immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. as children, graduate from high school and then complete two years of college or military service. With comprehensive immigration reform legislation considered increasingly unlikely to pass Congress before the mid-term elections, DREAM Act supporters are pushing for Congressional action on the bill to protect undocumented students’ futures. (More information at www.nysylc.org.)
No Further News on Early Retirement Incentive
As we reported last week, the Board of Trustees is expected to vote June 28 on Chancellor Goldstein’s recommendation that CUNY participate in this year’s Early Retirement Incentive. No details are yet available on who among CUNY employees would be eligible. The union will inform members when more information becomes available; check the PSC website and This Week in the PSC for updates.
Get Welfare Fund Benefits News Via E-mail
The Welfare Fund is inviting members to join an e-mail notification list to receive word anytime significant changes are made to the Fund benefits program. Members who want to be included can provide an e-mail address by following the link to the sign-up form on the home page at psccunywf.org.
As new health care regulations affecting Welfare Fund benefits are implemented, e-mail announcements will allow the Fund to inform members on a more timely basis and will reduce mailing and publication costs. All e-mail addresses will remain confidential.