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September 29, 2008

Contract Provision of the Week: Paid Parental Leave News

On Thursday, President Barbara Bowen announced that New York State had given its approval for CUNY to move forward on implementing a paid parental leave provision using the fund negotiated in the new contract. There had been a delay in receiving approval for this provision because of legislation on family leave under consideration by the State. Now that all the approvals are in place, the PSC and CUNY will negotiate the exact form the benefit will take. “The PSC is determined to move as quickly as possible on implementation,” President Bowen, she told This Week. The union has stressed that members who are expecting children this fall cannot wait.

Last week’s provision was sick time to care for family members. Frequently asked questions and answers are available on the PSC website.

PSC Participated in Labor Demonstration on Thursday

Faculty and staff from across the University responded to the union’s call to participate in Thursday’s rally against a blank-check bailout for Wall Street. The Central Labor Council proposed the emergency mobilization after President Bowen and other labor leaders called for a massive, organized labor protest against a bailout with no strings attached. The rally featured AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, PSC President Barbara Bowen and Jesse Jackson, among others. More than a thousand union members attended, including machinists from Northwest, some fifty of whom flew in from around the country. A picture and more information are on the PSC homepage. The PSC also participated in today’s rally.

PSC Pension Meeting

The PSC Pension Committee is completing a long study of pension issues. They want to be aware of all the issues, including yours. Present your concerns at an open hearing on Monday, October 6. For more information, contact the committee’s chair, Peter Jonas [ADD LINK], at Peter.J.PSC@gmail.com

CUNY Social Forum in October

The CUNY Social Forum, an event that brings together progressive scholars and activists, will be held Oct. 17 to 19 at City College. Of particular concern are issues relating to CUNY's historic mission to serve the diverse working people of NYC and its status as an urban university dedicated to producing knowledge that contributes to the public good.

Several PSC members and committees are planning to participate; they urge others to join them. More information is available on the Social Forum website.

DA passes resolution in solidarity with striking Stella D’Oro workers.

As This Week reported earlier in the month, union workers are on strike at the Stella D’Oro factory in at 236th Street and Broadway in the Bronx. PSC Delegate Assembly voted on Thursday to support Local 50 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers International. It strengthens the labor movement for all of us in New York to support labor solidarity.  Call Lenny Dick of the PSC chapter at Bronx Community College at 917-282-1250 or e-mail him for more information on how you can help.

New QCC chapter chair elected

On Thursday, the Delegate Assembly certified the election of Judith Barbanel as the new chair of the PSC chapter at Queensborough Community College.

Please note that the PSC office will be closed tomorrow for Rosh Hashanah – a happy new year to those who are celebrating.