PSC Members Hold CUNY Management and Trustees To Account for Pay Delay
Dozens of CUNY faculty and staff testified at a hearing of CUNY Board of Trustees on September 19 about the effects of CUNY management’s failure to act with urgency to pay our raises. Chancellor Milliken and most of the Board were there to hear full-time and adjunct faculty, HEOs and CLTs recount stories of financial and housing struggles, delayed medical care and many other hardships. Students there to testify on other topics were moved to speak up for the faculty and staff. Audio of the full hearing is available here. Audio of PSC members’ individual testimony will soon be posted here.
Help to Get Out the Vote for the General Election on November 8
PSC members made thousands of calls to help pro-CUNY, pro-labor candidates win in the primaries. We will do thousands more calls and take part in labor walks to win the White House and reshape the State Senate. Thank you to the volunteers who made calls and contributed to these victories. Phone banks are scheduled every Wednesday evening between now and the November 8 General Election and other GOTV opportunities are soon to be announced. PSC members can sign up here.
NYS Legislative Primary Results
Thanks to boots-on-the-ground support from PSC members and our colleagues at NYSUT, K-16 public education allies in the state legislature like Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Members Pam Harris and Latrice Walker won their primaries in September. The victories came despite the incumbents being outspent 6:1 by New York’s pro-school-voucher Super PAC. In New York City, NYSUT/PSC-endorsed Senate candidate Robert Jackson narrowly lost in a tight three-way race, earning 29.72 % percent of the vote. Paul Newell, whom we also endorsed, lost the primary to represent Assembly District 65 in lower Manhattan. Click here to see all the primary results.
The first presidential debate is September 26 at Hofstra University. The Fight for $15 is mobilizing for a massive rally outside the debate to tell the candidates that low-wage and exploited workers won’t be ignored any longer. Sixty-four million working people in this country make less than $15 an hour. Forty percent of American workers now have jobs subject to some form of contingency. Exploited workers in the service industry and academia and everywhere in between make a powerful voting bloc. September 26 is a chance for them to say to the next president: If you want our vote, come get it.
The rally will take place 6-7:30. The main bus departure location will be from in front of the 32BJ building (25 W 18th St., Manhattan). Heavy traffic is anticipated, so the meet-up time for the buses is 2:30 PM. PSC members can sign up for a seat on a bus and RSVP for the rally on this web form. A union organizer will contact you more details.