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Emergency Contract Protest
A message from Barbara Bowen, PSC President
We need you tomorrow at the union’s emergency protest against CUNY management’s failure to move on our contract demands. Can I count on you? The demonstration is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, starting at Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Send a message here to let us know you will be there.
The details of the budget deal reached late last night in Albany are not yet available, and it is not clear what funding has been allocated to CUNY. We may have to continue to press the State to use some of the surplus funds from bank settlements to support our contract. But what is clear is that the CUNY administration has refused to make significant movement even on the union’s non-economic demands.
RSVP here to let us know you will be there.
Many CUNY colleges have been changing how student course evaluations are administered, moving from paper to online. Some faculty say that as a result they see a drop in the number of students who take the time to complete an evaluation. And then the results from some evaluations, according to recent reports, reveal some of the biases in how faculty are perceived.
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PSC Officers Urge More City Funding for CUNY
Steve London, PSC first vice president, and Mike Fabricant, PSC treasurer, testified Fri., Mar. 6 at a City Council hearing examining Mayor de Blasio’s Preliminary Budget for CUNY. The Mayor’s budget plan would increase community college funding by $13 million, but it would count on the City Council to continue funding for the City Council Merit Scholarship, ASAP, CUNY LEADS, the Murphy Center for Worker Education and other CUNY centers and initiatives.
London urged the Council to continue support for the centers and initiatives and also called for a more ambitious discussion about funding CUNY—a discussion worthy of a progressive city with progressive leadership. Fabricant laid out the PSC’s city budget plan, which calls for:
- continued support for CUNY’s centers and initiatives (+$15.9M);
- a new council initiative to fund 100 new full-time faculty lines(+$10M);
- addition of 1,000 new full-time faculty and staff lines over time; and
- a new council initiative to fund need-based financial aid to compliment the City Council Merit Scholarship (+$5M).