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Student and faculty leaders gathered at sites throughout the state on Wednesday, July 22 to stress the importance of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing “Maintenance of Effort” (M.O.E.) legislation that would improve the quality of public higher education in New York. At Baruch College, CUNY students were joined by their professors, labor leaders, and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, the Assembly sponsor of the bill, which passed with bipartisan, near-unanimous support.
Happy birthday Medicare and Medicaid!
On Wednesday, July 30th, hundreds of events across the United States celebrated the 50th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid. In New York, a diverse crowd cutting across generations, communities, labor organizations, race and gender, packed the PSC Union Hall to salute the historic legislation passed in July 1965 as the Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) Amendments to the original 1935 Social Security Act.
Speaker after speaker, not only talked about the urgency of defending these programs, both under attack, but expanding them until all Americans are guaranteed affordable, public healthcare. Medicare and Medicaid already cover 125 million Americans and a recent poll found that an extraordinary rate of satisfaction, 95%, among Medicare users.
The RF Board voted to approve the contract extension on Monday, July 13 following your ratification vote. The members had previously voted to ratify the agreement by 102 in favor, 3 opposed and 1 blank vote. This means that you will continue to receive a minimum 2% raise in each of the next three years, and you will see the increase in your August 5 paycheck (retroactive to June 1, 2015).