Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an ambitious plan to give students at CUNY and SUNY free tuition. But some advocates say it doesn't add up.
The election of Donald Trump and the Republican control of Congress will change the political landscape and possibly reverse hard-won gains around labor organizing, immigrant rights, climate change, racial justice and other critical issues. PSC members share what policies they think could come from a Trump administration and how to organize in the years ahead.
There's a lot at stake in the November 8 election. Defeating Donald Trump at the polls is only the first step toward progress. There's a lot more electoral work to be done.
PSCers turned out to a CUNY Board of Trustees hearing at Baruch College to protest the six-month delay in getting their contract-mandated salary increases and back pay. Many members spoke emotionally about the unnecessary financial bind CUNY and the state are putting them through.
After six years without a contract, the PSC concluded negotiations with CUNY, arriving at an agreement that includes a 10.4 percent increase in salaries, including back pay. The final phase of negotiations closed with a round-the-clock bargaining session that also broke ground for creating a more reasonable teaching load.
Frustrated by working without a raise for six years, an overwhelming majority of PSC members who voted supported authorizing the union's Executive Council to call a strike, if necessary. PSC President Barbara Bowen shares the path forward in order to get a contract that recognizes PSC member's dedication to CUNY and its students.
Inside The Cooper Union's historic Great Hall, nearly 1,000 PSC members gathered to prepare for the next steps of the contract campaign: building member power for a strike authorization vote. PSC President Barbara Bowen outlined a five-point plan for moving forward.
The PSC strike authorization vote will be conducted from Monday, May 2, at 12 noon through Wednesday, May 11, at midnight.
At a rally outside the Manhattan offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo, leaders of community groups from across the city gathered to demand that the state restore full funding to CUNY in order to forestall a proposed tuition hike and award a fair contract to CUNY employees.