Bill de Blasio was considered a long shot when the PSC endorsed him in June. On November 5, he won by a historic 3-to-1 margin. And 39 of the 51 members of the new City Council were elected with PSC support. But the PSC also won in another, perhaps deeper way: a major issue in this election was the need to increase CUNY funding.
Chanting “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We reject austerity!” more than 200 PSC members greeted the first Board of Trustees meeting of the new academic year with protests inside the board meeting and on the street outside Baruch’s Vertical Campus building.
PSC members need a new contract and students need a quality curriculum. But from Pathways to golden parachutes, CUNY’s priorities are upside down. Join the Sept. 30 protest.
“We support Bill de Blasio because he stands for an alternative to the politics of austerity that have dominated New York for too long,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen. “De Blasio understands the strategic importance of CUNY and has a vision of its place in a city where opportunity is not limited to the richest 1%."
(Also in this issue: Q+A With Bill de Blasio: "Reasserting Fairness" in NYC)
In a referendum on Pathways, the CUNY administration’s overhaul of general education, 92% said they have “no confidence” in the new curriculum. More than 60% of the 7,202 eligible voters took part in the referendum among full-time faculty, which was conducted by the American Arbitration Association at the request of the PSC. “The vote is a stunning rebuke to the Pathways curriculum and the coercive measures used to impose it,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen.
PLUS: Why I Voted 'No Confidence' | Defending Faculty Role | Points of Contention
Ballots will soon be mailed to full-time CUNY faculty in a vote on a no-confidence motion on the Pathways curriculum plan. The vote is being conducted by the American Arbitration Association, and will take place between May 9 and May 31.
See also: Pathways Debate Goes Public
This year’s New York City elections could mark a turning point in city politics. Clarion spoke with several members of the PSC’s Legislative Committee about what’s at stake in 2013, the PSC’s plans, and how members can get involved.
Superstorm Sandy highlighted the many challenges posed by human-induced climate change. CUNY faculty, in turn, are helping shape how our society responds with their research, teaching and policy analysis.
At least six people with close CUNY ties were among the more than 40 New Yorkers killed as a result of Sandy. Several CUNY campuses were flooded, evacuation shelters were opened at 10 others, and no classes were held for nearly a week. Meanwhile faculty, staff and students aided their fellow New Yorkers in countless ways.