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Austerity Targets State Workers

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Democrats and Republicans are attacking public-sector workers in northeastern states. Collective bargaining rights have been undercut in New Jersey and Massachusetts, while in New York Gov. Cuomo takes aim at wages and future pension benefits. Here's Clarion's coverage:

Cuomo’s Pension Attack: Tier 6 Is His Top Goal for 2012
NY State Workers Held ‘Hostage’: Gov's Threats Win Concessions
New Jersey State Workers Take a Hit
Massachusetts Democrats Target Municipal Workers

CUNY Agrees to Delay Vote on Bylaws Changes That Would Put Faculty and Staff Rights at Risk

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Chancellor Matthew Goldstein decided to delay a vote on a proposal for extensive amendments to the Bylaws of the CUNY Board of Trustees, following an outpouring of opposition from PSC members. The proposed bylaw changes would undermine the rights of CUNY faculty and staff in dozens of ways, both large and small.

Why May 5

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12-hunter31.jpgOn Thursday, May 5, the PSC holds our biggest demonstration of the year. We will meet at City Hall at 4:00 pm and march to BMCC on Chambers Street. It’s time to say no to austerity for CUNY. There are alternatives. But for things to change, we have to make our power visible. We are marching to link our support for fair funding for CUNY with our demand for a fair contract. If you have a stake in either one, you should be there.

Bargaining Begins for a New PSC-CUNY Contract

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Negotiators for the PSC and CUNY sat down on January 26 to begin talks on a new contract. PSC bargaining team members say the key to winning a fair contract lies in the PSC’s ability to build broad support for its vision of CUNY. “We have to reach not only our members and our students but also the larger public,” said bargaining team member Lorraine Cohen.

City Budget and CUNY: Austerity ‘Does Not Make Sense’

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PSC members, students and City Councilmembers rallied Dec. 8 at City Hall to speak out against Mayor Bloomberg’s $11.8 million midyear cut in City support for CUNY. “We’ve got 23,000 students jammed into a building made for 9,000,” said Geoff Kurtz, assistant professor of political science at BMCC. “When we see availability of classes decrease and class sizes increase, education starts to erode.” PSC chapters are pressing colleges to cope with budget cuts in ways that do the least harm to students, faculty & staff.

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