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.
On 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.
The PSC has mounted a multi-pronged campaign against Gov. Cuomo's austerity budget that has included thousands of member e-mails and phone calls, a TV ad campaign, lobbying trips to the capital, testimony at legislative hearings, meetings in legislators’ local offices and more.
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.
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.