Dozens of PSC members risked arrest in order to get real movement during contract talks, while hundreds of members marched in solidarity outside CUNY headquarters. News of the planned action helped prompt CUNY officials to finally make an economic offer, one that PSC President Barbara Bowen characterized as "inadequate."
The "maintenance of effort" legislation, a bill with near-unanimous support from state lawmakers and popular with the public, was vetoed late on a Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would have secured future funding for CUNY and SUNY and ensured that revenue from tuition hikes flowed to educational programs at CUNY and SUNY.
As union members prepare to take a strike authorization vote on May 2, activists share how organizing for the vote has strengthened their chapters.
The activism of union members this year has strengthened the union's power at the bargaining table. Now with an upcoming strike authorization vote, PSC President Barbara Bowen outlines the union's plan for achieving a fair contract.
In a protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's Midtown Manhattan offices, dozens of union members and their allies took part in a March 24 civil disobedience. Hundreds rallied on the opposite end of the avenue. The protest occurred less than a week before the state lawmakers had to finalize a state budget, where dire cuts to CUNY had been proposed.
After continued pressure from the PSC, the state legislature passed a budget that did not include drastic cuts to CUNY or tuition hikes. The current budget, though, lacks money to cover settling a long-expired PSC-CUNY contract.
Rat are rifling through desk drawers, overturning plants and even scurrying over the shoes of those who cross their paths. But PSC activists are on the case.
CUNY students traveled to Albany to connect with lawmakers and drive home the message that investing in CUNY and SUNY means investing in the future of the state.
Will the state legislature restore funding?
PSC and CUNY management resumed contract talks with the presence of a state-appointed mediator.