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Chanting “We are all Wisconsin”, a crowd of more than 500 people rallied outside Fox News's Midtown headquarters early Tuesday evening to show their support for public workers in Wisconsin.

New York—Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget plan would cripple community colleges at the City University of New York and undermine quality of instruction throughout the university, according to the Professional Staff Congress (PSC/CUNY), the union that represents faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York (CUNY).

On Wednesday, January 26th the PSC bargaining team met with CUNY management to begin negotiating a new successor agreement to the contract that expired on October 19, 2010.

Given the signals of severe budget cuts, wage freezes, tax caps, and other austerity measures coming from the Cuomo Administration, our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has scheduled two important statewide events.

The PSC and CUNY will hold their first bargaining session to discuss the new contract on Wednesday, January 26. The old contract expired on October 20, 2010 but under State law all its protections remain in place.

The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York are pleased to announce a three-year pilot program to streamline the selection process and enhance the PSC-CUNY Research Awards. As part of the restructured program, faculty retain responsibility for the selection process; a new category of awards of up to $12,000 has been introduced; and the application deadline has been changed to January 15. In reaching the agreement with the University, the PSC leadership worked closely with the chair of the University Faculty Senate and current members of the University Committee on Research Awards.

The PSC and CUNY entered into an important settlement agreement affecting the use of substitutes by the University that will end the abuse of the substitute title and establish new rights for PSC members who serve in substitute titles.

At its June, 2010 meeting, the CUNY BOT voted to allow all fulltime members of the instructional staff who have at least 10 years of service and are at least 50 years old as of January 27, 2011 to consider taking the state sponsored early retirement incentive.

The PSC endorsed six solid, progressive candidates in the September 14th Democratic primary. All but one won.

On Saturday, May 1 in lower Manhattan, close to 10,000 people took part in a HISTORIC rally for labor and immigrant rights.

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