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6/21/11 statement: While all the details of Albany’s emerging “framework” for funding CUNY and SUNY are not yet available, we commend the legislative leaders and the governor for recognizing the need to stabilize funding for CUNY and SUNY....

We object, however, to the annual tuition increases on which the framework is reportedly built. Five years of tuition increases is not the way to protect opportunity for CUNY students, nor is it the way to ensure long-term public investment in public higher education....

Now in its 36th year, the Union Women's Summer Schools areNortheasWSS.jpg rooted in the traditions of early worker education, as exemplified by the Bryn Mawr summer schools for Women Workers of the 1920s and the WPA worker education programs of the 1930s. Courses of study are tailored to meet the needs and interests of women union members, activists and leaders.

This year, Rutgers University will host the Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women, July 17-22. PSC activists are encouraged to apply.

The upcoming Metro New York Labor Communications Council Convention will be held Friday June 17 at the Murphy Institute.

Barbara Bowen will join Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Program Director Janine Jackson on a morning panel entitled “Framing the Public Sector” that begins at 10 am. Frances Fox Piven will be honored at 12:30 p.m. as Metro Labor’s 2011 Communicator of the Year and the conference will conclude with Metro’s labor communications awards ceremony at 1:30 pm. The PSC is receiving seven awards. (Click "read more" below for program and registration information).

The New York Times called Albany’s property tax cap plan a "cheap political tool...that will only further devastate communities." NYSUT, PSC’s statewide affiliate, is fighting hard to block or significantly change the legislation, but the political situation is challenging and time is running out. We need every one of our members to pitch in to help get the job done.

City Council Higher Education Chair Ydanis Rodriguez has called a rally/news conference for this Friday, June 3 at 11 am at the steps of City Hall. PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola will speak at the event along with student activists and other council members.

The news conference/rally will precede a public hearing at Emigrant Savings Bank (49-51 Chambers Street) where CUNY officials will testify about the impact of the Mayor’s Executive Budget. The public cannot offer testimony until Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm.

New York— The Mayor’s latest round of proposed cuts to CUNY would undermine already-degraded learning and working conditions at the City University of New York (CUNY), according to Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC/CUNY), the union that represents faculty and professional staff at CUNY.

At its monthly meeting on Monday, May 2nd, the CUNY Board of Trustees denied authorization to John Jay College to grant an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner at its spring commencement. After a firestorm of protest, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, on Monday, May 9th, reversed the Board's initial decision and voted to grant Kushner an honorary degree.

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A strong PSC contingent, conspicuously visible, helped make the May Day rally in Foley a resounding success. Paul Washington, representing the union, gave a passionate and pointed address to the crowd highlighting the assault austerity budgets mount on communities of color and working people in general.

During the week of April 4, the labor movement, progressive organizations, the faith community, students, academics and concerned Americans from all walks of life are commemorating the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King with solidarity marches for economic and social justice.

Albany made a choice, just a few hours before dawn on March 31, to crush the hopes of a generation of students while handing out tax breaks for the richest New Yorkers.

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