The 84th convention of the American Federation of Teachers will be held July 18-21, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. PSC is sending a delegation to the biennial AFT convention, which is the most important policymaking body of the federation. Important resolutions, constitution and bylaws amendments, as well as the election of the AFT president, secretary-treasurer, executive vice president and 43 vice presidents, will be in the hands of the delegates.
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Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations will host the 41st UALE Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations in the summer of 2016. The summer school will be held at the Labor Education Center. One of the most valuable aspects of the summer schools is the opportunity to meet and network with other union women from around the region and beyond.
The Elections Committee met on Friday, May 13th to certify the spring chapter elections:
- Brooklyn EOC – Chair - Felicia Wharton
- College of Staten Island – Chair – George Sanchez
- Hunter Campus Schools – Chair – David Towber
- HEO – Chair – Andrea Vasquez
- Kingsborough – Chair – Rita Yarmish
- Lehman – Chair – Robert Farrell
- Manhattan CC – Chair – Geoffrey Kurtz
- Medgar Evers – Chair – Clinton Crawford
- New York City Tech – Chair – Benjamin Shepard
- Queensborough CC – Chair – Edmond Clingan
- Retiree Chapter – Chair – Bill Friedheim
The effective date of office for the spring chapter elections is May 27, 2016 – 3 year term.
All of the elections were uncontested but two. The official count for the two contested election (CSI and BMCC) is available here.
Cecelia McCall, Secretary of the PSC from 2000 to 2006 and now a leader of the Retiree Chapter, was honored April 8 at the Representative Assembly of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) with the "Not for Ourselves Alone -- Sandy Feldman Outstanding Leadership Award."
Members will elect leadership for eleven PSC chapters this month. Click here for the official election notice for the April 2016 chapter elections.
Ballots together with pre-paid return envelopes were mailed to members’ home addresses on April 1. In uncontested elections, ballots must be received by 5 pm at the PSC office on April 28. In contested elections, they are due at the office of the designated ballot-counting organization by 5 pm on April 28. All ballots will be counted at 10 am on April 29.
Hundreds More Rally Demanding Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Pass a State Budget that Invests in CUNY Students and Professors
January 26, 2016
“Having failed to make an economic offer to the union for five years, and having finally offered what amounts to a salary cut, The City University of New York has now claimed that contract negotiations are at an impasse. A declaration of impasse - if supported by the State Public Employment Relations Board - would result in the appointment of a mediator to resolve contract negotiations with the Professional Staff Congress.
“CUNY management failed to give the union any advance notice of their declaration of impasse, and we are studying the legal filing now. We will review CUNY's claim that contract negotiations have reached an impasse and will respond to the State Public Employment Relations Board when appropriate. Meanwhile, the union will continue to fight to reverse the State’s disinvestment in CUNY and its impact on the education of CUNY students. Governor Cuomo has included $240 million for resolving CUNY contracts in his proposed budget. CUNY should join the union in fighting to ensure that those funds are part of an overall increase in public investment in CUNY.
“If the CUNY administration had advocated more aggressively for public funding for CUNY rather than accommodating to scarcity, they would not be trying to create an impasse now. Instead, we waited five years for an economic offer. CUNY’s half-million students deserve a high-quality education. To ensure that, the University must complete a collective bargaining agreement that pays faculty and staff fairly for the important work we do and that makes CUNY competitive for the faculty and staff that CUNY students deserve.”
President Barbara Bowen's Statement on the State Budget Testimony of Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer
January 26, 2016
“The PSC is heartened by Mayor de Blasio’s call for a fair resolution of the PSC-CUNY contract today and by his reiteration that the NYC will pay its proportionate share of the cost of raises in a final labor agreement. And we are grateful for the aggressive defense of CUNY mounted by several members of the Legislature during today’s budget hearing.
“In his budget testimony today, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer offered further evidence of the state’s failure to invest adequately in quality education for CUNY’s students, who are predominately people of color. The comptroller’s analysis shows that investment in CUNY has lagged far behind growth of the overall state operating budget. CUNY, Comptroller Stringer said, would have $637 million more in state funding on hand today for senior and community colleges if the CUNY budget had grown at pace with the state budget over the past seven years.
“The City University of New York needs increased public investment, not cuts from the state, to ensure that CUNY’s half-million mostly low income students get a quality education and that CUNY’s faculty and staff—who have not had a raise in six years—are paid fairly for the important work they do. The Governor’s Executive Budget provides $240 million “to ensure fair and affordable agreements with CUNY labor unions.” It is critical that those funds be part of an overall increase in public investment in CUNY.
“In addition to collaborating to find efficiencies at CUNY, the governor and the mayor must ensure that CUNY is fully funded and end the pattern of public disinvestment that has left CUNY starved of resources and unable to compete for the faculty and staff that CUNY students deserve.”
On Monday, January 11, two days before the release of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget, clergy and representatives of the city’s most active community groups, civil rights organizations, and unions urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore state funding for the City University of New York and invest in CUNY’s students, faculty and staff. The call came at news conference held outside Cuomo’s midtown office building.