Inside The Cooper Union's historic Great Hall, nearly 1,000 PSC members gathered to prepare for the next steps of the contract campaign: building member power for a strike authorization vote. PSC President Barbara Bowen outlined a five-point plan for moving forward.
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.
The CUNY board of trustees recently approved a budget request that would give CUNY the authority to raise tuition at senior colleges for another year. Union leaders and students protested the increases.
Pressing the anti-union Supreme Court case is a little-known organization that seeks to bring religion into public schools, making missionaries of teachers.
Building grassroots power in the membership base is crucial to planning for a strike authorization vote. This organizing requires in-person, one-on-one conversations with members. Sign up to be a part of the organizing effort.