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.