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March 31, 2023

Statement on Mayor Adams’ Decision to Sign New Aetna Medicare Advantage Contract

“Mayor Adams missed an opportunity to honor the City's most essential promise to retirees when he signed the Medicare Advantage contract between the City and Aetna. He had the option to continue traditional Medicare with high quality, premium-free Medicare supplemental insurance (Senior Care), while still saving the City more than…

March 29, 2023

FL university system imposes 5-year tenure review; profs, other advocates criticize the change

Florida’s state university system is making major changes to long-time tenure protections, meaning that established professors would have to undergo a review every five years to determine the faculty members’ “productivity.” However, Florida-based professors and other advocates say that the new rule, approved by the Florida Board of Governors Wednesday,…

March 29, 2023

Unions join chorus of ‘good cause’ backers

With just days before the budget deadline, tenant advocates are doubling down on their push for “good cause” eviction. In a new letter to state leaders shared exclusively to City & State, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the United Federation of Teachers added their voices to the…

March 27, 2023

Tuition hikes at some SUNY campuses could reach 9% under Gov. Hochul proposal

Tuition hikes at several of the most competitive State University of New York campuses could grow by 9% each year, thanks to a loophole in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to fund public higher education. Language in the executive budget bills authorizes raising in-state tuition by an “additional” 6% at four…

March 27, 2023

Students Lead March Across Brooklyn Bridge For New Deal For CUNY

CUNY student leaders led a march on Sunday, March 19, calling for state officials to fund the New Deal for CUNY, a bill that aims to make the university tuition-free and more equipped with mental health counseling. It would also increase salaries for adjunct professors, among other demands. Students from the University…

March 27, 2023

The True Cost of Tuition Hikes on SUNY & CUNY Students

Tuition increases would hit the CUNY system as it faces a hiring freeze and $175million in cuts — five to six% of its total budget — in fiscal year 2024, potentiallydecreasing enrollment...

March 25, 2023

Keeping supplemental Medicare plan would still yield savings, expert says

Contrary to city officials’ contentions, giving municipal retirees the option to keep their preferred, premium-free health-care benefits would yield substantial cost-savings for the city, a policy expert is arguing. According to calculations by Barbara Caress, a health-policy professor at Baruch College, the city would realize nearly $350 million in health-care…

March 23, 2023

CUNY students rally, want ‘New Deal for CUNY’ enacted

Four-time CUNY grad Jamell Henderson is still studying—he says he’s on the path to graduating a fifth time. When he graduates with a PhD from CUNY’s College of Staten Island, he will become Dr. Jamell Henderson and a five-time CUNY grad. “Twenty years of being a student––and a student advocate––because…

March 21, 2023

PSC Raises Key Issue in Hearing on Aetna Medicare Advantage Contract

In his testimony about the proposed Medicare Advantage contract delivered on March 21 during a telephone hearing hosted by the NYC Office of Labor Relations, PSC President James Davis, said: “We were surprised to discover that the Aetna contract provides an option for retires to stay in traditional Medicare, with…

March 20, 2023

‘Not a radical idea’: Students, staff, supporters march over Brooklyn Bridge for CUNY funding

Days after the state legislature proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments for City University of New York, close to 100 students and faculty members rallied for additional funding as they seek a tuition-free CUNY and a better quality of education. Marchers, joined Sunday by a bevy of…

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Mayor Adams signs Aetna Medicare Advantace contract - City Hall Rally Friday, March 31