Two hundred PSC members joined a union rally at the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College Monday, September 30. Faculty and staff demonstrated inside the Board meeting and in the street outside Baruch to reiterate the union’s refusal to accept an austerity contract for its members or an austerity education for CUNY students. A fair contract, quality education for CUNY students and action in response to the 92% No Confidence in Pathways vote were the union’s demands of the CUNY Board. Students from the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY who were beaten and arrested by police at a September 17 demonstration against CUNY’s appointment of former CIA chief General David Petraeus turned out at the rally to show solidarity with the union. PSC leaders asked them to speak and repeated the union’s defense of the right of peaceful protest at CUNY without fear of police violence.
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