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June 22, 2011

PSC Statement on Albany's "Framework" Agreement on CUNY and SUNY

The following is a statement made by Barbara Bowen, President of the PSC. New York, June 21, 2011 — While all the details of Albany’s emerging “framework” for funding CUNY and SUNY are not yet available, we commend the legislative leaders and the governor for recognizing the need to stabilize…

June 2, 2011

Save our schools! Make a call to stop Albany’s tax cap disaster!

The New York Times called Albany’s property tax cap plan a "cheap political tool...that will only further devastate communities." Despite the Times’ editorial and dire warnings from teachers, parents and school districts across the state, the Assembly has introduced a tax cap bill similar to flawed legislation that was passed…

June 2, 2011

Rally for CUNY with Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez—City Hall Steps Friday, June 3

Rodriquez speaking on City Hall steps in December 2010. City Council Higher Education Chair Ydanis Rodriguez has called a rally/news conference for this Friday, June 3 at 11 am at the steps of City Hall. PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola will speak at the event along with student activists and other…

March 31, 2011

Albany Budget Favors the Rich, Slams the Rest

Albany made a choice, just a few hours before dawn on March 31, to crush the hopes of a generation of students while handing out tax breaks for the richest New Yorkers. “The fundamental injustice of this budget is staggering: Albany has delivered a Bush-era tax cut to the richest…

March 30, 2011

Rank-and-File Voices from the March 23 Sit-in in Albany

By John Tarleton More than 150 CUNY faculty, staff and students decended on the State Capitol March 23 to protest against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts. Thirty-three people were arrested when they peacefully blockaded the entrance to Cuomo’s office, making headlines across the state for challenging the political establishment’s…

March 28, 2011

A Budget Deal Has Been Announced—and Opposition Escalates

Community, tenant, trade union and student activists protesting outside legislative chambers on 3/30. The Governor, Senate and Assembly leadership have made a budget deal—a deal that hands over billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy while it cuts hundreds of millions from CUNY, schools, heath care and social…

March 16, 2011

Student/Faculty Albany Lobby Day: 3/15/11: Restore CUNY Funding

Click here for slideshow. Our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) also has an article, pictures and video on the student/faculty lobby day.Albany, March 15. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff from CUNY and SUNY gathered today to urge the legislature to restore public funding for higher education.…

February 26, 2011

"This is What Democracy Looks Like"

With humor and a sharp political bite, Jim Perlstein, co-chair of the PSC Solidarity Committee, addresses thousands of New Yorkers at a 2/26/11 City Hall Park rally in support of Wisconsin trade unionists. Greetings from the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing 22,000 faculty and staff at the City University.…

February 24, 2011

On Wisconsin: More Than 500 Union Supporters Rally Outside Fox News HQ

by John Tarleton, Clarion Associate Editor Chanting “We are all Wisconsin”, a crowd of more than 500 people rallied outside Fox News's Midtown headquarters early Tuesday evening to show their support for public workers in Wisconsin. The Feb. 22 rally was one of dozens of solidarity events held across the…

January 21, 2011

PSC to Join in February Lobbying Pushback Against Cuomo’s Austerity Agenda; Please Get Involved Now

Given the signals of severe budget cuts, wage freezes, tax caps, and other austerity measures coming from the Cuomo Administration, our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has scheduled two important statewide events. An extraordinary lobby day to be held February 15 at the Capitol will bring in…

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