PSC Ad Urges New Yorkers To Tell Their Electeds: Support The New Deal for CUNY
Jan 24, 2022
The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC/CUNY), the union representing 30,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, launched a digital ad campaign calling on New Yorkers to contact their elected officials to support and fund the New Deal for CUNY (ND4C). The ads, which are set to run on multiple social and online media platforms for several weeks, feature shots of a December march where nearly a thousand New Yorkers including members of labor, social justice and student organizations rallied in Queens in support of the New Deal for CUNY.
“CUNY has been the bedrock of so many New Yorkers’ futures – for students of color, working families and immigrants,” the ad says.
The ad campaign comes after the release of Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget where she announced a five-year plan to scale up investment in CUNY and SUNY. The Governor’s budget proposes to increase state funding for CUNY senior colleges by $170 million next year, without increasing tuition. It also holds community college funding steady despite temporary enrollment losses and devotes $53 million to hire new full-time faculty. Campus childcare and state financial aid would receive significant increases from the Governor as well.
CUNY needs all the investments provided in the Governor’s budget – and much more! Her Executive Budget is a decisive rejection of the state’s pattern of austerity funding for CUNY. CUNY, however, identified $313 million in needed state investments in the University Budget Request. The PSC and their CUNY Rising Alliance partners are calling on the Legislature and the Governor to build on the Executive Budget by funding the full $313 million and passing the New Deal for CUNY.
“Free, well-funded high quality public higher education for the public college students of New York City is within our reach,” said Professional Staff Congress President James Davis. “Our union members are excited to mobilize around the vision for the New Deal for CUNY and eager to work with our coalition partners and elected officials to make it a reality.”