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Students, community groups and unions launched a Citywide Day of Action on Wednesday, November 14 to demand that Albany and City Hall fully fund the City University of New York (CUNY) and expand programs shown to double graduation rates and save CUNY $6,500 per graduate. These programs—Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and Accelerate Complete Engage (ACE)—offer smaller classes and better advisement, as well as free tuition, MetroCards and books.

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The Day of Action was part of the Fund CUNY ASAP campaign organized by the CUNY Rising Alliance, a coalition of 33 organizations that fights for free and quality education at CUNY.

Timed to coincide with the CUNY Board of Trustees’ formulation of the University’s budget request to the State and City for the next fiscal year, the day featured petitioning blitzes on ten campuses in all five boroughs organized by NYPIRG, PSC chapters, CUNY Rising, and the CUNY University Student Senate.

The petition addressed to Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio demands that New York fully fund CUNY and make ASAP and ACE available to all CUNY students. Per-student State support for CUNY senior colleges declined by 18% between 2008 and 2018. And the State’s refusal to fund collective bargaining costs has forced colleges to cut their already reduced budgets for academic programs and student support. City and State funding for the CUNY community colleges has been increasing, but not nearly enough to support CUNY-wide ASAP-level investments in student success.

Dear Colleagues,

Last night the PSC Executive Council adopted this statement on the horrible mass murder in the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend. We woke up to learn that there has been more anti-Semitic desecration, right here in New York. Vile and threatening graffiti was found inside a synagogue in Brooklyn. Now it becomes even more urgent for us, as union members and New Yorkers, to take care of each other and repudiate all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.

Please read and share the statement below, and join colleagues in peaceful actions to demonstrate that we will not tolerate racism or anti-Semitism in New York City, or anywhere. Labor and universities have an important role to play in this crisis.

Let’s rise to the current moment and all it demands of us.

In solidarity,
Barbara Bowen

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CUNY’s Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank is a pool of voluntarily donated sick leave and annual leave available for potential use as sick leave by all full-time employees at CUNY (instructional and classified) who are also donors to the bank. The Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank, which arose out of a PSC contract campaign, exemplifies worker solidarity and mutual support. It gives CUNY workers a way to offer aid to colleagues dealing with a catastrophic illness and provides a place to turn for help if they face a similar need. The open enrollment period for the Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank will be held from October 1 to October 31. Workers must donate leave in a program year to be eligible to receive leave in that year (up to 90 days). Click here for program requirements and to learn how to donate and receive leave from the bank.

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