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Update: Organized Protest Pays Off -- Petraeus to Work $1 a Year.

July 15. 2013. The New York Times reports that David Petraeus, after protest from within and without CUNY, will work at Macaulay Honors College for $1.00 a year. That is considerably lower than the $200,000 that CUNY was originally going to pay him for teaching a three-hour course for the 2013-14 academic year. After a shower of protest from CUNY faculty and staff and from elected officials, the salary was reduced to $150,00 and now $1.00.

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  • Protest by CUNY faculty, staff and students.
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    New York—The union representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York has called CUNY’s plan to pay disgraced former CIA Director David Petraeus $150,000 to teach one seminar per semester “obscene” and has demanded that the University set priorities that fit its mission.

    The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has endorsed Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City because of his progressive record and his focus on ending economic inequality.

    “We support Bill de Blasio because he stands for an alternative to the politics of austerity that have dominated New York for too long,” said Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC. “De Blasio understands the strategic importance of CUNY and has a vision of its place in a city where opportunity is not limited to the richest 1%. New York must not continue to be the most unequal city in the country. We believe that de Blasio can win and can be part of making the change this city needs.”

    PSC’s Delegate Assembly voted to issue the endorsement for de Blasio and for four other citywide and borough offices.

    Click here for a list of City Council candidates endorsed by the PSC.



    New York, NY—
    The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has endorsed Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City. The union, which represents 25,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, is backing de Blasio because of his progressive record and his focus on ending economic inequality.

    A Message from President Bowen

    To PSC Members:

    The City of New York, which administers the health insurance program that covers CUNY faculty, staff and retirees, has begun an “audit” of dependents on City health insurance. The announced purpose of the audit is to determine whether dependents covered under the City health insurance plan are in fact eligible for coverage. If you have a spouse, child or other dependent covered under the City health plan, you should expect to receive correspondence from the City about the audit. The union wants to help you to be prepared.

    The audit is not on behalf of or approved by PSC or any other municipal union; it is a City initiative. The City has asserted that it has the legal right to determine whether dependents receiving health coverage are legitimately entitled to be covered, and has hired a for-profit consulting company to conduct the audit. It is not hard to see a connection between the City’s decision to conduct the audit at this time and the City’s approach to contracts for public employees—which includes a demand to shift more of the cost of healthcare onto employees.

    This is an excerpt from the Laborpress's coverage of the PSC-RF Central Office Rally on May 21. Click here to read more.

    May 22, 2013
    By Joe Maniscalco

    PSC-CUNY Research Foundation protest.

    Protesters march outside Research Foundation HQ.

    New York, NY - Frustration levels were high outside the CUNY Research Foundation's 230 West 41st headquarters on Tuesday, as employees who have been working without a contract since last December hit the pavement to protest what many view as management's increasing greed and hostility. (Watch Video)

    "I've never experienced this type of insistence on taking advantage of people that work with you every day," Central Office Chapter Chair Anthony Dixon told Laborpress. "Research Management has decided that it's important for them to squeeze as much as they can out of the union members."

    The Research Foundation (RF) is a private, not-for-profit educational corporation that supports City University of New York faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support from government and private sponsors.


    Faculty and staff members from colleges and universities across the U.S. met in Ohio over the weekend to address some of the toughest issues facing student success in America’s higher education system.

    The rapid drive to move students’classes from campuses to online and the Gold Rush mentality behind many entrepreneurs pushing the new teaching schemes — especially the latest incarnation known as MOOCs (massive open online classes) — was a hot topic at the 5th national meeting of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE).

    Thirteen PSC chapters held votes in April to elect chapter officers, delegates and alternates to the union’s Delegate Assembly. Seven campuses also voted to elect representatives to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Advisory Council.

    If you care about getting a raise and a new contract, make sure you attend this rally—and bring a colleague! Mayor Bloomberg has made it clear that he will not approve retroactive pay for City workers and that he means to increase health insurance costs. Neither PSC nor any other public-employee union in NYC has pursued bargaining under those terms. “The rally on June 12th is our chance to make clear collectively to the next Mayor that that position is not acceptable,” said Pres. Barbara Bowen. “The City has had multi-billion-dollars surpluses for several years, and Mayor’s projected budget deficits have not fully materialized.”

    The rally is at City Hall Park, next Wed., June 12, from 4-6 PM. Contact Deirdre Brill ( to RSVP. Need more reasons to attend? How about proposals to shift health care costs onto workers? Or tabloids casting public servants’ contract demands as an attack on tax-paying New Yorkers? As if CUNY professors, sanitation workers, teachers or firefighters aren’t also taxpayers.

    A promotional video for the rally with workers from every sector of the City’s labor movement—including PSC leaders—is now online.

    Click this link to watch the video and this link to download a flier about the rally.