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NYSUT will rally for full investment in higher education and against corporate control of public education.

Next Deadline is June 7

PSC has reached agreement with CUNY on a three-year pilot program of Phased Retirement for full-time instructional staff who participate in the Optional Retirement Plan and are at least 65 years old. Instructional staff members interested in participating in the program starting Fall 2013 must express interest in doing so by submitting a notice of intent to their department chair/supervisor by May 15. Interested instructional staff must work with their department chair/supervisor to decide on a mutually agreeable “phased” workload configuration. A formal application must be submitted by June 7.

Rally to Save SUNY Downstate—Thurs., May 9
A coalition of faith, labor and community organizations will rally this Thurs., May 9 at 5:00 PM, as part of an all-out campaign to save SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn’s only state-run public hospital. Vital healthcare services and jobs are on the line after the state budget passed without funding appropriated to save the hospital, which has been on the verge of insolvency. PSC’s sister union, United University Professions, represents many SUNY Downstate workers. A press conference and “pre-rally” with Rev. Al Sharpton is set for 3 PM at SUNY Downstate’s 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance. A church service at Mt. Zion Church of God, at 203 E. 37th St. (between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard) is scheduled for 4:15 PM, and the rally will start at 5 PM at SUNY Downstate’s 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance. Download a flier at this link.

Candidates in the New York City mayoral election named their priorities for the City University and affirmed their commitment to public higher education last night at a forum hosted by the Professional Staff Congress. John Liu and Bill Thompson attended, Thompson arrived late.

On Wednesday, April 24th, PSC President Barbara Bowen wrote a letter to adjuncts informing them that:

Adjunct health insurance through the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund has been extended for a year and two months—through June 30, 2014. An agreement between the PSC and CUNY on the 14-month extension was reached today [4/24/13], and was supported by a vote by the Welfare Fund Board of Trustees.

"Rather than ask you to live in uncertainty any longer," Bowen noted, "the PSC worked with CUNY to negotiate an extension of the current adjunct health insurance program through the Welfare Fund."

"Coverage through the Welfare Fund is not a permanent solution," Bowen added, "and the union will continue to work with CUNY on a long-term structural solution [placing adjuncts on a public plan]."

May Day is an annual celebration of our collective strength as working people and our shared commitment to a better world. This year’s May Day event begins at 4:30 PM on Wed., May 1 with a rally in Union Square followed at 5:15 PM by a march down Broadway to City Hall, where PSC president Barbara Bowen will be among the speakers.

May Day is an annual celebration of our collective strength as working people and our shared commitment to a better world. This year’s May Day event begins at 4:30 PM on Wed., May 1 with a rally in Union Square followed at 5:15 PM by a march down Broadway to City Hall. You can download a flier and read a message about May Day from PSC Treasurer Mike Fabricant and Solidarity Committee Chair Jim Perlstein on this page.

honors_130407_barbanel.jpgCongratulations to Dr. Judith Barbanel, chair of the PSC chapter at Queensborough Community College! She was named Higher Education Member of the Year at 2013 NYSUT Representative Assembly. Judy is a true faculty leader, ever-present with her QCC colleagues at the union’s legislative and organizing actions, and always ready to stand up for her coworkers. Here is the statement from NYSUT about her award:

"The conflict spilled into view this week, with ads published in several newspapers" reported WNYC's and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" in a story about Pathways on March 21st.. Click here to listen to PSC President Barbara Bowen and CUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lexa Logue interviewed by WNYC's Amy Eddings.

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