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.
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Rally to Save SUNY Downstate—Thurs., May 9
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.
Congratulations 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.
CUNY FACULTY MOUNT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEW CORE CURRICULUM, “PATHWAYS”
AD CAMPAIGN SAYS: LISTEN TO THE FACULTY, CUNY. DON’T SACRIFICE QUALITY.
New York—Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, distinguished professor of history at John Jay College, and Dr. Manfred Philipp, professor of chemistry at Lehman College, are featured in a new ad campaign opposing Pathways, CUNY’s new core curriculum. The ads express opposition voiced by thousands of CUNY professors over the last two years.
PSC President Barbara Bowen sent a letter supporting Brooklyn College President Karen Gould's defense of academic freedom and the Brooklyn College Political Science Department in their co-sponsorship of a forum on the BDS movement, which calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.
Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the American Association of University Professors, also wrote to President Gould praising her "courageous defense of the principles of academic freedom." (Read his letter.)
Gould’s defense of academic freedom drew fire from a group of politicians (their letter) who wrongly equate the political science department’s co-sponsorship of the forum with an endorsement of the views expressed by the BDS movement.
PSC President Bowen sent a second letter to this group of politicians saying “a college president who stands up for academic freedom at CUNY—where academic freedom has come under repeated assault in recent years—should be applauded by “progressive” politicians, not bullied.”