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A message from PSC President Barbara Bowen:

The PSC is planning to mobilize our members in an informational picket and demonstration outside the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, November 28 in defense of CUNY students, in defense of the right to peaceful protest, and in support of the other positions the PSC has taken on issues before the Board. I urge all PSC members to join us in this action. In particular, the PSC officers call on members who are experienced activists to attend the demonstration and show support for students who wish to engage in peaceful protest.

Last night, peaceful protesters—CUNY students speaking out against unfair tuition hikes and the privatization of public higher education—were shoved by campus peace officers with batons and reported being hit as the CUNY peace officers forced them out of the lobby of Baruch College’s Vertical Campus. Read the PSC's statement.

Top 1% Concentrated in Manhattan and NYC Suburbs; Millionaires Less Than .1% In Upstate and Outer Boroughs; $5B tax cut for “Mostly Manhattan Millionaires”

New analysis of the state’s most recent public tax data by the Center for Working Families shows that those who make $1 million or more a year disproportionately live in Manhattan, Westchester and Long Island, with very few millionaires living in regions across Upstate New York or in the outer boroughs of New York City.

This struggle has re-awakened our imagination -- novelist & essayist Arundhati Roy

PSC members were among the thousands of people who rallied and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday to show their support for Occupy Wall Street two days after police raided and shut down the group's encampment at Zuccotti Park.

“I'm here to be part of the resurgence of protest and optimism,” said City College Professor of Architecture Alan Feigenberg. “The theme of the 99% and the broadest united front has really been encouraging.”

“The youth have woken up. There’s no putting a cap on this thing,” said Roopali Mukherjee, an associate professor of media studies at Queens College. “OWS has shown not only that something should be done, it can be done.”

Nov17thDayofActionFoleySq.jpgThursday, November 17th, is a day of a city-wide mobilization to demand economic justice for “the 99%.” Be part of the growing movement to change economic and political policy; be part of the march with the PSC.

The PSC will take part in a peaceful, permitted rally and march that will begin at Foley Square at 5:00 PM before winding its way around City Hall and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Our members will meet at the intersection of Broadway and Worth Street at 5:00 PM, before marching together into Foley Square.

Bill (2).jpgBill Mulholland, an administrative assistant in the Grievances and Contract Enforcement Department, died at home Tuesday, November 8th following complications from illness. Many PSC members, especially those who worked on grievances, had close friendships with Bill, and we all relied on him. It is a terrible loss.

Nov17thDayofAction.jpgA broad coalition labor and community groups, including the PSC, is working with Occupy Wall Street to organize a mass action at Foley Square and throughout Lower Manhattan the evening of Thursday, November 17th. Please come rally and march for our students at CUNY. They truly are the 99%. New York should be funding their educations, not handing tax breaks to the wealthy and the super-rich.

WF.jpgAfter a spirited debate, the PSC Delegate Assembly voted 51-35-4 in favor of affiliating with the Working Families Party (WFP resolution)

The proposed affiliation came before the delegates after having received a thorough examination and recommendation from both the PSC’s Legislation and Solidarity Committees, as well as the Executive Council

Arthurine giving testimony (2).jpgLast Wednesday (October 26), PSC Secretary Arthurine DeSola testified before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education at hearing examining the effects of the current state budget and the state’s new tuition policy. In her testimony, Secretary DeSola reaffirmed PSC’s position that CUNY should be funded with pubic dollars, not endless tuition hikes. She also called for continuation of the state millionaires’ tax, and told the legislators that the state must fund all of CUNY’s mandatory cost increases.

If you are an adjunct who has not yet joined the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), please fill out an enrollment form immediately. There will be drastic consequences for adjuncts who delay enrolling in TRS if the New York State legislature agrees to pension changes recently proposed by Governor Cuomo.