This Week in the PSC (12.06.18): Calling for Full Funding of CUNY, Enactment of Maintenance of Effort Legislation

PRESSING FOR THE CONTRACT WE NEED!
CUNY Board of Trustees Meeting, Mon., Dec. 10

CUNY’s budget request still hasn’t been released—weeks after it’s usually made public. Will the budget address our contract demands for competitive salaries and $7K for adjuncts? The trustees need to know that we’re watching and ready to act. RSVP here to participate in a rally outside the Board meeting next Monday, December 10. Come to demand the fully funded contract we deserve, and be prepared to support PSC’s elected leadership as they engage in a protest action. Meet at 4:30 PM at the corner of East 25th Street and Lexington Ave, next to the Baruch Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue. Click here to download a flier.

Plaster Your Hallway with Contract Now! Posters

Contact your chapter chair to get one or more of 11 new “Contract Now!” posters for your office door or workspace. Plaster your hallway to help make visible the union’s major demands.

PSC Calls for Full Funding of CUNY, Enactment of Maintenance of Effort Legislation

President Barbara Bowen urged the State to increase funding for CUNY in testimony delivered yesterday to the Assembly Higher Education Committee. She also called on the governor to sign legislation soon to be before him that would enhance the State’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for CUNY and SUNY. Read the full testimony here. Click here for video of President Bowen’s testimony and here for video of testimony from the CUNY student panel.

Scholarship Announcement

PSC members should encourage eligible CUNY students to apply for the Belle Zeller Scholarship before the January 18, 2019 deadline. Undergraduates at CUNY community colleges and senior colleges can apply. Doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center and students enrolled in the CUNY Law School can also apply, using a separate application process. Click here for application materials. Eligibility requirements are detailed on the application forms.

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1979 by the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY. The scholarship honors the founding president of the PSC, Belle Zeller, Professor Emerita of Political Science at Brooklyn College, where she taught for more than 40 years. The scholarship is intended to recognize the unique qualities of Belle Zeller: the combination of social commitment and scholarship. The Fund is currently an independent nonprofit organization. Email questions to bzscholarship@citytech.cuny.edu.

Labor Goes to the Movies Presents Boys Don’t Cry—Fri., Dec 7

The union’s film series will continue its exploration of the theme “Sex & Power” with a screening of Boys Don’t Cry (Peirce, US, 1999) this Friday, December 7 in the PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th floor.

Boys Don’t Cry, starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, tells the story of Brandon Teena, a teenage transgender man in Nebraska, and his relationship with a young woman, Lana Tisdel, played by Chloë Sevigny. The real Teena’s fluid sexual identity shaped much of the commentary from critics about the film, as did the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard a year earlier. Most mainstream films with transgender themes concentrate on male-to-female transition, the characters often psychopaths. By contrast, this film focusing on a vulnerable transgender man struggling to establish his identity showed an America growing less rigid about gender identity.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Four dollar suggested donation. Light refreshments available. More info.