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At it's June 19th meeting, the PSC Delegate Assembly established a mobilization committee to "build for, and participate in the Global Climate Change actions being planned for New York City by labor, environmental, and community organizations during the UN General Assembly from September 16-23, 2014." [Click here for the DA resolution.]

Together with other labor, environmental, community, faith-based, grassroots and NGO organizations, the PSC is joining the "People's Climate March," culminating in what may be the largest climate march in history at 1 pm on Sunday, September 21st. As of late July, the march had more than 500 sponsoring organizations.

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The PSC Delegate Assembly has passed a resolution, Against the Institutionalization of ROTC at CUNY. The resolution, passed overwhelmingly at the May Delegate Assembly, is in response to the establishment of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at City College, Medgar Evers College and York College, and to the attempt to start an ROTC program at the College of Staten Island. CUNY students have been a target for recruitment into ROTC since the Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, published a report in 2011 naming CUNY as a “huge potential recruiting pool.” The resolution concludes that ROTC is not in the best interest of CUNY students or the University community. It calls on the CUNY administration to close its existing ROTC programs and prohibit the establishment of future programs.

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On Thursday, June 19th the PSC Delegate Assembly passed a resolution on “Democratizing Ballot Access in New York Elections” which called for the PSC and its state and city affiliates to “join in a campaign for voting rights reform in New York City and state which would have the effect of maximizing voter turnout by allowing for early voting, voting by mail and same-day registration.”

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Summer means hot temperatures, trips to the beach and back-yard cookouts. But be aware that spending time outdoors during the heat of the day can put your health at risk. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat:

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At it's June 19th meeting, the PSC Delegate Assembly established a mobilization committee to "build for, and participate in the Global Climate Change actions being planned for New York City by labor, environmental, and community organizations during the UN General Assembly from September 16-23, 2014."

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“Confronting New York City’s Retirement Crisis” -- This was the call for a conference on Tuesday, July 17th convened by the NYC Central Labor Council and the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. Approximately 200 people crowded into the New School’s Wollman Hall for an analysis of the problem and consideration of possible solutions by speakers and panelists drawn from labor, academia, policy institutes, business and government.

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The PSC and its statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), have endorsed a candidate in the Democratic Primary Election for New York's 13th Congressional District.

Washington’s skewed priorities can be set right if we elect the right candidates. Don't sit out this critical primary election on Tuesday, June 24. The polls will be open from 6 AM to 9 PM. (Visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us to find your poll site.)

PSC members can log in with their member ID or Social security number to read more.

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PSC President Barbara Bowen and Secretary Arthurine DeSola testified on June 12 at a City Council hearing to examine proposals for need- and merit-based scholarships currently before the Council. The hearing, chaired by Inez Barron of the Higher Education Committee, featured testimony about the Academic Achievement Award (AAA), a proposed $400 per semester merit-based scholarship for students from NYC high schools and about a $5 million need-based aid initiative proposed by the PSC.

In their testimony, Bowen and DeSola said the PSC supports establishing the merit-based AAA scholarship, if it is created together with a need-based financial aid initiative. They argued both types of financial aid are needed because “the AAA scholarship will not help part-time CUNY students, nor will it provide enough aid to undocumented students or working poor independent students so that they can study full-time and progress to graduation. And the large number of students who enter CUNY with remedial needs won’t [qualify for a merit-based scholarship.] Read the testimony. Watch a video of the hearing.

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PSC Resolutions Bound for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The PSC Delegate Assembly passed seven resolutions at the May meeting that are destined to be voted on at the AFT’s national convention in July. If endorsed by the majority of AFT delegates, the resolutions will become the official positions (or policies) of the nation-wide union.

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During the fall 2014 semester, teaching adjuncts will be paid on 8 successive adjunct pay dates.

SENIOR COLLEGES
September 18, 2014
October 2, 2014
October 16, 2014
October 30, 2014
November 13, 2014
November 26, 2014 (11/27/14 is a holiday)
December 11, 2014
December 24, 2014 (12/25/14 is a holiday)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES*
September 12, 2014
September 26, 2014
October 10, 2014
October 24, 2014
November 7, 2014
November 21, 2014
December 5, 2014
December 19, 2014

*The above dates do not apply to Kingsborough CC, LaGuardia CC and Guttman CC, which operate on a different academic calendar.

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