Monday, October 1, 2018

PSC Rallies for a New Contract!!!!

In between teaching and obsessing about the Kavanaugh hearings, on Thursday I joined a few hundred of my comrades in 
the professional staff congress for a rally for a new contact. 
Its took us seven years to win our last contract. 
And its been almost a year since our contract expired. 
Our rally began on at the Stock Exchange, ending at the investment banking firm of CUNY Board chairperson William Thompson. We marched to the finance firm Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C., where Thompson is Chief Administrative Officer, delivering the collective message: It’s time for the CUNY trustees, led by Thompson, to demand public funding for a fair contract for the PSC. 
As we arrived at 100 Wall Street around 5:00, finance workers were pouring out of their offices.
Friends were everywhere, solidarity expanding as far as the eye could see. 
I thought about our work and efforts to find something better. 
This is the sight where Bartelby famously posed the point,
"I'd prefer not to."  
We're not saying that. 
We're saying we're here to work, to teach, to train the workforce,
and fight the dumbing down of America, one class at a time. 
There was Bill fighting for healthcare, Barbara leading the crowd in chants, 
and people from campuses all over New York. In dark times, 
they are a reminder that we can do great things together.
Walking down to Wall Street, I recalled all those old Occupy Wall Street actions from years ago. 
Its lovely just be with each other fighting together. 

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