Two hundred Professional Staff Congress members protested at the City University of New York Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College on Sept. 30. A number of faculty and staff went inside the meeting, while others, plus some students, held a picket line outside.
The protest made it clear that the union is not going to accept an austerity contract for its members or an austerity education for CUNY students. What the union wants from the board is a fair contract, quality education for CUNY students and a reevaluation of the board’s Pathway proposal, which will diminish the quality of CUNY education.
The six students from the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY who were arrested by police on Sept. 17 came to the rally in solidarity with the union. They spoke about their case, in which police physically assaulted them at a demonstration against war criminal Gen. David Petraeus teaching at CUNY’s honors college. Union leaders repeated the union’s defense of the right of peaceful protest at CUNY without fear of police violence. n