CUNY union endorses de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio received the endorsement for his re-election of a prominent CUNY union Monday.
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A union representing 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election Monday, citing the administra­tion’s support for higher education.

The Professional Staff Congress also mentioned de Blasio’s push for universal pre-K and the expanded paid sick leave provisions throughout the city as reasons for the endorsement, according to PSC President Barbara Bowen.

“He has also, with less public attention, increased funding for the City University of New York,” Bowen said. “And in the weeks since the election of Donald Trump, he has reaffirmed New York’s status as a sanctuary city. As CUNY faculty and staff, we understand the vital role public higher education plays in combating income inequality, and we know that increased city funding for CUNY is making a difference.”

The PSC is affiliated with New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers, and is part of the New York City Central Labor Council and is affiliated with the Working Families Party. The organization pointed to de Blasio’s funding of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs initiative, which will serve 25,000 students.

De Blasio faces re-election in November, and several candidates have announced they plan to challenge him, both in the Democratic primary and in the general election.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, February 5, 2017
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mandingonyc from Queens says:
Of course CUNY will endorse the incapable slob. That org is as twisted, corrupt, and polluted as he is. Sewage seeks itself out like radar and always finds it.
Feb. 5, 2017, 5:23 am
they are commies who cares from Queens says:
what do you expect
Feb. 6, 2017, 4:26 pm
Joel Kuszai from Woodhaven says:
I'm a faculty member of the PSC at CUNY and I think this was the right move. I have my concerns about the Mayor, but he's had the right idea on many matters and as of yet I've not heard of any competitive challengers to him who would be preferable. Indeed, some whose names have been circulated would be disastrous and so showing support for the Mayor now makes sense to me. I personally have appreciated de Blasio's strong words on resisting the illegal actions and mean-spirited rhetoric of our sketchy president.
Feb. 10, 2017, 4:16 am
Usual PSC crap from Manhattan says:
I'll get it out of the way. I'm a CUNY employee and member of the PSC.

Besides the fact that unions are NOT for highly-skilled management employees - let alone TENURED faculty - mine is really just a "let's play at working man" bit of lefty nonsense. Moreover, it's even lousy for its membership, as demonstrated by this absurd endorsement. De Blasio has been HORRIBLE for CUNY, consistently out-manuevured by the governor. But, alas, his politics are oh so, lefty... all that matters... his bungling of CUNY's precarious situation irrelevant. Bowen is a fraud and the PSC is an embarrassment.
Feb. 17, 2017, 4:27 pm

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