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    After Government Shutdown, Cuomo Delays Payments for CUNY/SUNY Students

    On Dec. 22, 2018, the United States federal government entered a shutdown period that lasted until Jan. 25, 2019, running slightly longer than a month. During that time, all “non-essential” government personnel were forced to work without pay, if they chose to work during this time at all. For some college students, this state of affairs spelled trouble for their ability to continue funding their studies. The shutdown affected various factors of students’ abilities to pay their tuition. Some students are dependents of government employees, who could not continue providing financial support with their main source of income cut off; of course, this applied to any students working for the…

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    PSC meeting details upcoming actions

    The Professional Staff Congress held a mass meeting Nov. 19 at The Cooper Union about current contract negotiations and its plans for the next few months. CUNY professors and staff are working without a contract since 2010. The PSC, which represents more than 25,000 members, is negotiating with CUNY to obtain one. Over the past 18 months, the union and management held 23 collective bargaining sessions with CUNY. In recent months, however, the union increased pressure against CUNY by planning a strike authorization vote and demonstrating in front of the university’s central office on Nov. 4, where 53 members were arrested. Michael Fabricant, first vice president of the PSC, explained…