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PSC President Bowen Among 17 Union Members Jailed for Protest

Posted 12/17/18

Seventeen members of the Professional Staff Congress, including union president Barbara Bowen, blockaded the entrance to Baruch College and were arrested Dec. 10 as part of their fight for a fair contract and to push the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees to demand the funding the cash-strapped university system needs from the state.

The union, which represents 30,000 CUNY employees, has not received an economic offer despite its contract expiring in November 2017. It has been campaigning for months to get the trustees, who were predominantly appointed by Governor Cuomo, to fight for the funding from the state that CUNY needs to maintain its deteriorating campuses and academic offerings and to support adjunct pay being doubled to $7,000 per course.

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