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Process for Submitting Resolutions from the Membership at GC Chapter Meetings (amended and approved)

1. Members wishing to submit a resolution for discussion and voting at a chapter meeting shall
notify the Graduate Center chapter’s Executive Committee (GC-EC) by email
(lukeeliottnegri@gmail.com and anh.t.tran01@gmail.com) no later than three days before the
date of the chapter meeting, and attach a draft of the resolution and the contact person for the
resolution.

2. The EC will propose the agenda at the beginning of the chapter meeting, at which point
members can move to amend the agenda, including which/how many resolutions will be
discussed. The agenda will be changed upon majority vote.

3. Any PSC member who works at a PSC-GC campus and the GC affiliated campuses,
regardless of title, may propose and vote on a resolution.

4. Due to time constraints, the EC will place no more than 2 resolutions on the upcoming
chapter meeting agenda for discussion and voting on a first-come-first-served basis, unless
there is an urgent matter that must be prioritized. If an urgent issue impacting CUNY, the city,
the state, or the country, arises fewer than seven days before the chapter meeting, and a
member wishes to submit a resolution about that issue, the GC-EC shall be flexible as
possible about adapting the meeting agenda to include the resolution.

5. The GC-EC will post the draft resolution(s) on the PSC-GC website, and resolutions will be
linked to the chapter meeting email announcements.

6. The member(s) submitting the resolution shall bring hard copies of the resolution to the
meeting for all in attendance. If member(s) do not have access to printing, please contact
someone on the EC for help.

7. Discussion and voting on the resolution(s) will ideally be facilitated by someone who can
impartially facilitate the entire process from start to finish. The facilitator will not speak for or
against the resolution.

8. Resolutions will pass upon majority vote. Vote shall be conducted within the state meeting
time.

9. If the chapter meeting does not reach quorum, the resolution should be edited to replace
all instances of “the GC chapter” with “members of the chapter assembled” at that particular
meeting, and the edited resolution will still be discussed and voted upon.

10. Chapter members, chapter committees, and the chapter Executive Committee will work to
improve this process as needed.

11. Resolutions passed by members present at the chapter meeting which would affect PSC membership outside of the Graduate Center chapter will be introduced by the Graduate Center EC to the larger PSC-CUNY-wide Delegate Assembly

September 15th EC Meeting Minutes

Minutes from chapter’s Executive Committee Meeting – 9/15/17

  • Recap one-stop & GA ballot tabling – 5 min
    • Strong showing & results indicate need to prioritize GA issues like never before
    • Even new students are aware that adjunctification is a top issue
  • Other contract campaign updates & steps forward – 25 min
    • All advisory groups have condensed a set of demands → Barbara Bowen & bargaining team will review & propose final list for EC then DA to vote on
    • This bargaining process is more constrained on time than last one because last team had 2 years to refine demands
    • Per EC timeline, we’d reach out to CUNY mgmt to start negotiations exactly when contract expires
    • Reportbacks from BT? At each meeting, the BT determines what info can be reported on → will affect how much Luke can share with GA membership at monthly accountability “forums”
    • Shouldn’t PSC be thinking strategies DURING process of constituting demands rather than waiting to strategize after demands are finalized?
  • Chapter communications – 5 min
    • Need website content! Submit tabling results, events, pictures, reportbacks
    • Everyone needs to share events with ALL your PSC friends
    • Digital signage campaign to introduce delegates, “did you know” to raise profile of the PSC, success stories PLUS advertise upcoming meetings
      • EC members need to submit headshot (in front of recognizable spots around bldg) & quote to Nina
    • Remember to submit reimbursement forms!
    • Remember to send digital announcements to affiliate campuses!
    • Come up with a fancy button related to demands (one specific to GAs?)
    • Start using adjunct infographic
  • Committees update – 5 min
    • Please read the minutes from the last stewards mtg on your own time
    • Committees can ask for any money as necessary & apply for DSC funds
    • HEO steering committee has met, is tabling regularly & focusing on recommitment cards, will visit ASRC to get sign-ups
  • MOE & legislative work – 20 min
    • For discussion, please read Rosa’s proposal for campaigning around CUNY funding
    • Political context unfavorable to unions so NYS constitutional convention is dangerous at this moment
      • Delegates chosen by senate districts, which over-represents upstate & favors GOP
      • Right wing & corp interests are well prepared for convention
      • Messaging from labor has flawed framing as “this is bad for unions” rather than “bad for you specifically”
      • Cuomo won’t sign MOE → must draw attention to his continued disinvestment in CUNY & Excelsior Scholarship
      • At risk: Adirondack Reserve, pensions
      • Constitution can be amended w/o convention
    • Should be introduced at chapter meeting (what is MOE & how to get involved)
    • Look for release of MOE teaching toolkit
    • DSA hosting debate on constitutional convention
    • Big push last year for MOE that Cuomo also didn’t sign → how to make this year different? Legislative committee developing more outward-facing campaign w/ bad press on Cuomo & students; Cuomo has pretended to care about higher ed so can be attacked for hypocrisy
    • MOE passing will save CUNY money that can be rolled into contract w/ PSC
    • Call MOE by a different name (ex. Cuomo Fund CUNY)
  • Chapter meeting prep – 20 min
    • Next chapter meeting will be about strategies after BT finalizes demands
    • Barbara Bowen requested to come speak about the contract, Luke will confirm that this is still the case
  • Labor management prep – 10 min – Marc
    • Items will be presented at chapter meeting for feedback

Process for Submitting Resolutions from the Membership at GC Chapter Meetings

Edit: This is the text of the original proposal. For the amended and approved (at the September 19th chapter meeting) version you can click here.

1. Members wishing to submit a resolution for discussion and voting at a chapter meeting shall
notify the Graduate Center chapter’s Executive Committee (GC-EC) by email
(lukeeliottnegri@gmail.com and anh.t.tran01@gmail.com) no later than seven days before the
date of the chapter meeting, and attach a draft of the resolution and the contact person for the
resolution.

2. Any PSC member who works at a PSC-GC campus and the GC affiliated campuses,
regardless of title, may propose and vote on a resolution.

3. Resolutions which break city, state, and/or federal laws may be re-framed as advisory in
nature and submitted to the Delegate Assembly.

4. Due to time constraints, the EC will place no more than 2 resolutions on the upcoming
chapter meeting agenda for discussion and voting on a first-come-first-served basis, unless
there is an urgent matter that must be prioritized. If an urgent issue impacting CUNY, the city,
the state, or the country, arises fewer than seven days before the chapter meeting, and a
member wishes to submit a resolution about that issue, the GC-EC shall be flexible as
possible about adapting the meeting agenda to include the resolution.

5. The EC will propose the agenda at the beginning of the chapter meeting, at which point
members can move to amend the agenda, including which/how many resolutions will be
discussed. The agenda will be changed upon majority vote.

6. The GC-EC will post the draft resolution(s) on the PSC-GC website, and resolutions will be
linked to the chapter meeting email announcements.

7. The member(s) submitting the resolution shall bring hard copies of the resolution to the
meeting for all in attendance. If member(s) do not have access to printing, please contact
someone on the EC for help.

8. Discussion and voting on the resolution(s) will ideally be facilitated by someone who can
impartially facilitate the entire process from start to finish. The facilitator will not speak for or
against the resolution.

9. Resolutions will pass upon majority vote. Vote shall be conducted within the state meeting
time.

10. If the chapter meeting does not reach quorum, the resolution should be edited to replace
all instances of “the GC chapter” with “members of the chapter assembled” at that particular
meeting, and the edited resolution will still be discussed and voted upon.

11. Chapter members, chapter committees, and the chapter Executive Committee will work to
improve this process as needed.

September Chapter Meeting

Please RSVP to our first chapter meeting of the new school year on Tuesday, September 19th, 12:30pm in the Skylight room. You can let us know you’re attending on Facebook or by emailing Sam.

See you then!

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