DC 37 Delivers Thousands of Signatures to Gov. Cuomo Calling for Full CUNY Funding

DC 37 elected leaders representing 10,000 members employed by City University of New York (CUNY) delivered a petition of more than 5,000 signatures to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore state funding of CUNY in the final state budget and to support negotiations for a fair contract with CUNY workers. From left to right are DC 37 Local 768 President Fitz Reid, Local 924 President Kyle Simmons, Local 1597 President Eric Latson, Local 1407 President Maf Misbah Uddin, Local 2054 President Dishunta Meredith and Local 2627 Robert Ajaye. Photo by Mike Lee

DC 37 elected leaders representing members employed by City University of New York (CUNY) delivered a petition of more than 5,000 signatures to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore state funding of CUNY in the final state budget and to support negotiations for a fair contract with CUNY workers. From left to right are DC 37 Local 768 President Fitz Reid, Local 924 President Kyle Simmons, Local 1597 President Eric Latson, Local 1407 President Maf Misbah Uddin, Local 2054 President Dishunta Meredith and Local 2627 Robert Ajaye. Photo by Mike Lee

As state budget negotiations continue in Albany, District Council 37 leaders and activists today delivered to Gov. Cuomo’s New York City office the names of more than 5,000 City University supporters who have signed a petition urging state lawmakers to fully fund CUNY.

The Governor’s January budget proposal called for shifting $485 million from the state to the city in funding obligations.

“These signatures demonstrate the strong sentiment among New Yorkers to fully fund CUNY,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “For thousands of New Yorkers, CUNY’s quality, affordable higher education provides a path to upward mobility.

Union officials also applauded a New York City Council resolution passed Tuesday, March 22nd which “calls upon the Governor and the State Legislature to increase State funding to the City University of New York and to reach a fair labor agreement with the University’s faculty and staff in the 2016-17 New York State Executive Budget.”

“We are grateful for the support of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Committee on Higher Education Chair Inez Barron and all the members of the City Council for supporting this vital struggle,” Garrido said.

The State Legislature has to pass the FY’ 2017 budget by April 1.

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