Will Cuts Affect the Community Colleges?

Last week, CSCU was asked to submit to the Office of Policy & Management reduction options for a 10% cut, which painted a very bleak picture for the Community Colleges. You can read all about it in the following article: A 10 percent cut to state colleges would be “devastating” (CT Mirror).
Please keep in mind that these are not recommended cuts, nor are they being implemented. At this point, they are simply worst case scenarios. The Community Colleges will likely not be immune from any and all budget cuts or rescissions, but it would more likely be a mix of cuts and savings.
We will continue to keep you informed, but one event to keep in mind is a January 26th Higher Education Day of Action. The 4Cs, CSU-AAUP, and UConn-AAUP will be encouraging students, faculty, and staff to speak out on higher education issues at the Capitol. This will be an excellent opportunity for all to make their voices heard to the decision makers.

November 29th Actions
Low wage workers, including adjunct faculty and graduate students, are joining with child care, airport, and fast food workers to protest on November 29.
Locally, we will be standing up for living wage jobs, racial justice, and affordable child care with the following actions in Hartford:
  • 6:00am: Strike with Fast Food Workers at McDonald’s, 214 Prospect Avenue
  • 3:30pm: Rally for Care for Kids at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue
  • 5:00pm: Massive Fight for $15 Action at McDonald’s, 172 Washington Street
Join us!! RSVP or acquire more information by emailing kvnburgos1@gmail.com.
Read more about the actions planned across the country here, including the following quote from a graduate student about why he’s planning to participate in this day of action:
Scott Barish, a research and teaching assistant in the biology department at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, said that although he led class discussions, mentored students and helped write grant proposals, his pay didn’t match his duties.
“When I started working at Duke, I was shocked to see that graduate assistants like me were treated as though our work was not valuable,” Barish told callers.
“We’re not paid enough to meet the rising cost of living, which is why many grad assistants are fighting for unions. so together we can have more power to speak out and create a better work environment. On Nov. 29, we will be out in the streets . . . for higher pay, union rights and respect for all Americans,” Barish said.

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