The NCCFT Executive Committee wants to welcome Dr. Faren Siminoff as Secretary of the NCCFT. Dr. Siminoff has hit the ground running and we look forward to strengthening our team with the expertise and energy she brings to the union. We want to thank Prof. Richard Newman for coming forward to run for this position [...]
Posts belonging to Category Monday Morning Music
Pastor Martin Niemoller’s poem should serve as a summer reflection for all of us. We assure you that the NCCFT has not been silent regarding the elimination of the jobs of 66 full time faculty members on temporary appointments. Nor will we be silent over the summer. And we will need you to add your [...]
On Thursday, April 7, elementary, secondary and higher education faculty came together with health care workers and school related professionals for the NYSUT Representative Assembly. This is the yearly gathering where the 600,000 member state-wide union’s agenda is set for the coming year. It is also an opportunity for rousing speeches, sobering assessments, and joyful celebrations. This year was all the more joyful because one of our own was being celebrated. Frank Frisenda, the NCCFT Vice President for Classroom Faculty, and an Associate Professor in the Engineering, Physics, and Technology, was named NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year. Here is the video shown at the RA.
Frank’s acceptance speech was even better than the video, and we’ll share it with you as soon as NYSUT sends us a copy. Meanwhile, here is a photo of him at the podium:
Another bit of good news: When the RA concluded on Saturday, thousands of NYSUT members marched to Times Square to join the We Are One rally organized by the New York State AFL-CIO. The rally stretched from 43rd Street all the way down to Penn Station. Labor leaders from unions like the Teamsters, the Sheet Metal Workers, the Theatrical Stage Employees, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers joined those from PSC-CUNY, UUP (SUNY), and NYSUT to address the crowd. The message was clear. We are united in defense of the right to collective bargaining, and to the expansion of the middle class. We are opposed to the growing gap between the rich and everybody else. We are strong enough to take the nation back. Here’s a short slideshow from the rally:
Elizabeth ran into Stephanie Sapiie and Ed Boyden, from the History, Geography and Political Science department at the rally. Were you there too? Send your photos to us at email@example.com and we’ll post them here. And remember, if you want to be entered in our Visibility Campaign raffle, you have until today at 5pm to [...]
Preface: Respect, disregard, and unnecessary ill will
Imagine that you have been a member of the faculty of NCC for 25 years. You retire with the title of Professor Emeritus and you wish to remain actively involved with the life of the campus. You attend events, you participate in online discussions, and you share information with [...]
The focus of this year’s Sexual Harassment Awareness Days is bullying. The NCCFT is proud of the work done by the Sexual Harassment Education subcommittee of the Academic Senate’s Affirmative Action committee in putting together three fabulous programs. These events are free and open to the public.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT AWARENESS DAYS MARCH 29-30, 2011
Being Bullied [...]
Despite overwhelming public support for education funding, Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget will reduce state aid to Nassau Community College by 10%. The New York Times notes that it is apparently easier to make painful cuts to the middle and working classes than to extend relatively painless tax surcharges on the wealthy.
These budget cuts are not [...]
The NCCFT has many progressive ideas to move this union forward and we will continue to do our best to unfold these initiatives in the months to follow. First things first, however. Once again, the state, county and college claim that we are in a financial crisis. Do not believe that assertion. We are [...]
Frank Frisenda, Vice President for Classroom Faculty, chose this week’s Monday Morning Music selection and wrote this post about the need for NCCFT members to pull together and keep NCC strong in the face of serious political and fiscal challenges.
What music motivates you to stand up and fight when things are tough? Let us [...]
As we anticipate a new administrative structure we can enjoy this creative video-take on David Bowie’s popular song, “Changes”.
If you prefer, here is a live version, filmed in Paris in 2002:
And because change is never simple, here is a song recommended by one of Elizabeth’s students during a Social Change class session focused on the [...]