GSEU Arrested at Capitol
Already this month, members of the Graduate Student Employees Union have been especially active in demonstrations for student and worker's rights. On March 5, members from across the state convened in Albany for New York Student Rising's mass action in the New York State Capitol Building. Over four hundred CUNY and SUNY students came together to demand that the State of New York repeals NYSUNY2020, implements a tuition freeze and fully restores and expands state funding to CUNY and SUNY, TAP, and EOP. More than simple lobbying, the day included a senate disruption, confrontations at the office of Senator Tom Libous and John DeFrancisco and concluded with in a sit-in in front of the governor's office. When Cuomo refused to address the students assembled outside of his door, thirty-three students took arrests to dramatize our elected representatives' callous indifference to the demands of the students. Many GSEU members were among those arrested, including the Albany chief steward and Binghamton business agent. On March 7, a smaller group of GSEU members from Binghamton joined up with Central New York Labor Federation for a counter-demonstration against Unshackle Upstate which is a reactionary anti-labor group that briefs business leaders and politicians on how to roll back the victories of the labor movement. On March 7, Unshackle Upstate came to Broome County Community College to advocate for pension reform. Central New York Labor Federation and GSEU countered Unshackle Upstate with their own teach-in on alternative budget priorities in New York State and rallied outside during their closed-door meeting.