Students, Professors Rally at the College of Staten Island

Some students and teachers at the College of Staten Island's say they are fed up and plan to take action.

Protesting CSI teachers say they've been working without contracts for six years and as a result havent seen a pay increase in far too long.

Meanwhile, students say they're tired that the CUNY School's tuition keeps going up. 

"When we are being attacked as we are by having no contract, then our students are being attacked because until we get competitive salaries again, until we get the kids of conditions we need in the classroom, our students will suffer," said CUNY Professor Barbara Bowen. 

"I'm miserable about that, it keeps going up and we're not getting anything more, there's things on campus that need to be improved," said student Danielle Yhap.

The teacher's union says its members are considering a strike if their demands aren't met.

A spokeperson for CSI responded to the protest saying, "The College of Staten Island strongly supports CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and the University’s administration in working to obtain a fair contract with faculty and staff. Ensuring the success of our students is a top priority. Seventy-six percent of our students graduate debt-free, and 60% attend with full financial aid packages, making their tuition at no cost to them."

 

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