Petitioning Burton Sacks and 1 other

Re-Hire Marisa Holmes at CUNY TV

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Marisa Holmes began working at CUNY TV as an hourly Broadcast Associate in the Fall of 2013. She works a regular 32 hour a week shift, which falls just below the full-time mark, and is considered part-time. Her work consists of producing, shooting, and editing video content for television and web distribution with a focus on ethnic and immigrant communities in NYC. 

As a Broadcast Associate Holmes is represented by DC 37, and has been an active union member, and organizer. She helped members to address budget transparency, hour reductions, benefits, and diversity in hiring practices and promotions. Through her organizing efforts dozens of workers received increases to their base pay, changes of title, expansion of benefits, and support for pay equity. She also built cross-union ties between DC 37 and PSC in the process. DC 37 was so impressed by her efforts that they featured her on the cover of the public employee press, and bragged about CUNY organizing.

On the morning of Monday, June 26th, Marisa Holmes received an email from Frances Correa at CUNY Central Office with a letter attached from Sonia S. Pearson, Director of Human Resources, which informed Holmes that her appointment as hourly Broadcast Associate would end on June 30th. DC 37 was not notified. She was not given 30 days notice or cause for her termination.

This action by HR is in clear violation of her contract, and retaliation for her organizing efforts. If this move is tolerated It sets a precedent for how CUNY manages those who speak out.

We must not allow this silencing of dissent! We support Marisa Holmes remaining as Broadcast Associate at CUNY TV!

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  • Burton Sacks
  • Sonia Pearson

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