Vol. 14, No. 2 January
(SPECIAL PSC ELECTION ISSUE NO.
GIVE US A BREAK, RICHARD!
Whose union is this anyway?
"Do not dispute anymore or
grieve for the death of this lewd traitor. I myself will be your King,
I will be your captain and leader. Follow me to the field and you shall
have everything you desire."
RICHARD II (1365-99): King of England.
To the rebels at Smithfield after the death of Wat Tyler, 15, June
Alan and Veronica Palmer, Quotations in History. Sussex, England:
Harvester Press, 1976, p. 197.
"Do not debate anymore or feel
sorrow for Polishook's unceremonious departure from the PSC; nor should
you ask me who I am or who are the candidates on my slate. I myself
will be your President, I will be your captain and leader. Vote for
me and you will have everything you desire."
RICHARD BORIS, First V.P. of the PSC
Remarks allegedly made by Boris after Irwin Polishook's announcement
of not seeking PSC reelection, December 1999
The recently distributed one-page, black-and-green bordered flyer announcing
in bold letters, the top four candidates of the Unity Caucus appears
to suggest Richard's dicta as expressed in the above statement. For
The flyer fails
to indicate that two of the four candidates are non-teaching members
of the instructional staff. Why Richard would give two of the four
top spots to non-teaching members of the instructional staff (Secretary
for Ruth Frisz, Student Counselor and Treasurer for Carlos Hargraves,
HEO) of a union which is primarily established for the teaching
faculty is beyond our comprehension. Furthermore, if Richard wants
to win this election, he ought to know that the largest voting block
is that of the teaching faculty and that he ought not to insult
and offend the teaching faculty by ignoring their rightful representation
on the top spots of the slate. This is particularly true in light
of the fact that HEOs have their own cross-campus Chapter and the
union has provided a Vice- President for that Chapter. We believe
that the members of the teaching faculty must confront Richard by
asking him "Whose union is this anyway?"
The flyer fails
to indicate institutional affiliations of the candidates on Richard's
slate. Why? Is it because Richard does not want members of the teaching
faculty from the large senior colleges to know that three out of
four candidates including himself, (Richard Boris from York, Jo-Ann
Graham from Bronx C. C. and Carlos Hargraves from Hostos) running
on the top spots of his slate come from the smallest of the smallest
units of CUNY? Ruth Frisz does come from Queens College. However,
she is a counselor and her track record on behalf of the Unity Caucus
is zero. Queens College has been controlled by the New Caucus for
the last several years, and we have been told that in the recent
Spring 1999 Chapter election Ruth did not even attempt to put a
slate together, thus handing the New Caucus a total victory. So,
my fellow members of the teaching faculty of Brooklyn, Hunter, City,
Baruch and Lehman, in spite of your huge voting power you are being
ignored. You have a right to be apprehensive about how your interests
will be protected by these individuals from small colleges on Richard's
slate. Also, my fellow members of the instructional staff from York,
Bronx and Hostos, you have a right to feel insulted and offended
by Richard because of his failure to identify the affiliations of
his slate members to your colleges. I believe that Richard feels
embarrassed and ashamed that the members of his slate are affiliated
with your colleges.
The flyer also fails
to identify the rank and job functions of the slate's candidates.
We wonder if this is because Richard is just an Associate Professor
who was promoted recently to that rank after twenty some years as
Assistant Professor at York. Or, is it because Carlos Hargraves,
a HEO, is assistant to Hostos College President for Governmental
and External Affairs and that may rightfully raise conflict of interest
questions for his being one of the top four officers of the union.
The flyer is silent
as well on the union experience of the slate's candidates. One would
expect that when someone seeks the union office he/she will prominently
display his or her union experience. But not Richard and his slate.
We believe that we know why. To many people's surprise and dissatisfaction,
Richard came from nowhere in 1995 as First Vice President. His tenure
as First Vice President has been rated by many as poor or mediocre,
if not a total disaster. Some people even tried to seek his resignation
as First V.P. Jo-Ann, Ruth, and Carlos each have only two years
on the Central PSC's Executive Committee. The total experience of
all four officers put together is no more than ten years. How can
one expect Richard to be able to convince the membership that the
people on his slate have the best experience to lead this union
and negotiate our next contract?
The flyer directs us to a mysterious addresss
in a town far away in upstate New York. Is this where Richard has his weekend home? Are we to understand that Richard, if elected, is going to conduct PSC business from his weekend home in upstate New York, if not from his apartment in Paris, his other hideout?
SHOULD WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT
RICHARD WILL GIVE US A BREAK
AND TELL US SOME TRUTH, IF NOT ALL THE
A QUIZ, therefore
is in order:
Where did Richard Boris celebrate the dawning of the millennium?
A) At the dazzling spectacle of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
B) At the glittering Times Square bash in New York City
C) At the serene weekend home in upstate New York
D) At the The PSC office with the wishful stare at the empty chair of
PSC President Irwin Polishook.
For correct answer, ask Boris when he comes on your campus.
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Sharad Karkhanis, Ph.D., Editor:
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11235 (718-368-5149)
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