NEW PALTZ — The president of SUNY New Paltz’s teachers union has charged that SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian’s appointment to Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s board of directors constitutes “a serious conflict of interest.”
Peter Brown, president of the local chapter of the 900-member University United Professions union also criticized Christian for refusing to say how much money the Central Hudson position represents.
“It’s clearly a conflict of interest, serving on a privately owned utility’s board whose only interest is in maximizing profits while also being president of a public institution which needs to minimize its energy consumption.”
That energy bill, Brown said, amounts to roughly $2 million a year.
Read more of Jeremiah Horrigan’s article in the Times Herald-Record here:
Peter D.G. Brown (center with cap) at Marist College rally
New Paltz UUP Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown spoke at a rally April 9th in support of SEIU’s efforts to unionize adjuncts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Marist is a private institution, dedicated to Catholic values, that costs $50,000 a year to attend. Its President, Dennis Murray, made over $2.6 million in 2011. Most of the courses are taught by adjuncts starting at $2,400 per course—less than one-thousandth of Murray’s salary. MORE
PBS NewsHour story, broadcast nationally on February 6, focuses on the plight of low-paid adjuncts. Includes interview with New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown, Watch now: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#62335
Essay by Peter D.G. Brown
Class warfare in the academy is unlikely to end any time soon. Meanwhile, we urgently need to connect the dots, to stop underfunding and privatizing public higher education. At the same time, we need to put an end to wasteful spending and overly generous perks that top administrators dole out to themselves. Saddling our students with backbreaking tuition loan debt is simply unsustainable. They, their parents, taxpayers and legislators deserve to know where their hard-earned tuition and tax dollars are going. The quality of their education and thus the future of our country depend on providing a living wage, job security and benefits to those actually teaching in our classrooms.
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, Higher Education
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, Peter D.G. Brown
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