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Standing Tall for Public Higher Education

uupdate 2-26-15

In the most important day of the year for public higher education in New York, UUP members turned out in force for Higher Education Advocacy Day to push back against an unprecedented threat: A governor who wants to hijack public higher education funding and the democratic process and public debate that help set that funding in the first place.

“Andrew Cuomo has attacked all of public higher education,” said UUP President Fred Kowal, as higher education leaders and members prepared for a day of meetings with lawmakers Feb. 26 in Albany. “I don’t like to use marshal terms, but we are in a war – a war against the work that we do. We defend the good and the right. The times we face and the challenges we face demand that we be bold.”

UUP leaders spent the day telling lawmakers that this year’s advocacy is not just about asking for deserved funds to be restored to SUNY; it’s about pointing out that the governor – as stated in the new UUP television and print ad campaign –is just plain wrong.

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Class Warfare in Academe

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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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New Paltz Faculty and Students Protest During Campus Visit by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

Student activists, union organizers, confront SUNY chancellor in New Paltz
Mid-Hudson News

NEW PALTZ – SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was confronted with tough questions about faculty wages and racial relations, during a visit Thursday afternoon to the campus of New Paltz College.

Organizers from United University Professions – joined by student activists – politely crashed the faculty meeting where Zimpher was speaking, demanding justice with ongoing contract negotiations.

Dozens of protesters holding placards in back demanded a raise in adjunct salaries from an average $3,000 to $5,000 per class taught. There is no minimum per class compensation for adjuncts in New York.

Find out more here: http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2013/May/10/Zimpher_SNP-10May13.html

Retired SUNY New Paltz German Professor Peter Brown (left) and administrator Richard Kelder (right) stand outside and protest with fellow faculty members and students infront of the room before a faculty meeting was held. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher took time to answer questions during the meeting at the SUNY New Paltz campus in New Paltz on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Photo By: Kelly Marsh for the Times Herald-Record

Photo By: Kelly Marsh for the Times Herald-Record

Faculty pay puts SUNY leader on the spot
By Jeremiah Horrigan
Times Herald-Record

NEW PALTZ — As college protests go, this one was pretty polite — by design.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was scheduled to address the faculty Thursday morning, and some of the faculty were intent on addressing her with questions about pay levels for adjuncts and contingent teachers.

When it was all over, protest organizer and union chapter President Peter Brown declared the protest a success on one hand and a surprise on the other.

“We got the message across that adjuncts and contingent faculty are the lowest-paid people on campus, despite their keeping the educational enterprise going.”

Find more here: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130510/NEWS/305100369

Higher Education Panel: Challenges Facing Students, Labor, and the Public Education System

This NYPIRG-hosted event focuses on the close interaction between student and labor needs in the public education system.

The panel will examine some of the most pressing issues facing students, explore the connection between labor and education, and empower students to take action. With its dynamic student and faculty panel, featuring Brian Obach, Chair of the Sociology Department, and Peter D.G. Brown, UUP Chapter President, the discussion will raise awareness of the close interaction between student and labor needs, enabling students to assume greater responsibility for their quality higher education.