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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2011

STATEMENT FROM UUP PRESIDENT PHILLIP H. SMITH ON CAMPUS ALLIANCE NETWORKS

“UUP recognizes this plan is in its early stages. While we are in favor of initiatives that expand academic resources and student access to SUNY in an efficient manner, any time we hear the word consolidation we are concerned that such consolidation might instead adversely affect students.

SUNY officials have assured us that they will keep UUP informed as they develop their plans. UUP looks forward to working with SUNY to make sure that the needs of students and our members are taken into consideration as this project proceeds.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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