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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Union members rally on Wednesday, Aug. 8 to stop imminent job cuts at SUNY Downstate Medical


Wednesday (August 8) between 12 noon and 2 p.m., hundreds of members of United University Professions, the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation will rally outside the Downstate Medical Center's 470 Clarkson Avenue entrance in Brooklyn to save jobs and health care services at SUNY Downstate. The three unions represent nearly 5,000 workers at SUNY Downstate.

UUP, CSEA and PEF members will demonstrate to call for a stop to another round of expected job reductions that would drastically cut vital health care services and devastate Central Brooklyn's already fragile economy. Dozens of employees have already received layoff notices, and more workforce reductions are imminent.

The protestors will urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to stop any and all additional job cuts at SUNY Downstate.

UUP Downstate Chapter President and statewide Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud will lead the protest. CSEA Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett will attend and address the rally.

The demonstration begins at 12 noon Aug. 8 at the 470 Clarkson Ave. entrance to Downstate.

UUP represents 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 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.

PEF is the state's largest white collar union representing 54,000 members in professional, scientific and technical positions.

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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