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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 6, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

UUP president, Downstate Medical Center doctor to testify on the Brooklyn health care crisis


WHO: UUP President Phillip H. Smith and Downstate physician Karen Benker

WHAT: New York State Assembly hearing on “The Brooklyn Health Care Crisis”

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn



Phillip H. Smith, president of United University Professions (UUP), will testify about the Brooklyn health care crisis at a public hearing Friday, Feb. 8 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m.

Joining Smith will be Karen Benker, M.D., an associate professor at SUNY Downstate’s Department of Health Policy and Management. She also serves as associate dean for community public health affairs in Downstate’s School of Public Health. Both will speak out against any more cutbacks in health services and jobs at SUNY Downstate and University Hospital. They will also oppose any moves to close or privatize the facilities. UUP represents nearly 3,100 workers at SUNY Downstate. About 400 UUP members at Downstate have already received termination notices.

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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