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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

UUP president to testify on SUNY Downstate sustainability plan


WHO: UUP President Frederick E. Kowal

WHAT: New York State Senate hearing on the SUNY Downstate sustainability plan

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Albany, Hearing Room A

Frederick E. Kowal, president of United University Professions (UUP), will testify about the State University of New York’s sustainability plan for SUNY Downstate Medical Center at a public hearing Tuesday, June 4 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The hearing begins at 10 a.m.

Kowal will warn that the plan, which includes downsizing University Hospital of Brooklyn at Downstate, would harshly impact health care, the economy and medical education in Brooklyn. He will detail UUP’s opposition to any moves to downsize or privatize the facility.

UUP Downstate Chapter President Rowena Blackman-Stroud will also present testimony regarding the adverse effects any downsizing or closing of University Hospital would have on the future of Downstate’s medical school.

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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