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Academic Year 2015-2016


Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: June 9, 2016

Higher-ed advocates push for secure SUNY/CUNY funding

UUP President Fred Kowal stresses the urgency for the Legislature and governor to approve a new Maintenance of Effort. >>
Full story


The Wall Street Journal (New York City)
Date: May 31, 2016

SUNY Chancellor to Step Down

Frederick Kowal, president of United University Professions, said the new plan failed to fix what his union considers a flawed teacher-certification process and didn’t adequately address the lack of diversity among teachers. Despite those concerns, he credited the chancellor with bringing stability to the post. >>
Full story


Newsday (Melville, NY)
Date: May 31, 2016

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher announces she will leave in 2017

The United University Professions union, which includes SUNY faculty and staff, said Zimpher “brought a level of visibility and stability to the university,” although the union clashed with Zimpher on several issues, including a lack of transparency at the well-endowed SUNY Research Institute. >>
Full story


Politics on the Hudson, The Journal News (White Plains, NY)
Date: May 31, 2016

SUNY chancellor to leave next year

Frederick Kowal, the president of United University Professions, the union representing college workers, said he disagreed with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on a number of her initiatives, but said she was a strong advocate for the system. >>
Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: May 28, 2016

Zimpher must seek input from teacher educators

In a letter to the editor, United University Professions President Fred Kowal calls SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher "out of touch" for ignoring input from teacher educators for her new TeachNY report. >>
Full story


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: May 19, 2016

Karen Magee and Fred Kowal

UUP President Frederick Kowal and NYSUT President Karen Magee express their concerns with the SUNY and State Education Department’s TeachNY partnership. >>
Full interview audio


Capital Confidential, Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: May 18, 2016

NYSUT, UUP blast TeachNY report

The state Education Department and SUNY are out with their lengthy TeachNY report on how to improve recruitment and effectiveness of teachers in the state. But the two main unions that would be impacted, New York State United teachers, who work mostly in K-12 and their affiliate, United University Professions, who are in the State University of New York’s teaching colleges, are unhappy. >>
Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: May 18, 2016

Zimpher, Elia launch campaign to fight teacher shortage

United University Professions, a union representing SUNY employees, and New York State United Teachers, the union representing public school teachers, ripped the new partnership as a "top-down" prescription that fails to address the real challenges facing teachers. >>
Full story


WBFO radio (Buffalo, NY)
Date: May 18, 2016

Teacher shortage recommendations are 'flawed'

United University Professions President Frederick Kowal called the TeachNY report flawed, incomplete and said it failed to tap the experience of SUNY education professionals who teach and mentor future teachers across the state. >>
Full story


Newsday (Melville, NY)
Date: May 18, 2016

Top NY education officials push for teacher training reforms

UUP President Fred Kowal rip SUNY over flawed TeachNY report. >>
Full story


Politics on the Hudson blog, The Journal News (White Plains, NY)
Date: May 18, 2016

SUNY, state team up to add teachers; unions pan it

UUP and NYSUT are critical of SUNY's flawed TeachNY report. >> Full story
This article also appeared in the Democrat & Chroncle (Rochester, NY).


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: May 5, 2016

Fred Kowal: When It Comes To Native Americans, Be Historically Complete

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the necessity for educators to be "historically complete" when discussing Native Americans and the cultural genocide perpetrated against them by the U.S. and Canada through a repressive system of boarding schools from 1870 through 1960. >>
Audio with full text


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: April 29, 2016

Karen Magee: Public Higher Education Deserves A Brighter Spotlight

NYSUT President Karen Magee calls on the state to properly fund CUNY, SUNY, and the state's community colleges. >>
Audio with full text


Politico NY(Albany NY)
Date: April 20, 2016

Regents panel to review tough teacher certification system

UUP President Fred Kowal is encouraged by the Board of Regents' move to review New York's problem-plagued teacher certification requirements. >>
Full story


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: April 19, 2016

Fred Kowal: Funding SUNY hospitals

UUP President Fred Kowal stresses the vital medical and economic role of SUNY's teaching hospitals and the need for the state to provide required funding. >>
Audio with full text


Chief-Leader(New York, NY)
Date: April 8, 2016

State school funding rises, but budget is disappointing

UUP President Fred Kowal said the final 2016-17 state budget is a mixed bag for the union. >>
Full story


Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
Date: March 30, 2016

Lawmakers balk at renewing SUNY tuition hike program

UUP President Fred Kowal says the SUNY 2020 program has led to students paying two-thirds of SUNY's operating costs. >>
Full story

This story also appeared in the Times-Herald Record (Middletown), Daily Freeman (Kingston), Post-Star (Glens Falls), Washington Times, Miami Herald, and The State (Columbia, SC).


Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: March 30, 2016

Supreme Court hands unions a major victory

UUP President Fred Kowal hails the Supreme Court's refusal to reverse the authority of public-sector unions to collect dues from non-members. >>
Full story


Times-Herald Record (Middletown, NY)
Date: March 23, 2016

Don't blame SUNY staff for cost of education

In a letter to the editor, UUP President Fred Kowal strongly disputes the newspaper’s assertion that UUP is responsible for the increased cost of a SUNY education. >>
Full story


WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: March 15, 2016

Fred Kowal: RETA

Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal urging adoption of Recruiting and Educating Teachers for All, UUP's proposal that would bring more diversity to New York's teaching ranks. >>
Audio with full text


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 13, 2016

Editorial: Stop the SUNY bleeding

A Times Union editorial calls for the state to budget a substantial increase in higher education aid before it considers renewing the NYSUNY 2020 rational tuition plan. >>
Full story


Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
Date: Feb. 27, 2016

SUNY faces fight over more tuition hikes

At a rally attended by hundreds of SUNY and CUNY students, UUP President Fred Kowal expresses hope that a true Maintenance of Effort will be part of the 2016-17 state budget.
This article also appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton). >>
Full story


Public News Service (New York, NY)
Date: Feb. 26, 2016

Educators to Albany: It's time to invest in higher education

UUP President Fred Kowal urges establishment of a SUNY endowment and calls on lawmakers to approve a genuine Maintenance of Effort bill, as he speaks to about SUNY and CUNY students at an Albany rally. >>
Full story


WNYT-TV (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 17, 2016

Supreme Court possible impact with 8 justices on Capital Region unions

UUP President Fred Kowal believes the U.S. Supreme Court will deliver a split decision on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, but adds the fight to protect unions isn't over. >>
5:30 p.m. report - full story

6 p.m. report - full story


WROC-TV (Rochester, NY)
Date: Feb. 12, 2016

Adjunct professions within the SUNY system speaking out

UUP President Fred Kowal says adjunct faculty deserve better pay. >>
Full story


Politico NY(Albany NY)
Date: Feb. 10, 2016

SUNY has 'way too many associate provosts and the like'

UUP President Fred Kowal says SUNY is being weighed down financially by a proliferation of high-salaried administrators. >>
Full story


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: Feb. 10, 2016

Kowal: Concerned about SUNY administrative bloat; need for more full-time faculty

UUP President Fred Kowal says SUNY's administrative ranks have proliferated, taxing resources that could better be utilized in the classroom. >>
Full interview audio


>WRVO-FM(Oswego, NY)
Date: Feb. 8, 2016

Cuomo asks SUNY, CUNY to rein in six-figure administrative salaries

UUP President Fred Kowal agrees with the governor's concern over administrative pay, saying the focus should be on providing resources in the classroom. >>
Full story


>Huffington Post(New York, NY)
Date: Feb. 4, 2016

Pearson rips off students with tests designed for failure

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler says Pearson has no motivation to fix their flawed teacher education exams, since they profit each time a student fails and needs to retake them. >>
Full story


>Diane Ravitch's blog
Date: Feb. 2, 2016

New York: How Pearson Rips Off Teacher Candidates

UUP VPA Jamie Dangler explains the difficulties in obtaining a nearly clean copy of SED's teacher certification exam contract with Pearson, Inc. >>
Full story


>Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: Jan. 15, 2016

Cuomo boosts SUNY minimum hourly wage to $15

UUP President Fred Kowal hopes the governor's action will prompt moves to raise the salaries of SUNY adjuncts. >>
Full story


The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Jan. 15, 2016

Reporter's notebook (UUP adjuncts ad)

UUP Oneonta adjunct member Rebekah Tolley is featured in a statewide UUP TV ad raising awareness of poverty-level salaries of SUNY adjuncts. >>
Full story


Cortland Standard (Cortland, NY)
Date: Jan. 12, 2016

Pay boost sought for SUNY adjuncts

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler details how SUNY adjunct faculty are grossly underpaid, as the union airs a TV spot calling attention to the economic plight faced by adjuncts. A SUNY Cortland adjunct faculty member is featured in the ad. >>
Full story


WAMC-FM (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 7, 2016

Fred Kowal: Friedrichs

Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. >> Audio with full text


New York Times (New York, NY)
Date: Jan. 4, 2016

Cuomo to lift minimum wage for workers at New York universities

UUP President Fred Kowal appeals for higher salaries for adjunct faculty as the governor announces plans to raise the minimum wage for SUNY employees. >> Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: Jan. 1, 2016

UUP urges SUNY to up teacher diversity, cut educator fees

UUP President Fred Kowal details the rationale behind the union's 2016 legislative action plan, and UUP Albany Chapter President Bret Benjamin explains how his chapter is working with UAlbany's administration to help adjunct faculty. >> Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: Dec. 21, 2015

Cuomo vetoes bill to lock in university aid

UUP President Fred Kowal expresses optimism that Gov. Cuomo will take action to respond to the funding problem that would have been addressed by the Maintenance of Effort bill. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 15, 2015

UUP offers priorities for the coming year

UUP offers up its legislative priorities for 2016. >> Full story


The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Date: Dec. 15, 2015

Educators call for more state funding

UUP President Fred Kowal promotes a proposal to recruit students from diverse groups to become teachers.
This story also appeared in the Troy Record, Daily Freeman (Kingston) and Oneida Daily Dispatch. Full story



Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: Dec. 15, 2015

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses UUP initiatives

Kowal explains the four proposals in the union's 2016 legislative action plan. >>
Full interview audio


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 11, 2015

SUNY Albany panel asks raises for adjuncts, UUP ups the ante

UUP hails UAlbany's recommendation to raise pay for adjuncts, and UUP's UAlbany Chapter releases its own recommendations. >> Full story


The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Dec. 8, 2015

SUNY Oneonta to raise salaries for adjuncts

SUNY Oneonta will implement a new minimum salary for its adjunct faculty members starting next fall. >> Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: Nov. 23, 2015

UUP says SUNY fund unfairly siphons money

UUP President Fred Kowal warns that smaller SUNY campuses would suffer under SUNY's Investment and Performance Fund. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 14, 2015

"Hunger Games-style" SUNY funding program under fire

UUP President Fred Kowal urges SUNY to drop its Investment and Performance Fund program, saying it pits campuses against each other. >> Full story


Politics on the Hudson blog, The Journal News (White Plains, NY)
Date: Nov. 12, 2015

Five ways SUNY wants to increase spending

UUP President Fred Kowal voices his opposition to SUNY's Investment and Performance Fund >> Full story
This article also appeared in the Democrat & Chroncle (Rochester, NY).


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 2, 2015

New York's tax on SUNY

In a strongly worded editorial, the newspaper urges the governor to sign the Maintenance of Effort bill. The editorial states that New York is unfairly "balancing its books" on the backs of SUNY students and should do all he can to change that. >> Full story


The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Oct. 18, 2015

SUNY Oneonta adjuncts: We need a raise

In advance of Campus Equity Week, SUNY Oneonta faculty sign a petition calling for the doubling of starting salaries for adjunct faculty. >> Full story


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