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Academic Year 2015-2016


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


Academic Year 2014-2015


WAMC-FM (Albany, NY)
Date: Aug. 31, 2015

Fred Kowal: Skin Deep

Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on America's racial divide and how SUNY academics and professionals can do their part to help close it. >>
Full commentary audio


WHCU-FM/AM (Ithaca, NY)
Date: Aug. 31, 2015

Battles and benefits of unions

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler examines some of the social and economic impacts of organized labor. >> Full interview audio


Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: Aug. 28, 2015

Save the public college route to the American dream

Newsday Editorial Board says Gov. Andrew Cuomo should sign the Maintenance of Effort bill passed by the state Legislature and supported by UUP. >> Full story


Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Bill before Cuomo seeks more state aid for public colleges

The leaders of the Legislature's higher education committees speak out in support of the Maintenance of Effort bill. >> Full story available with paid subscription


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

UUP, PSC/CUNY, students call on Gov. Cuomo to sign maintenance of effort bill

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the union's involvement in a series of July 22 press conferences across the state. At the events, SUNY and CUNY students and faculty urged Gov. Cuomo to sign the maintainence of effort bill, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature in June. >> Full interview audio


Capital Tonight (Albany NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

UUP, PSC/CUNY, students call on Gov. Cuomo to sign maintenance of effort bill

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the union's involvement in a series of July 22 press conferences across the state. At the events, SUNY and CUNY students and faculty urged Gov. Cuomo to sign the maintainence of effort bill, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature in June. >> Subscription required


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WBFO-FM NPR News (Buffalo, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

Governor pressed to provide more funding for SUNY & CUNY schools
Full interview audio

WRVO-FM NPR News (Oswego, NY)
Date: July 23, 2015

SUNY faculty & students want state to pay more of university's operating costs
Full interview audio

Albany Times-Union (Albany, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

Event seeks to rally support of higher education bill
Full story

The Buffalo News(Buffalo, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

State urged to cover bigger share of SUNY costs as students struggle
Full story

Capital New York.com (Albany, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

CUNY, SUNY unions call on Cuomo to sign funding bill
Full story

Legislative Gazette (Albany, NY)
Date: Aug. 4, 2015

Bill would direct how tuition revenue is spent
Full story

Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

Supporters rally for SUNY, CUNY bill
Full story

The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Date: July 22, 2015

Students, faculty push bill to stop annual tuition hikes
Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: July 6, 2015

Supreme Court plan to eye union-dues case alarms labor

UUP President Fred Kowal warns of the consequences if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which could weaken public employee unions. >> Full story with paid subscription


Inside Higher Ed (Washington, D.C.)
Date: July 1, 2015

Threat to faculty unions

UUP President Fred Kowal is critical of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case that he says could damage and eventually break public sector unions. >>
Full story


Inside Higher Ed (Washington, D.C.)
Date: June 25, 2015

Adjunct retirement insecurity

UUP Executive Board member Anne Wiegard says adjunct faculty need retirement benefits similar to those given to full-time faculty after a survey said that only 19 percent of adjuncts think they'll have enough money for retirement. >> Full story


The Hechinger Report (New York, NY)
Date: June 11, 2015

Denmark pushes to make university students graduate on time

UUP President Fred Kowal says efforts to have students graduate on time must take into consideration the quality of the education they receive. >> Full story
The article also appeared in The Atlantic: Full story


Huffington Post (New York, NY)
Date: May 19, 2015

New challenges to Pearson teacher certification exams

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler says the Regents essentially acknowledged the new teacher certification tests are flawed by approving new safety nets for students. >> Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: April 27, 2015

Kowal, Unopposed, Gets Second Term At UUP

UUP President Fred Kowal lays out priorities for his second term in office. >> Full story


El Diario (New York, NY)
Date: April 9, 2015

Judge investigates disadvantage of minorities in examinations for teachers

UUP President Fred Kowal cites the deficiencies in the new teacher certification tests. >> Full story in Spanish - right click on mouse and click Translate to English for English version


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: April 9, 2015

UUP has an agenda: Quality

In a strongly worded rebuttal to an earlier guest editorial, UUP President Fred Kowal responds to the National Council on Teacher Quality’s backing of flawed new teacher certification requirements. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 22, 2015

The test of Common Core

An editorial credits UUP for raising concerns that student teachers and the faculty that teach them weren't given enough time to prepare for the State Education Department's new teacher certification exams. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 20, 2015

A raid on SUNY students

An editorial support UUP's position that SUNY needs more state funding and cannot rely on students to make up the shortfall through higher tuition and fees. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 20, 2015

SUNY union asks, where are the test scores?

UUP President Fred Kowal criticizes the State Education Department for its failure to set passing scores for 17 exams some students must take to obtain teacher certification. >> Full story


WRGB, Channel 6 (Albany, NY)
Date: March 17, 2015

Standardized testing fight could discourage students

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler talks about issues that are causing teacher educator enrollments to drop. >> Full story


Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: March 11, 2015

SUNY wants to continue automatic tuition increases

UUP's ad campaign opposes more tuition hikes in the absence of additional state aid. >> Full story with paid subscription


Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)
Date: March 11, 2015

SUNY officials step up campaign for continued annual tuition hike

UUP President Fred Kowal registers the union's opposition to another series of annual tuition increases unless the state does more to cover SUNY's mounting mandatory costs. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 6, 2015

Union decries teacher testing

UUP President Fred Kowal leads a Capitol news conference, saying the state Education Department's new certification exams are deeply flawed. >> Full story with paid subscription


WAMC-FM (Albany NY)
Date: March 5, 2015

Fred Kowal: Making SUNY Whole

UUP President Fred Kowal says that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's `Opportunity Agenda' is wrong for students, wrong for SUNY and wrong for New York. >>
Full commentary audio


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: March 5, 2015

Teacher certification controversy

UUP President Fred Kowal calls for investigation of State Education Department's teacher certification process. He and SUNY New Paltz student teacher Katherine Knapp explain. >> Full interview audio


Albany Student Press (Albany, NY)
Date: February 10, 2015

Union reacts to SUNY plan to increase graduation rate

UUP President Fred Kowal says SUNY will need additional faculty in order to meet its goal of graduating more students. >> Full story


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: February 4, 2015

Kowal calls governor's "Opportunity Agenda" a "missed opportunity"

UUP President Fred Kowal criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Executive Budget proposal and discusses UUP's action plan. >> Full interview audio


University Business (Norwalk, CT)
Date: February 1, 2015

SUNY’s United University Professions: A labor union fighting for higher ed

UUP President Fred Kowal describes how UUP defends funding for public higher education and how unions help the greater good. >> Full story


Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: January 16, 2015

NLRB ruling may lead to more union faculty

UUP President Fred Kowal says a NLRB decision opens the door to the unionization of adjunct faculty on private college campuses. >> Full story available via paid subscription


WNYT-TV (Albany NY)
Date: January 12, 2015

Advocates: equitable funding for education a moral issue

UUP President Fred Kowal says the state is not paying its fair share of SUNY's operating costs at the scene of a pro public education rally at the state Capitol. >> Full story


Politico (Arlington, VA)
Date: December 15, 2014

SUNY's unified funding front

UUP pushes for the enactment of its action plan, which would allow more students to access a public higher education and increase state funding. >> Full story


Capital Tonight (Albany, NY)
Date: December 9, 2014

UUP college affordability initiatives

UUP President Fred Kowal outlines the union's new initiatives designed to promote access to an affordable, quality public education at SUNY. (subscription required) >> Full story


Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: December 9, 2014

UUP describes new initiatives

UUP President Fred Kowal outlines the union's new initiatives designed to promote access to an affordable, quality public education at SUNY. >> Full interview audio (interview begins at 13:00; ends at 22:05)


Similiar news stories also appeared in the following newspapers:

Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Date: December 9, 2014

Faculty union unveils student loan forgiveness, refinancing proposals
Full story via paid subscription

Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: December 9, 2014

UUP proposes SUNY student debt refinancing program
Full story

Legislative Gazette (Albany, NY)
Date: December 9, 2014

UUP proposes program to help graduates with student loans
Full story

Capitol Pressroom (Albany NY)
Date: December 5, 2014

UUP blasts SED release of teacher certification scores

UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler questions the state Education Department's release of college-specific data on teacher certification test results and their motivation for doing so. >> Full interview audio


Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY)
Date: November 15, 2014

Teachers of teachers question report saying they're easy

UUP joins other teacher educators criticizing a report about teacher education programs across the nation. >> Full story


Post-Star(Glens Falls, NY)
Date: October 30, 2014

Woolf is right vote for women's rights

In a letter to the editor, UUP Empire State College Chapter President Pamela Malone explains why Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf is the right choice for women. >> Full story


Capitol Pressroom (Albany, NY)
Date: October 23, 2014

Kowal lends support to three pro-education state senators

UUP President Fred Kowal explains why Sens. Cecelia Tkaczak, Terry Gipson and Ted O'Brien deserve to be re-elected and praises them for being advocates for public higher education. >> Full interview audio


Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY)
Date: October 21, 2014

Woerner offers real solutions for region

In a letter to the editor, UUP Empire State College Chapter President Pamela Malone details why she thinks Carrie Woerner deserves to be elected to the state Assembly. >> Full story


The Chief-Leader (New York, NY)
Date: October 20, 2014

UUP, PEF share $25,000 award for Downstate work

UUP President Fred Kowal says the union will continue to safeguard Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn from any privatization attempt, after news that UUP will share a $25,000 from AFT for its work to save Downstate. >> Full story available via paid subscription


AFT.org
Date: September 23, 2014

Turning up the heat to reverse climate change

UUP and AFT take a stand against climate change at massive Sept. 21 People's Climate March in New York City. >> Full story


Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: September 23, 2014

Adjunct faculty to join SEIU

UUP President Fred Kowal applauds the vote by adjunct faculty at the College of St. Rose to unionize. >> Full story


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