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Academic Year 2015-2016
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. >>
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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. >>
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. >>
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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. >>
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. >>
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).
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. >>
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. >>
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. >>
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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. >>
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). >>
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. >>
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. >>
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Adjunct professions within the SUNY system speaking out
UUP President Fred Kowal says adjunct faculty deserve better pay. >>
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. >>
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. >>
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fred Kowal: Friedrichs
Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. >> Audio with full text
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
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
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
UUP offers priorities for the coming year
UUP offers up its legislative priorities for 2016. >> Full story
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
UUP President Fred Kowal discusses UUP initiatives
Kowal explains the four proposals in the union's 2016 legislative action plan. >>
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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
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
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
"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
Five ways SUNY wants to increase spending
UUP President Fred Kowal voices his opposition to SUNY's Investment and Performance Fund
This article also appeared in the Democrat & Chroncle (Rochester, NY).
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
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