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Academic Year 2019-2020


WTEN, Channel 10 (Albany, NY)
Date: Aug. 2, 2019

Maternal Mortality Review Board created in NY

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted extensively in this TV news report about the state creating a Maternal Mortality Review Board to investigate the deaths of women who die in childbirth and provide necessary recommendations to improve maternal health care for expectant mothers. >>
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The Detroit News (Detroit, MI)
Date: Aug. 2, 2019

MSU president Samuel Stanley arrives with record of achievement, controversy

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted extensively in this story about former Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley's decision to become president of Michigan State University. >>
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WOOC Radio (Troy, NY)
Date: June 13, 2019

Fred Kowal interview: NY Renews Climate and Community Protection Act

UUP President Fred Kowal is interviewed by WOOC reporter Mark Dunlea at a June 11 rally for the CCPA at the state Capitol. >>
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WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
Date: June 11, 2019

Fred Kowal: Bread And Circuses

In a commentary broadcast by WAMC, UUP President Fred Kowal warns that listeners who take our democracy for granted do so at their own peril. >>
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Syracuse.com (Syracuse, NY)
Date: June 5, 2019

Good riddance to Syracuse’s I-690, I-81 wreckfest: 'That merge is terrifying'

Upstate Medical University Chapter President Rich Veenstra is quoted in this story about one of the city’s most dangerous traffic areas. >>
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Capitol Connection - WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: May 29, 2019

The Capitol Connection #1922 - UUP President Fred Kowal

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses a wide range of issues regarding public higher education in this 30-minute interview with host Alan Chartock. >>
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Newsday (Melville, NY)
Date: May 28, 2019

Stony Brook U. president to take helm at Michigan State

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this Newsday story about the departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Kowal said that UUP should be involved in choosing the university's next president. >>
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Capitol Pressroom, WCNY Radio (Syracuse, NY)
Date: May 28, 2019

UUP’s Frederick Kowal

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the union's post-budget push for transparency at the SUNY campus foundations. >>
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WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
Date: May 15, 2019

Fred Kowal: For Mom

In this WAMC commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal talks about the recent passing of his mother. To honor her, Kowal said he's committed himself to make public higher education a priority for New York like never before. >>
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Chief-Leader (New York City, NY)
Date: April 5, 2019

CUNY, SUNY Unions: State Shortchanges Us

UUP President Fred Kowal expresses his frustration over a lack of state funding for SUNY in the 2019-20 state budget. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 22, 2019

Union gives thumbs-down to Trump's campus edict

UUP President Fred Kowal calls the president's campus free speech executive order "unnecessary and redundant." >>
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WXXI Radio (Rochester, NY), WRVO Radio (Oswego, NY) and WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
Date: March 7, 2019

Students rally to fix 'TAP gap'

UUP President Fred Kowal talks about the importance of the state fully funding the Tuition Assistance Program in an interview with reporter Karen DeWitt. >>
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WAMC full story and audio

Hechinger Report (New York, NY)
Date: March 7, 2019

SUNY Chancellor is quietly stepping down from AES Corp board amid pressure over toxic coal ash

UUP gets a mention in this story about the SUNY Chancellor's decision to leave the AES Corp. board of directors. >>
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Hechinger Report (New York, NY)
Date: March 6, 2019

Educational Opportunity Programs help high-need students to thrive

A op-ed by UUP President Fred Kowal focusing on the success and importance of SUNY's opportunity programs, which UUP has long been a strong supporter of. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 6, 2019

New York professors' union is target of class action lawsuit

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this news story about a CUNY professor who is suing PSC/CUNY for back union dues. >>
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WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
Date: March 1, 2019

Higher Ed Suffers Under Trump Visa Restrictions

A commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on how President Trump's visa restrictions have been detrimental to SUNY, as well as colleges and universities across America. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 21, 2019

SUNY union: Chancellor should 'reconsider' role with power company

UUP President Fred Kowal calls on SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson to rethink her position as a board member at AES Corp., a Virginia-based company that operates a coal-burning power plant in Puerto Rico. The company has been spotlighted in media reports for its questionable methods of discarding toxic coal ash on the island, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 1, 2019

SUNY to focus on diversity hires

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in a story about SUNY's State of the University address expressing his support for expanding the divesity of SUNY's faculty ranks. >>
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Empire State Weelky (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 13, 2019

Interview with UUP President Fred Kowal

UUP President Fred Kowal talks about UUP’s legislative initiatives for 2019, as well as a number of issues impacting higher education and organized labor. >>
Interview

Academic Year 2018-2019


Capitol Connection (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 20, 2018

Interview with UUP President Fred Kowal

In a candid 30-minute interview, UUP President Fred Kowal talks about UUP’s legislative initiatives for 2019, as well as a number of issues impacting higher education and organized labor. >>
Full audio interview

Capitol Pressroom (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 20, 2018

UUP President Kowal talks legislative initiatives for 2019

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses UUP’s legislative agenda for 2019, as well as the necessity for more state funding for SUNY and the University’s three cash-strapped teaching hospitals. >>
Full audio interview

Capital Tonight (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 12, 2018

UUP Calls for Enhanced Maintenance of Effort

UUP President Fred Kowal urges the governor to sign a maintenance of effort bill for SUNY, and defends UUP's new contract, which some cash-strapped campuses are blaming for budget deficits. >>
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The Chief-Leader (New York City, NY)
Date: Dec. 10, 2018

PSC, UUP Call on State Assembly to Peg College Funding to Inflation Rate

In this story, UUP President Fred Kowal urges the governor to sign a true maintenance of effort for SUNY. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 5, 2018

SUNY officials, union debate how to pay for professor raises

This story provides coverage of UUP President Fred Kowal's testimony regarding a true maintenance of effort for SUNY, and how the lack of such a provision is making it difficult for some campuses to cover mandatory expenses. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 5, 2018

Higher ed advocates rally for MOE bill approval

This story covers UUP President Fred Kowal's testimony regarding a true maintenance of effort for SUNY, and how the lack of such a provision is making it difficult for some campuses to cover mandatory expenses. >>
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Binghamton University Pipe Dream (Binghamton, NY)
Date: Nov. 26, 2018

Running low on revenue: Binghamton University struggles to cover employee raises

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story about Binghamton University and the need for SUNY to be more aggressive in advocating for more funding for the university, and SUNY as a whole. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 19, 2018

Mahoney's new challenge: Fixing higher ed woes

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story about former Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney starting her new jobs as chief operating officer at SUNY ESF and a special advisor at Upstate Medical University. >>
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WAMC Radio (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 6, 2018

Fred Kowal: Wag The Dog Or A Coup?

UUP President Fred Kowal provides commentary on President Donald Trump's lies and imflammatory rhetoric regarding a group of immigrants making their way to the U.S.-Mexican border. >>
Full story and audio

Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 10, 2018

SUNY sets faculty-student dating rules

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story about a new SUNY Board of Trustees policy governing sexual or romantic relationships between faculty/staff and students. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 4, 2018

Viewpoint: In wake of Janus, unions are getting stronger

UUP President Fred Kowal stands up for organized labor in a hard-hitting op-ed in the Albany Times Union. >>
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Syracuse.com (Syracuse, NY)
Date: Oct. 1, 2018

Upstate Medical union questions Mahoney's new role on campus, demands transparency

UUP President Fred Kowal questions Joanie Mahoney's new role at Upstate Medical University and calls on the state to be more transparent as it seeks new leadership for the troubled SUNY campus. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Sept. 20, 2018

Fred Kowal: What Not to Cover

In this commentary for WAMC, UUP President Fred Kowal talks about why news networks shouldn't provide live coverage of political rallies held by President Donald Trump. >>
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City & State (New York City, NY)
Date: Sept. 6, 2018

Winners & Losers: UUP President Fred Kowal

UUP President Fred Kowal was a winner because UUP members overwhelmingly ratified the union's new six-year contract. >>
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Bloomberg Law (Washington, D.C.)
Date: Sept. 6, 2018

College Faculty Across New York Get 2 Percent Raises

Story on the ratification of UUP's new contract with New York state. >>
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The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Sept. 5, 2018

SUNY staff to see raises after ratifying new contract

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story about UUP's new six-year contract with New York state. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Sept. 5, 2018

UUP ratifies new 6-year contract with state

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story about UUP's new six-year contract with New York state. >>
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Daily Gazette, (Schenectady, NY)
Date: Sept. 5, 2018

State university employees ratify six-year contract

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story the overwhelming ratification of UUP's new six-year contract with the state. >>
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City & State (New York City, NY)
Date: Sept. 3, 2018

The Labor Power 50

UUP President Fred Kowal is named as one of New York state's top 50 labor leaders. >>
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