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Academic Year 2014-2015


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)


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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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