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Academic Year 2017-2018


UUP got significant news coverage of its 2016-22 tentative contract agreement with the state. Those news stories follow below:

The Chief-Leader (New York City, NY)
Date: May 30, 2018

UUP Given Paid Family Leave Under New Pact

Story on UUP's success in getting paid family leave in its 2016-2022 tentative contract agreement with the state. >>
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UUP got significant news coverage of its 2016-22 tentative contract agreement with the state. Those news stories follow below:

Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: May 24, 2018

Tentative contract reached with major SUNY union

UUP and the state announce agreement on a tentative six-year contract for the union with 2 percent raises each year and a host of other worker-friendly improvements. >>
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Newsday (Melville, NY)
Date: May 26, 2018

Tentative contract reached with major SUNY union
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: May 24, 2018

Cuomo, UUP reach 6-year contract agreement
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The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: May 25, 2018

Business Beat: State, UUP reach tentative contract
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The Observer (Dunkirk, NY)
Date: May 24, 2018

State approves six-year deal with SUNY union
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Long Island.com (Long Island, NY)
Date: May 24, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces Six-Year Contract Agreement With United University Professions
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: May 24, 2018

Fred Kowal: Guns

UUP President Fred Kowal shares his disgust over gun violence in America and praises high school students and their families for standing up and speaking out for change in this commentary for WAMC. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: April 5, 2018

Fred Kowal: The Why Was Justice

UUP President Fred Kowal offers a commentary on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death. >>
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The Daily Orange (Syracuse, NY)
Date: March 22, 2018

SUNY faculty union ‘welcomes’ President Quentin Wheeler’s resignation

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story on the resignation of SUNY ESF President Wheeler. >>
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Albany Times-Union (Albany, NY)
Date: March 22, 2018

SUNY forestry school president to resign

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story on the resignation of SUNY ESF President Wheeler. >>
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The Scientist (Ontario, Canada)
Date: March 22, 2018

President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this story on the resignation of SUNY ESF President Wheeler. >>
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The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
Date: March 5, 2018

Public employee unions brace for Supreme Court ruling

UUP President Fred Kowal talks about the potential impact of Janus v. AFSCME and how UUP is preparing for the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the union-busting case. >>
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Newsday (Mellville, NY)
Date: March 1, 2018

Stony Brook hiring freeze aims to stem budget gap, officials say

UUP President Fred Kowal takes issue over a hiring freeze at Stony Brook University. >>
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Investigative Post (Buffalo, NY)
Date: Feb. 28, 2018

State audit challenges UB Foundation spending

UUP President Fred Kowal expressed serious concerns about SUNY's lack of oversight of SUNY's 30 university and college foundations. >>
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Times Union (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 27, 2018

Report: SUNY oversight of private foundations lacking

UUP President Fred Kowal said the union was troubled by a report by the state comptroller that cricitized SUNY's handling of 30 foundations that raise funds for SUNY universities and colleges. >>
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Newsday (Mellville, NY)
Date: Feb. 27, 2018

Stony Brook, other SUNY foundations faulted in state audit

UUP President Fred Kowal talks about a report by the state Comptroller, which was critical of 30 SUNY foundations that raise funds for SUNY universities and colleges. >>
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WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
Date: Feb. 26, 2018

Organized labor case goes in front of Supreme Court

UUP President Fred Kowal, interviewed live, talks about the Janus v. AFSCME case during a labor rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. >>
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The Rick Smith Show (Pennsylvania)
Date: Feb. 26, 2018

The Rick Smith Show 2-26-2018

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the Janus v. AFSCME case on Smith's syndicated labor radio show. >>
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Glens Falls Post Star (Glens Falls, NY)
Date: Feb. 26, 2018

BLOG: Union worried about case before high court challenging mandatory fees

UUP President Fred Kowal blasts the Janus case in this story by Michael Goot. >>
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The Daily Signal (Washington, D.C.)
Date: Feb. 26, 2018

Mandatory union fees divide demonstrators as Supreme Court hears arguments

UUP President Fred Kowal tells the Signal, a publication of the right-wing Heritage Foundation, defended unions and blasted Janus in this blatantly slanted story. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Feb. 20, 2018

A Hero For SUNY

In a radio commentary, UUP President Fred Kowal talks about how UUP will advocate for gains for SUNY in the state's sparse budget proposal for 2018-19. >>
Full commentary

The Chief Leader (New York City, NY)
Date: Feb. 16, 2018

Massive labor-rights rally set for Feb. 24

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in a story about the Feb. 24 Working People's Day of Action event in New York City. >>
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The Daily Orange (Syracuse, NY)
Date: Feb. 15, 2018

Department chair removals caused ‘unnecessary damage’ to SUNY-ESF’s reputation, faculty union president says

UUP President Fred Kowal's statement to ESF Chapter members regarding the "abrupt removal" of three department chairs who are UUP members provides the basis for this story. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 31, 2018

Cuomo's change to SUNY hospital funding sparks concern

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses the damage that could be caused to SUNY's state hospitals if the nearly $80 million state hospitals subsidy cut from the proposed 2018-19 Executive Budget isn't restored. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Jan. 17, 2018

Cuomo budget proposal keeps higher ed funding relatively flat

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in this reaction story about the governor's proposed Executive Budget for 2018-19. >>
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Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Date: Jan. 12, 2018

‘#WeNeedYourLight’: Academia reaches out to Haiti, Africa, Central America after Trump remarks

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in a national story about Trump's racism-fueled, divisive comments regarding immigrants from Africa, Haiti, and Central America. >>
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Capitol Pressroom (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 21, 2017

UUP President Fred Kowal

Kowal goes into detail about UUP's legislative priorities for 2018-19. >>
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Capital Tonight (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 21, 2017

United University Professions pushes to close "TAP gap" in 2018

UUP President Fred Kowal talks UUP's legislative priorities for 2018-19. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 21, 2017

Union representing SUNY employees releases budget recommendations

UUP President Fred Kowal discusses UUP's legislative priorities for 2018-19. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 20, 2017

Here to stay

UUP President Fred Kowal talks about the history of organized labor and how those struggles relate to the challenges unions face today in this radio commentary. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Dec. 18, 2017

Johnson brings new energy to SUNY's challenges

UUP President Fred Kowal is quoted in a profile on new SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 21, 2017

The Endless War

Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on why the U.S. should end its involvement in the War in Afghanistan. >>
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Politico (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 16, 2017

SUNY employees rally for new contract

More than 100 Albany Chapter members held a rally at UAlbany urging the state to agree to a new contract with UUP. UUP's contract with the state expired in July 2016.>>
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Times Herald-Record(Middletown, NY)
Date: Nov. 16, 2017

Nearly 100 march for contract settlement at SUNY New Paltz

Dozens of New Paltz Chapter members rallied to push the state to come to agreement on a new contract with UUP. UUP's contract with the state expired in July 2016.>>
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Albany Student Press (Albany, NY)
Date: Nov. 14, 2017

Constitutional Convention Defeat Allays UUP Concerns

Albany Chapter President Aaron Major talks about the impact UUP's campaign against a constitutional convention had on the measure's Nov. 7 defeat. >>
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Chronogram (Kingston, NY)
Date: Nov. 1, 2017

New York's Constitutional Convention Debate: The 20-year Question

Detailed coverage of an Oct. 16 debate at SUNY New Paltz between UUP President Fred Kowal and a supporter of a constitutional convention over a Nov. 7 referendum on a NYS constitutional convention. >>
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WAMC (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 27, 2017

A Republic, If We Can Keep It

Commentary by UUP President Fred Kowal on the disturbing lack of civility in our political process and the importance of getting involved, speaking truth to power, and putting America’s belief in democracy into action. >>
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Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn)
Date: Oct. 21, 2017

In budget talks, professors’ workloads become an issue

UUP VPA Jamie Dangler provides discusses workloads for SUNY professors, in a story on workloads for professors at UConn. >>
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The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Oct. 18, 2017

SUCO hosts constitutional convention talk

UUP President Fred Kowal takes part in panel discussion on the November statewide referendum on whether to stage a constitutional convention in New York state. >>
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The SUNY New Paltz Oracle (New Paltz, NY)
Date: Oct. 18, 2017

ConCon debate highlights pros and cons of convention

UUP President Fred Kowal makes a strong case against a constitutional convention in an Oct. 16 debate at SUNY New Paltz. >>
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State of Politics, Capital Tonight blog (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Charter Schools Call SUNY Reg ‘Right Decision’

UUP is mentioned as a strong opponent of the SUNY Charter Schools Committee's decision to allow charter schools to set up their own teacher certification programs. >>
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The Associated Press
Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Committee OKs alternative requirements for charter teachers

UUP is mentioned as a strong opponent of the SUNY Charter Schools Committee's decision to allow charter schools to set up their own teacher certification programs. This story appeared in more than 25 newspapers and TV news websites across the country, including the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. >>
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Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY)
Date: Oct. 9, 2017

Teacher testing revised

Jamie Dangler, UUP's statewide vice president for acamdeics, discusses the Board of Regents' revisions to the edTPA. This story also appeared in the Lake Placid News. >>
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Times Record-Herald, (Middletown, NY)
Date: Oct. 6, 2017

SUNY New Paltz dealing with $1.8M deficit

UUP New Paltz Chapter President Beth Wilson says that all but a handful of adjuncts were rehired by the college for the fall 2017 semester. >>
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The Daily Star, (Oneonta, NY)
Date: Oct. 4, 2017

N.Y. unions brace for high-stakes Supreme Court ruling

UUP President Fred Kowal said he believes UUP members will stay with the union if the Supreme Court affirms Janus v. AFSCME. >>
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Politico NY (Albany, NY)
Date: Oct. 3, 2017

Experts: It's too soon to call Excelsior Scholarship a win

UUP President Fred Kowal said he's encouraged by the state's Excelsior Scholarship, adding tha time will tell how many of those students graduate. >>
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Palladium-Times (Oswego, NY)
Date: Sept. 28, 2017

'Anything' can happen at Constitutional Convention

VPA Jamie Dangler takes part in an Sept. 28 forum on the November referendum for a statewide constitutional convention. >>
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Cortland Standard (Cortland, NY)
Date: Sept. 20, 2017

Vote on constitutional convention debated

VPA Jamie Dangler takes part in a Sept. 19 debate in Cortland on the merits of holding a state constitutional convention. >>
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Chalkbeat New York (New York City, NY)
Date: Sept. 13, 2017

New York's most controversial teacher certification exam is now a little easier to pass

VPA Jamie Dangler discusses a Sept. 12 decision by the Board of Regents to lower the passing score on the edTPA. >>
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