UUP rallies to save access to SUNY and its hospitals
About 400 members of United University Professions and their statewide affiliate NYSUT rallied at the state Capitol in Albany on Jan. 30 urging the state Legislature to amend Gov. Paterson's proposed state budget and provide additional funding to prevent the doors of SUNY from being closed to thousands of qualified students.
"SUNY is suffering under the weight of massive budget cuts, with many campuses limiting future enrollments, canceling classes that students need to graduate, and not replacing departing full-time faculty," said UUP President Phillip H. Smith. "Especially in this time of economic stress, students need access to an affordable, quality public higher education now more than ever. Unless more state support is made available, thousands of students will find the doors to SUNY closed."
The demonstrators also called upon lawmakers to reverse a steep $25 million cut in the state subsidy for SUNYs three teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse and substitute it with a $40 million increase.
NYSTI members join rally
UMU members protest cuts
Brooklyn HSC members march and chant
Stony Brook Chapters join demonstrators
UUP President Phil Smith addresses the crowd
NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi pledges the statewide affiliate's support to UUP's advocacy efforts
Assemblyman John McEneny pledges support for UUP
UUP members shake noisemakers to protest state budget cuts