March 6, 2009

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UUP represented at national AFT conference

UUP President Phillip Smith and Stony Brook HSC delegate Ora James Bouey listen during the opening plenary session of AFT's National Higher Education Issues Conference. The session dealt with AFT's Higher Education Program and Policy Council Forum.

President Phillip Smith and UUP delegate Ora James Bouey were among two dozen union members attending a national conference on education issues sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers on March 5, 6 and 7.

More than 20 UUPers joined higher ed academics and professionals from across America on March 5-7 at a national conference on education issues sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers.

At the conference, dubbed “Generating Power: Mobilizing the Union to Revitalize Higher Education,” UUPers are attending more than 25 workshops and plenary sessions on topics ranging from academic freedom and talking to members about political action to workplace bullying and ways to protect members as the economy continues its downward spiral.

UUPers Jill Hanifan and Peter Brown attend a workshop on incorporating AFT's Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) campaign into collective bargaining campaigns.

Several workshops focused on issues important to contingent faculty, many of who are worried about job security as campuses in New York and other states implement cost-cutting measures to make up for revenue cuts.

Smith, Bouey and VP for Professionals John Marino have key roles in the conference. Marino is a panelist for a workshop about job promotions for professionals called “Effective Contract Language for Professional Staff.” Smith is moderating a discussion on building solidarity between academics and professionals titled “Stronger Together.” Bouey is the moderator for a workshop on accreditation and regulation.

AFT President Randi Weingarten is scheduled to give the conference's keynote address, on "Fighting for America's Future: It's Dollars and Sense." Other speakers include AFT executive vice president Loretta Johnson and AFT Washington president Sandra Schroeder. The conference is being held in Miami,Fla.

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