Paula White of Brooklyn HSC raises an issue, as fellow Brooklyn HSCer Donna Belgrave-Calder listens during a meeting of UUP’s Outreach Committee. More than 40 committee members met Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs to plan local advocacy activities for the fall.
In a joint meeting with UUP chapter presidents, UUP President Phil Smith said union advocates must be ready to respond quickly in anticipation of lawmakers’ return to Albany to vote on mid-year budget cuts that would impact SUNY, and the proposed Tier V pension legislation.
“We have to be on the ground right away because we believe the Legislature will be back in September. We can’t wait until January to get started,” Smith said. He also stressed the need to get more members active in advocacy.
One key to fostering local advocacy is to cultivate good relationships with campus administrators, according to Plattsburgh Chapter President and Outreach Committee member Dave Curry. He said good relations paved the way for UUP’s Plattsburgh Chapter to place lawn signs outside the president’s office, and to have a report from UUP added to the agenda of campus Faculty Senate meetings.