June 16, 2011

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UUPers advocate on issues near end of session


Marty Manjak of UAlbany, second from left, tells UUP’s concerns about the proposed NYSUNY 2020 and rational tuition plans to Josh Rosseau, legislative director for Assembly member Rhoda Jacobs. Rob Compton of Oneonta, left, and New Paltz Chapter President Peter Brown listen during one of 33 visits by UUPers to lawmakers’ offices during the union’s June 14 advocacy day, held less than a week before the Legislature is due to recess.

The UUPers warned that students’ access to SUNY could be compromised if SUNY’s four University Centers are allowed to boost tuition by 8 percent annually, 3 percent more than the tuition increase proposed for all other state-operated SUNY campuses. The unionists also objected to plans calling for funds from higher tuition rates to be used partially for new construction, insisting that tuition funds be devoted instead to educating students.

The UUPers also spoke out against the proposed Tier VI pension reform plan that would reduce benefits for future public employees.

“It would make it harder for SUNY to recruit and retain staff while competing with other states for academic talent,” Brian Tappen of Upstate Medical University said.

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