February 7, 2012

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UUP delegates take action at 2012 Winter DA


UUP President Phil Smith presides over the union’s 2012 Winter Delegate Assembly Feb. 3-4 in Albany.

The union’s nearly 300 delegates took action on more than a dozen constitutional amendments, resolutions and special orders of business. In his “state of the union” address, Smith said UUP has overcome adversity and is strong, but at the same time must continue to fight back against the challenges it faces. Those challenges include the threatened closure of inpatient hospital services at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the proposed expansion of NYSUNY 2020 to other SUNY campuses and the need for more full-time faculty on SUNY campuses. Smith reported the union plans aggressive advocacy efforts during this legislative session to accomplish the union’s political action goals.

Among the actions taken by UUP’s policymaking body was passage of a resolution to terminate UUP’s relationship with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

“Delegates also honored four legislators who were recognized with the union’s Friend of SUNY award: Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), Assemblymember Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (D-Sag Harbor). Details about these honors and other business transacted at the DA will be included in the March/April issue of The Voice.

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