March 14, 2012
UUPers, students march at Higher Education Action Day
At a news conference with other faculty and student leaders following the march, UUP President Phil Smith reiterated his call for an additional $25 million in the 2012-13 state budget to enable SUNY to hire more full-time faculty. Smith also stressed the need to support medical education. UUP is asking lawmakers to restore $68 million to the state subsidy for SUNY’s three teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse.
Smith also took the opportunity to urge his union brothers and sisters to speak to lawmakers about the proposed Tier VI pension plan on behalf of students. “These are the folks – future public employees – that would be affected by these devastating cuts,” he said.
Nearly two dozen UUPers helped lead students into meetings with 115 state legislators to press for increased state funding for public higher education.
UUP joined with NYPIRG, UUP, PSC and the University Student Senate representing CUNY students in organizing Higher Education Action Day.
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