March 20, 2012

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UUP joins NYSUT advocates as budget deadline looms


Plattsburgh UUP Chapter President Dave Curry tells Assembly member Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) of the critical need for an additional $25 million in the state budget to add more SUNY faculty.

“We’re teaching 20 percent more students with 1990 dollars,” Curry told Sayward.

Curry joined nearly two dozen fellow UUPers and hundreds of their union brothers and sisters from other affiliates for NYSUT’s Committee of 100 advocacy day March 20 in Albany. With the deadline for approving a new state budget less than two weeks away, the unionists met with state legislators urging them to approve more funds for K-12 and public higher education.

UUP advocates also asked lawmakers to restore $68 million to the state subsidy for SUNY’s three teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse and to increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards in line with increased tuition.

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