April 25, 2012

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Delegates elect officers, board; adopt budget, resolutions


Delegates to the union’s 2012 Spring Delegate Assembly, April 20-21 in Albany, elected statewide officers and Executive Board members, adopted the union’s annual spending plan, and approved a number of resolutions and special orders of business.

Election Results

More than 300 delegates cast their ballots for three officers and five Executive Board members, including Jaclyn Pittsley of Cortland, above.

Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham was elected without opposition to his first full term in that post; he was elected last September to fill the unexpired term of John Marino, who joined NYSUT as associate director of staff. Re-elected without opposition to her 10th term was Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud. Jamie Dangler of Cortland was elected as vice president for academics.

Returning to the statewide Executive Board are Ray Gleason of Alfred, Carolyn Kube of Stony Brook HSC and Idalia Torres of Fredonia. Joining them are Robert Rees of Alfred and former statewide membership development officer Fred Kowal of Cobleskill. Both previously served on the board.

All terms are for two years, effective June 1.

Budget Approved

Delegates unanimously adopted an annual operating budget of $8.18 million that reflects the union’s priorities for 2012-2013: contract negotiations, service to the membership, outreach and communications activities, and recruitment of new activists.

“We have followed our established and effective procedures to get maximum input from our members in developing the annual UUP spending plan,” said UUP Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud. “This year’s budget reflects extensive discussions and debate at the statewide and chapter levels.”

Resolutions Adopted

In a show of solidarity with higher ed proponents around the country, officers and delegates waved placards and adopted a special order of business affirming the union’s support for Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) and its Week of Action, April 16-20.


“UUP joins the CFHE in sending a national message that a failure to invest in quality higher education is a crisis for our nation and our future,” said UUP Secretary Eileen Landy.

Delegates also set aside the agenda for a special order to honor Larry Gold on his retirement as AFT director of higher education.

“UUP and higher education have had a strong voice in Washington, D.C., thanks to Larry,” said UUP President Phil Smith. “UUP will never forget his extraordinary and multifaceted contributions to the betterment of higher education and to the principles of academic unionism.”

Several other resolutions and special orders of business were brought before the delegates, who overwhelmingly supported taking actions to defend women’s rights, sending letters to lawmakers on their Tier VI vote, and recognizing outspoken advocates of public higher education.

A complete summary of the Spring DA can be found here

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