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April 27, 2012

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UUPers applaud NYSUT RA theme


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Nearly 100 UUP members applaud speakers advancing the theme "Reclaim the Dream: Vote" at the NYSUT RA in Buffalo. The UUPers joined about 2,000 of their NYSUT brothers and sisters for NYSUT's three-day convention that began April 26.

Dennis VanRoekel, president of NYSUT affiliate NEA, urged delegates to be active in this year's presidential election to stop attacks on public higher education and to reclaim the dream of America.

“Funds are being cut, making it hard for the middle class to receive a higher education. Then faculty are blamed for not graduating enough students," he said. “For the next six months—193 days—we need to think about making a difference and fighting these attacks on the middle class.”

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also urged delegates to be politically active in national elections this fall.

"We need to keep public higher education in the forefront of our national debate,” DiNapoli said. “It comes down to one word: opportunity.”

In his RA address, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi said the path to reclaiming the dream is through unity.

"The essence of our dream is our unity ... it is our solidarity," he said.

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In addition to hearing from state and national labor leaders and elected officials, delegates will be taking action on more than 50 proposed resolutions during this annual policymaking session.


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