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July 17, 2012

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Downstate UUPers protest possible layoffs


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UUP Downstate Chapter President Rowena Blackman-Stroud leads more than 100 chapter members protesting potential layoffs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

The July 16 demonstration coincided with a meeting attended by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and state lawmakers representing Brooklyn to discuss the fate of Downstate.

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UUPers waved signs and chanted, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Downstate layoffs have to go," in an appeal to stop a restructuring plan that would lead to hundreds of layoffs and the loss of vital health care services. Blackman-Stroud and her chapter members also warned that the loss of as many as 1,000 jobs at Downstate would devastate the neighborhood’s economy, causing the shutdown of many small businesses and families losing their homes to foreclosure.

Downstate is Brooklyn’s only public teaching hospital.


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