July 30, 2012

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AFT commits to Downstate battle


Downstate Medical Center Chapter President Rowena Blackman-Stroud, above, successfully urges her AFT sisters and brothers to join the fight to stop the layoffs at Downstate in Brooklyn.

Downstate UUPer Dave Norton, left, a first-time AFT delegate who spoke in support of the UUP-submitted resolution, joined Blackman-Stroud at the microphone during the Labor and the Economy Resolutions Committee meeting. Also shown is Downstate delegate Edison Bond.

The resolution was adopted by the more than 2,500 delegates at the biennial AFT Convention July 27-30 in Detroit. It calls on the AFT to use its political and financial resources to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo that layoffs and other restructuring proposals will devastate an already weak central Brooklyn economy.

UUP President Phil Smith, below, also used the microphone to ask AFT delegates to go to to send letters to the governor. Smith made his pleas prior to moderating a discussion on the November election, and again before presenting NYSUT with the Lou Stollar Award for Advancing the Rights of Contingent Faculty. NYSUT VP Maria Neira, left, accepted the award.


Four other UUP resolutions were among the nearly 90 constitutional amendments and resolutions debated by delegates during the four-day convention. Delegates backed UUP's call to: urge passage of the Violence Against Women's Act; oppose any military action in Iran; protect teacher education programs; and support a P-20 data collection system.

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