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July 2, 2013

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New leaders learn the ins and outs of UUP


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UUP President Fred Kowal addresses newly elected chapter leaders during a workshop session at UUP’s New Leadership Orientation.

A group of new and not-so-new campus leaders came to UUP’s Albany headquarters to learn the ins and outs of union leadership.

More than 20 new leaders, some of them new to union activism, met with UUP's statewide officers and experienced chapter officers during the union’s two-day orientation.

The session, held June 20-21, featured workshops on UUP’s contract, political advocacy, labor-management meetings, chapter development, and building labor and community coalitions. Oneonta Chapter President Bill Simons, who led one of the workshops, told new leaders that it was an exciting time to be involved.

“The union has a new president, new leadership and new energy,” said Simons. “I envy you.”

New Utica/Rome Chapter President Linda Weber said she was eager to learn about labor relations and share that information with her chapter’s members.

“Informed union members are the best way to help keep things running smoothly,” she said.

Emma Paden, SUNY Cobleskill’s acting Vice President for Professionals, said she decided to get involved in union leadership to provide a voice for professionals on her campus. Brian Harte, Canton’s new Vice President for Academics, said he stepped up because he wanted make a difference.

“This is something I wanted to do to help the people at my campus and my colleagues,” he said.


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