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September 13, 2013

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Standing up for Downstate's patients and employees


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UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler (inset) addresses a Sept. 12 rally outside SUNY Downstate to save vital health care services and jobs at University Hospital of Brooklyn.

More than 100 supporters held signs, chanted and listened to speakers urging the governor and state lawmakers to stop any moves to downsize or privatize Downstate.

"Our fight in Brooklyn is part of a much broader statewide fight against the privatization and downsizing of SUNY," UUP VP for Academics Jamie Dangler told the Sept.12 rally. "You are not alone. UUP is activating our members in all corners of the state to fight in support of Brooklyn and in support of public higher education and public medical services." Two other statewide officers-- Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham and Membership Development Officer Edison Bond, Jr.-- also participated in the rally.

The rally comes weeks after 65 UUP members at the hospital were told they were losing their jobs. Another 120 employees face termination on Sept. 25.

The demonstration was organized by the SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders, which includes UUP.


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