November 21, 2013

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Building coalitions key to outreach, trainers say

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Tom Tucker, right, Outreach Committee Co-chair, addresses a committee training seminar as fellow co-chair Arty Shertzer listens.

Tucker stressed the importance of building coalitions with community groups.

“We need to reach out to leave a bigger footprint,” Tucker said. “The more people from other groups UUP brings with us to meetings with state lawmakers, the greater the impact we will have.”

UUP President Fred Kowal led the meeting at UUP headquarters in Latham, and was joined by three statewide officers; Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler, Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham and Secretary Eileen Landy.

Members from UUP’s UAlbany, Delhi, Empire State College, New Paltz and Oneonta chapters attended the Nov. 18 meeting.

Kowal outlined the most pressing issues before them, led by the continuing struggle to save SUNY Downstate from closure or privatization. He said the union’s priority is to convince state lawmakers to support the UUP-backed plan by prominent health care consultant Fred Hyde.

“Our plan is the only plan that is out there,” Kowal said.

The eastern New York meeting was the fourth in a series of Outreach Committee training sessions. The committee also held sessions in New York City, Long Island and Syracuse.

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