Aug. 22, 2014

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Kowal urges UUPers to volunteer, march, vote

Electing pro-education, pro-labor candidates in this year’s election is vital for UUP and organized labor across the state.

That’s why it’s so important for UUP members to volunteer to work with the union to help get these candidates through the September primaries and elected in November.

It starts by taking part in Labor Day parades Sept. 1 in Buffalo and Syracuse, and in the huge New York City Labor Day Parade Saturday, Sept. 6.

Sign up to march in the NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6!

“There is no way that I can overstate the importance of this election to all of us in UUP and all of us who work in SUNY,” UUP President Fred Kowal said in an Aug. 22 video message to members. “It’s vital that you vote in a primary and in the general election Nov. 4. These elections will go a long way toward determining what happens with (SUNY’s) budget next year and, down the road, our collective bargaining agreement.”

UUP is offering free bus rides for UUP members and their families to and from the New York City parade on Fifth Avenue. Buses will be available from Albany, Long Island, New Paltz and Syracuse. The parade, America’s largest Labor Day march, begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street, and continues up Fifth Avenue to 64th Street.

“We need to be there to show that we are strong and we are proud to be part of this union and the work that it does on behalf of our students, each other and our state university system,” Kowal said.

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