Sept. 4, 2014

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Accent on activism at Albany Chapter barbecue

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UUP President Fred Kowal urges Albany Chapter UUPers to get politically active at a Sept. 4 semester kickoff barbecue.

The outdoor luncheon drew nearly 300 chapter members—a record turnout—including some who had never attended a chapter event before.

Kowal reminded members that this is an election year and there are a number of important races—especially in the state Senate—that will determine whether we elect a legislature that supports public education, SUNY, and other issues of importance to UUP members.

One of UUP’s priorities is to get out the vote for lawmakers who support labor, and Kowal said Albany Chapter members can do their part by helping to re-elect Sens. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) and Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck).

“It’s crucial that pro-education, pro-labor legislators hold these seats,” Kowal said. “We need your help to make that happen.”

Kowal was welcomed by Albany Chapter President Bret Benjamin, who encouraged his chapter’s members to contribute to VOTE-COPE, NYSUT’s nonpartisan political action fund.

“A couple of bucks every pay period will help us a lot,” Benjamin said.

Several statewide officers attended the barbecue, including Secretary Eileen Landy, second from right, who helped serve meals to hundreds of hungry members. Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler, Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham and Membership Development Officer Edison Bond Jr. also were there to meet chapter members.

UUP officers have attended similar events at chapters across the state this year as part of Kowal’s plan to forge stronger ties with chapters.

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