June 15, 2015

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New chapter presidents learn the ropes

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Seven newly elected UUP chapter leaders learned about their new responsibilities and obligations during an orientation session June 15 at union headquarters in Latham. Pictured above are new chapter presidents Beth Wilson of New Paltz and Brian Harte of Canton.

The new leaders received advice and guidance from President Fred Kowal and UUP’s statewide officers. Other new chapter presidents at the meeting were Joe Petrick of Alfred, Jose Torre of Brockport, Dan Klossner of Delhi, Vicki Janik of Farmingdale and Steve Hinkle of Morrisville.

Kowal encouraged the fledgling chapter presidents to invite UUP’s statewide officers to their campuses to meet with members and talk about important union issues.

At the symposium, participants took a long look at issues such as civil rights, social justice and the relentless assault on higher education and organized labor.

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Kowal told the group that they are taking on leadership roles at a challenging time in the union’s history.

The conference featured panel discussions such as “Civil Rights & Labor Rights in the Future of Higher Education” and “Opposing Privatization of Public Higher Education and Affirming Social Justice for All: Issues from the CFHE Educators of Color Caucus.”

“We are under attack as never before,” he said. To cope in that environment, Kowal said new leaders should make growing their chapters a top priority.

“You must sign up members on your campuses, and create a corps of activists,” he said.

As part of their orientation, the group also got a tour of the state Capitol, visited UUP’s headquarters and listened to a presentation from UUP’s Communications department.

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