Members of United University Professions (UUP) will hold a rally at SUNY Cortland today (March 3) urging legislators to increase state funding to the University in the 2020-21 budget.
UUP leaders from Cortland will join students and community members on the steps of Corey Union at 3 pm, with a rain location set for the Corey Union Function Room.
About 100 people are expected, with speakers including UUP President Fred Kowal and Cortland Chapter President Jaclyn Pittsley.
Also speaking will be Cortland County Legislators Susan Wilson and Beau Harbin, along with SUNY Cortland students and representatives of NYPIRG.
Today’s rally is the latest of ten UUP events held at SUNY campuses since last Tuesday (Feb. 25).
Nearly a dozen are struggling to close budget deficits largely because of shortfalls in state funding, including SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Fredonia and SUNY New Paltz.
Additionally, UUP is calling for $75 million in the 2020-21 state budget to close the TAP Gap on all SUNY state-operated campuses.
SUNY campuses currently pay millions to cover the TAP Gap, which is the difference between full tuition and state funding for TAP students.
UUP represents 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees, with members at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health sciences centers in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Long Island and Syracuse.
It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.