Brooklyn faith-based and community leaders attend an Oct. 25 meeting in Brooklyn to collaborate on plans to save health care services and jobs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The meeting, convened by UUP, drew more than 100 people. The group named itself the SUNY Downstate Coalition: A Brooklyn-based organization of community, labor and faith-based leaders to fight for health care services and jobs at Downstate.
Dozens of Downstate Medical Center Chapter members carried signs and wore red UUP shirts printed with the words “Save Jobs at SUNY Downstate” as they marched in Brooklyn’s annual West Indies Day Parade on Sept. 3. UUPers marched with local and state legislators from Brooklyn to draw attention to the union’s fight to stop more than 1,000 job reductions planned at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
More than 100 UUPers from Downstate Medical Center -- led by Chapter President Rowena Blackman-Stroud -- rally in Brooklyn to protest layoffs at the facility. The July 16 informational picket coincided with a meeting attended by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Board of Trustees Chair Carl McCall, Downstate administrators, and state lawmakers from Brooklyn.
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