Higher Ed Union Leaders Testimony 2023
In legislative budget hearings, higher ed union leaders strongly called for lawmakers to support the New Deal for Higher Education and significantly boost funding for SUNY, CUNY and community colleges. Fred Kowal, president of United University Professions, noted all but six SUNY campuses have deficits and are in serious financial jeopardy. James Davis, president of Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, called for minimum staff-to-student ratios for full-time faculty, academic advisors and mental health counselors. Andy Sako, president of the Faculty Federation of Erie Community College, said state funding is woefully inadequate and threatening student access.