by Jie Zhang, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committee
"Ms. Blackman-Stroud is widely credited for organizing and spearheading a union-backed fight from 2012 through 2015 to block planned retrenchments. She singlehandedly assembled the SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor, and Community Leaders, which was instrumental in gaining legislative support to save jobs at our hospital.
During the pandemic, Ms. Blackman-Stroud demanded protective gear for UUP members and at SUNY’s public teaching hospitals in Stony Brook and Syracuse. She also pushed for and secured support for retention pay bonuses for frontline workers from UUP’s statewide and national affiliates, the New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Ms. Blackman-Stroud helped secure thousands of surgical gowns, gloves, and face masks for our frontline workers, achieving this during a severe nationwide PPE shortage. Her contributions to Downstate and the great State of New York are immeasurable, and we appreciate all she has done for us.
Please join us in honoring the life of Rowena Blackman-Stroud."
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