Buffalo, NY, United States
Monday Actions Meetings at 5 in GSEU Office, 200A Commons

Monday, March 29, 2010


Media Advisory



WHO- Graduate Student Employees Union (CWA Local 1104) and UB Students Against Sweatshops are cosponsoring the Rally

WHAT- Protest against SUNY funding cuts in the proposed New York State Budget and against PHEEIA (Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act- S06607A)

WHERE- University at Buffalo North Campus, Founders Plaza (outside Capen Hall)

WHEN- 12 Noon on Wednesday, March 31st

WHY- To save Public Higher Education

Contact: Chris Buckman of Graduate Student Employees Union 646-660-2775

facebook event:!/event.php?eid=107403882617595&ref=ts

Thursday, November 19, 2009


On Thursday November 12th on UB’s South Campus UBSAS hosted a forum on Public Education in the face of budget cuts and legislation like New York State Assembly-Senate Bill 2020 part of University President Simpson’s UB 2020 vision. Participants included representatives from United University Professions (UUP), the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) CWA1104, Buffalo Class Action, and students from African and African American studies, and Global Gender Studies. There were about thirty participants and lively discussion about how we can stop the University from using the budget cuts as an excuse to abuse students and workers through privatization, the destruction of marginalized departments, and the dismantling of any democratic structures that may exist in the University. Privatization means taking away any idea that UB may be a institute of higher learning and not simply a money making venture; only departments that could make the University money would be kept, many workers on campus would become contracted out loosing the protections of being in a union, and tuition would inevitably rise without corresponding raises in financial aid squeezing out working class students. Some of these are part of the proposals in the Assembly-Senate Bill 2020, but whether or not this bill passes the University will use the excuse of budget cuts to destroy the democracy and mission of the University. We are seeing this across the country as Universities willy-nilly cut worker’s salaries and benefits, raise tuition, cut departments, but continue to pay exorbitant salaries to administrators, and break ground on new building projects. Participants left the forum hoping to form a coalition to tackle the corporatization of our University (which in the direction it is heading will no longer even remotely be our University). If you are interested in more information or in getting involved please contact us at .

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

UB Classist? UB Sexist? UB Racist? UB 2020???

between this blog, the statement issued by the UUP, and in our own research, UB Students Against Sweatshops have found many faults in the legislation that we feel will be very harmful to working class students and the Buffalo Community (which as we all must know by now, Buffalo has been in the top 3 poorest major cities in America the past few years). our three main areas of concern are:

UB having the power to raise tuition without going through Albany
UB having the power to buy & sell property without going through Albany
UB being able to privatize key funtions of the university.

Which has led us to this official announcement:

Let’s Make Sure UB2020
Works for New York

At a time when working families are struggling to pay the bills, UB administration wants the power to Raise Tuition without approval from New York State. Our economy is in shambles due to deregulation and corporate greed, and they want to privatize key university functions and control UB property with no oversight…while threatening to wipe out progressive programs like Global Gender Studies and African American Studies. Let’s make sure we keep the goals of our university in mind as we bring UB into the future. The people of New York have a right to public education!

Open Discussion on Public Education
Thursday, November 12, 5PM
Kimball 111, UB South Campus

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Victory Party!

come out- we want to work on a SUNY-wide DSP, on tuition issues, and let you know how UB cutting out contract with Russel in June affects workers in Chiloma, Honduras.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

UB signs onto the Designated Supplier Program and chooses not to renew contract with Russell

Hello everyone,

Just an update on the Designated Supplier Program. The University has agreed to join the DSP working group, which will ensure that all apparel bearing the UB logo will be produced in factories where workers rights are respected, in respect to wages, working conditions and the right to organize. UB will be joining over 45 other universities in committing to the rights of workers.

UB has also agreed not to renew their contract with Russell Athletics when it expires in June, a company that produces UB apparel. Russell had a union busting campaign in a factory in Honduras, Jerzees de Honduras, that ended in them closing the factory. Two independent monitoring agencies; the Workers' Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association determined that the factory was closed because of union activity. UB joins 23 other Universities in cutting their contract with Russell Athletics.


The University will be releasing an official public statement within the week.
so until then we can celebrate- but not too loudly, haha!

<3 ubsas

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Joanna Boron (716)903-7532
Kate Riehlman (315)382-6674

10,000 Take Part in Coast-to-Coast Protests at Major U.S. Banks Today Show Public Anger Over Bonuses, CEO, Corporate Excess; Call on Congress To Act on Employee Free Choice,Health Care, Banking Reform

Buffalo Residents, UB Students Demonstrate at Bank of America in Tonawanda as Part of 100 Actions Spanning 35 States

Buffalo, NY– In approximately 100 actions in 35 states today, some 10,000 Americans in communities large and small, urban and rural, took to the streets outside the offices and branches of major U.S. banks to demonstrate the growing public frustration with an economy weakened by years of corporate excess at the expense of broader prosperity.

Here in Western New York, working families and students demonstrated at Bank of America in Tonawanda (1188 Niagara Falls Blvd.) with signs that had a message aimed at the U.S. Congress: “It’s Time for an Economy that Works for Everyone.”

“Bank of America’s behavior both before and since the taxpayer bailout makes it a prime example of the kind of corporate excess that’s draining so much out of our families, our communities, and our economy,” said Joanna Boron, member of UB Students Against Sweatshops. “Top executives in these banks won’t rebuild our economy so it works for all of us. Congress needs to step in and do that through employee free choice, health care for all, and strong banking reform.”

Over the last two years, Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis has received $34.8 million in compensation, while the median wage for a teller at Bank of America hovers around the federal poverty line. Despite receiving $45 billion in federal taxpayer bailout funds since last fall, Bank of America has announced plans to lay off 30,000 to 35,000 workers, awarded $5.2 million in corporate bonuses (including Bank of America-owned Merrill Lynch), maintains a fleet of aircraft worth $360-$400 million, and continues to charge consumers some of the highest service fees in the industry. The bank also continues to make taxpayers pick up the tab for about $50 million a year in employee health care costs because many Bank of America workers cannot afford the company’s health insurance and must rely on public healthcare programs.

While taking billions from taxpayers, Bank of America lobbied last year against bills like the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights and the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008  and plays a leadership role on the Financial Services Roundtable, a financial industry group that lobbied against the Employee Free Choice Act in every quarter of 2008. The measure would make it easier for workers to bargain with employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions by ensuring they can exercise a free choice to join together in a union without management interference or intimidation.

“Americans have had enough of an era of unchecked corporate excess,” said Andy Stern, president of the 2-million member SEIU, the Service Employees International Union. “Congress needs to fix the underlying problems by ensuring workers can have a voice, health care, and a financial system that works for people, not lavish corporate lifestyles.”

The nationwide protests challenge Congress to take immediate steps to rebuild an economy that works for everyone by passing:
•The Employee Free Choice Act so workers have the freedom to form unions for a voice to share in the economic progress they help create.
•Affordable, quality health care for all where everyone, including big corporations, does their share and Americans no longer have to go without quality health care or face health costs that sink a family’s budget.
•Strong banking reform to make sure the financial services industry can never again bring our economy down by prioritizing huge profits and executive pay over responsible lending, or by preying on consumers, gambling with families’ hard-earned money, and hiding their dealings.
For more information on actions happening across the country, please visit


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Employee Free Choice Day of Action!

While most people in America today are making hard choices and sacrifices, big banks and corporate executives collect government bailouts and continue their lavish pay and lifestyles that drain families’ finances and sap our overall economy.

On March 19, 2009, thousands of people in cities nationwide will hold demonstrations at the offices of major banks to call on Congress to enact the real change that’s needed to end an era of corporate excess and rebuild an economy that works for everyone including freedom for workers to form unions and health care for all.

Join the Buffalo, NY Action Against Corporate Excess!

Thursday, March 19th, 3:30PM

Bank of America
1188 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Tonawanda, NY

*Action sponsors include:
UB Students Against Sweatshops & Coalition For Economic Justice

*If you need a ride, we'll have a few cars doing shuttles- also if have a car and plan on driving, and wouldn't mind providing a ride to a fellow activist or two, let us know!