Welcome to The Voice Podcast, the official podcast of United University Professions, the nation's largest higher education union. In our debut podcast, UUP President Fred Kowal talks with past UUP President Nuala Drescher.
Drescher, who served from 1981 through 1987, is the union's first woman president. A Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Drescher oversaw the overwhelming ratification of two three-year contracts with the state.
Those contracts also created what is now the UUP-SUNY Joint Labor Management Committees. One of those programs, the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Diversity and Inclusion Leave Program, is named for her.
UUP represents the faculty and professional staff at state-operated SUNY campuses and public teaching hospitals across New York state.
UUP is Local 2190 of the statewide union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).