BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Thomas J. Tucker, president of the Buffalo
Center Chapter of United University Professions (UUP) at the
University at Buffalo, will receive the Regional Outstanding Leader
Award from the Western New York Region of New York State United
Teachers (NYSUT) at that union's 25th Annual Awards Dinner, to be
held June 7 at Samuel's Grand Manor, 8750 Main St. in
Tucker, scene shop supervisor in the UB Center for the Arts,
will be the first labor leader from higher education to receive the
award, the most prestigious presented by this NYSUT region, which
represents more than 19,000 members throughout Erie, Genesee,
Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Those interested in attending the dinner can contact Camille Irr
at the NYSUT WNY regional office, 634-7132, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSUT Regional Staff Director Michael Deely, says, "Tom Tucker
was selected to receive this coveted award because of his long-time
full engagement in and commitment to higher education and K through
"He represents this NYSUT region as a member of the executive
board of the Buffalo AFL-CIO," says Deely, "and has for many years
selflessly participated in political action work, leadership
councils, workshops and many other union efforts on behalf of
students, teachers, professors and professional staff members."
UUP is a state-wide local of NYSUT and Tucker has held several
UUP chapter offices, including vice president for professionals and
grievance chair for professional staff. He also is delegate to the
state-wide UUP Delegate Assembly, a UUP delegate to the NYSUT
Representative Assembly and serves as UUP's statewide coordinator
for VOTE Cope, the NYSUT political action committee.