To view the 2011-2016 Contract Q & A (last updated July 11, 2013) CLICK HERE
The DATES when CONTRACTED PAY RAISES will be in your paycheck have been announced. CLICK HERE
For information about the Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) and changes to Empire Plan Health Insurance Premiums CLICK HERE
NEW DHMO Delta Dental Option for more information CLICK HERE
Enhanced DAVIS VISION BENEFIT is available. For more information CLICK HERE
For more information on these or any benefit, call the UUP Benefit Trust Fund at 1 800-UUP-FUND
Flexible Spending Account
2014 Claims Deadline is March 31, 2015
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2014 plan year have until March 31, 2015 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. CLICK HERE for more information.
Because of the Deficit Reduction Program imposed on NYS public sector workers by our governor and NYS legislators, your take home pay will be smaller for a while. If you are having trouble meeting your financial obligations, you may want to speak with staff at NYS Work Life Program CLICK HERE or NYS Balance CLICK HERE
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
Vacation days Reset to 40
One vacation day is added to the accrual balance of all employees who accrue vacation leave
SPRING 2016 Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program Application Due
2015-2017 Chapter Elections Calendar is availableHERE If you plan to run in 2015 for a position as UUP chapter delegate and/or UUP chapter officer, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the 2015-2017 election calendar and election procedures including campaign material distribution procedures.
Chapter officer candidates may submit a candidate statement for publication in an election edition of our chapter newsletter. Candidate statements MUST be received by the Chapter Communications Committee Chair, Chris Romano, AND the Chapter Newsletter Editor, Pamela White, NO LATER than close of business February 11, 2015. Please limit your submission to 300 words or less Candidate statements may include a photo. Candidate statements and photos will be printed exactly as submitted. Refer any questions regarding a candidate statement to Chris Romano or Pamela White.
The 2015 election edition of our chapter newsletter BRIDGES is available online. CLICK HERE
UUP chapter ballots will arrive at your home via USMAIL shortly after February 18.
Look for a UUP envelope in your mail at home. TO VOTE,
Mark your ballot.
Place your ballot in the ballot envelope provided. SEAL IT.
Place the ballot envelope into the mailing envelope provided. SEAL IT.
Mail your ballot via USMAIL.
Ballots must be RECEIVED in Allbany NO LATER than MARCH 18.
Your VOTE is important. Be sure to return your ballot before the MARCH 18 deadline.
NEWs regarding Individual Development Awards (IDA aka PDA)
Awards can be granted for professional development activities occurring only within the period JULY 2, 2014 thru JULY 1, 2015. Applications for activities occurring in any other period will not be considered. The application deadline for submitting an Individual Development Awards to the SB HSC Chapter office is FEBRUARY 18, 2015.
CLICK HERE for more details
VACATION DAY LIMIT set back to 40 days for year ending 2014
The Coalition of Active Retired Members (COARM) LI Regional Meeting
Are you a retired UUP member? Consider attending The next LI Regional COARM Meeting scheduled for
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Stony Brook Hilton Hotel. Contact the chapter office for details.
Please welcome our new Chapter Assistant Valerie Goldman.
Valerie was selected from a large pool of capable applicants. She has been a wonderful addition to our office. She is organized and efficient and she has certainly helped the office run smoothly. Valerie joined our chapter in April 2014. If you haven't already met Valerie, please stop in and say hi.
For 2013 SB HSC Chapter Election RESULTS CLICK HERE
The Bylaws Committee will continue their work. Our chapter bylaws need to be updated to be in line with the UUP statewide constitution. Please watch for announcements regarding the bylaws.
Smoking Policy Update
To view the Smoking Policy CLICK HERE
The 2015 Winter Delegate Assemble was held at the Downtown Albany Hilton January 25-26. Even with winter storms looming union business proceeded as planned and two statewide elections were conducted. Fred Kowal and the officers will be making regional visits to talk with campus UUP leaders in smaller groups to gather grass roots information about the needs and day to day operation of the chapters. All with serving the needs of the members. Membership Development Officer (MDO) elected to complete the Term of Edison Bond.
Our Statewide UUP Membership Development Officer, Edison Bond, Jr., stepped down as MDO effective Dec 2014. Our UUP Constitution requires that an election be held to fill the office of MDO for the remainder of the term, which is through May 31, 2015. Ray Gleason of SUNY Alfred State College was appointed to fill the position until this election could be held. At the Winter 2015 DA (January 25-26, 2015) an election for MDO was conducted. Candidates for the position were Artie Shertzer of SUNY Stony Brook and Tom Hoey of SUNY Albany. The candidates were both very qualified and the election was very close. Artie Shertzer was elected MDO and will fill the remainder of Edison Bond’s term ending May 31, 2015.
A statewide election will be conducted to elect an MDO for the 2015-2017 term at the 2015 Spring DA (April 17-18, 2015). Candidates for this position who wish their candidate's statement to be published in The Voice and to appear on the UUP statewide website must follow the election policy available online at www.uupinfo.org
Tom Hoey of SUNY Albany was elected to fill the Professional Executive Board member seat vacated by Artie Shertzer as the result of his election as MDO.
2014 Nina Mitchell Award for Distinguished Service
The 2014 Nina Mitchell Award for Distinguished Service has been awarded to Ed Drummond and Jeanne Galbraith, both retired from SB HSC Chapter, and Candy Merbler retired from SUNY Albany Chapter. An article in the September/October 2014 issue of the Voice highlights their achievement and service to UUP. To read the article CLICK HERE
The 2014 summer issue of The Voice is an "online only" issue accessible HERE
UUP's Communications Department is working on an new online format for The Voice. In the coming months we will publish additional "online only" editions in a new format to supplement the hard copy issues that are mailed to members' homes. We are moving toward a mix of hard copy and online issues in order to cut costs and accommodate member suggestions for more easily readable and accessible online editions.
Past issues of The Voice are available online on the UUP home page
edTPA edTPA is a new student teacher performance assessment that is impacting our students, colleagues, and teacher preparation programs across SUNY and the state. To learn more about edTPA CLICK HERE
UUP DA Election results May 3, 2014
Delegates overwhelmingly supported their leadership team by re-electing all incumbent officers and board members to their statewide posts for another two-year term. Re-elected without opposition were VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, VP for Professionals Philippe Abraham, and Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud.
Unopposed for re-election to the board were Mike Lyon of Upstate Medical University and Carolyn Kube of Stony Brook HSC. Incumbents Ray Gleason of Alfred and Idalia Torres of Fredonia held off challenges to retain their board seats. Gleason defeated Todd Bates of Canton; Torres beat Tom Hoey of Albany and Bates. Ezra Zubrow of Buffalo Center was elected for the first time since 2007-2008; he defeated Joe Petrick of Alfred.
NYSUT RA Election results April 5, 2014
Karen Magee, the union’s first woman president, was elected by NYSUT delegates at the 2014 Representative Assembly, April 4-6 in New York City.
RA delegates also re-elected Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta and voted for three new leaders—vice presidents Catalina Fortino and Paul Pecorale, and Secretary-Treasurer Martin Messner.
UUP President, Fred Kowal and three other UUPers—VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud (who was re-elected), and Tom Tucker, Buffalo Center Chapter president and Outreach Committee co-chair—were elected to the NYSUT Board of Directors.
Member Action Center (MAC ) is available to all UUP members along with the use of the web portal to send emails and electronic letters to state officials advocating for our initiatives. Delegates can also sign up for NYSUT email blasts by texting 38470 with the message NYSUT. For more information on NYSUT MAC CLICK HERE
The biennial Health and Safety Conference is scheduled to be held March 13-14, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs. The conference offers 25 workshops, including topics for every level of experience, Highlights include: How to Conduct a Building Walkthrough, Workplace Bullying, Higher Education Emergency Preparedness, Science Lab Safety, Establishing a Health and Safety Committee, Hazards of Building Construction and Renovation, Workplace Stress, Social Media and Cyber Safety.
For more conference information including registration materials CLICK HERE
Contact your local president for approval to attend. Deadline to register is Feb 13. For additional information, call Andrea Tersigni, NYSUT Program Services, at 800-342-9810, ext. 6118.
LEAD Institute The Leadership Education Action Development Institute (LEAD) is offering a new series of online workshops for UUP leaders, prospective leaders and members interested in getting more involved with the union. The 60-minute workshops, developed by NYSUT, are set to debut in February. They are free and available 24 hours a day. To register CLICK HERE
Some of the themes to be covered in the online courses are contract enforcement, member engagement, and professional and union leadership development. For more information and to view the course offerings, CLICK HERE
2014 AFT Convention was held in Los Angeles July 11-14 . Randi Weingarten was re-elected to her fourth two-year term as the federation’s president at the AFT Convention. UUP President Fred Kowal and NYSUT President Karen Magee were elected as AFT vice presidents for the first time at the convention in Los Angeles.
Many UUP delegates from across the state attended the AFT Convention in LA. Two important resolutions pertaining to contingent employees were passed at the AFT Convention. They are the "Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Eligibility for Part-Time Faculty" resolution submitted by UUP and the "Ending the Exploitation of and the Reliance on a Contingent Academic Labor System in Higher Education" resolution submitted by AFT's Executive Council.
These two resolutions, plus the "edTPA" resolution submitted by UUP and PSC, were selected as the top three resolutions from the Higher Education Committee. Thanks to our UUP delegates who spoke to these resolutions during the Higher Education Committee meeting at the Convention and a special thanks to UUP Executive Board member Anne Wiegard for delivering strong and informative statements on the convention floor in support of both contingent employee resolutions.
New NYSUT Membership Cards will be mailed soon.
As a member of UUP you are also a member of NYSUT. You will receive your new NYSUT membership card by mail at your home address shortly. These valuable cards come with a new feature this year: a miniature version for a key ring that lets members conveniently access benefits and discounts, as well as streamlined check in to local and statewide union events.
Be on the lookout for your new card. You will also receive material outlining the details of the growing array of NYSUT Member Benefits along with a brief guide to "what membership means to you".
Everything that happens at SUNY Stony Brook is decided by the NYS legislators and the governor. Your involvement in the political process influences our elected officials. Make your voice heard.
February 25, 2015: A National Day for Adjunct Awareness and Actions The National Mobilization for Equity (NME) endorses the National Adjunct Walkout Day scheduled for February 25, 2015, with the provision that NME does not support, encourage or condone anyone violating state laws.
PLEASE NOTE, under New York State law, no public employee or employee organization can instigate, encourage, or condone a strike or a similar action. UUP IS NOT encouraging any activity that might be considered a violation of NYS law.
NME does strongly support collective action, which may take many forms. Adjuncts and their allies should develop varied strategies to end the abuse and exploitation of contingent academic labor throughout higher education. For more information about this movement CLICK HERE
The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL)
Are you a CONTINGENT employee? Are you ineligible to achieve Permanent or Continuing Appointment (tenure)? Are you part time, per diem, or temporary? Are you a clinical professor or considered adjunct faculty? Do you hold a title listed in Appendix A B or C of Article XI of the SUNY Board of Trustees? If you fit any of these descriptions, you are a CONTINGENT.
As a Contingent, the condition of adjunct faculty is your condition. Get involved in the movement to establish better job security, a guarantee of unemployment insurance, a consistency in health insurance coverage and higher wages for all contingent employees. For more information about the movement CLICK HERE
UUP Advocates for SUNY
Watch UUP's ad advocating for SUNY CLICK HERE
What about Southampton Hospital?
Have you heard that STONY BROOK MEDICINE and SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL have taken a major step toward a stronger partnership? CLICK HERE to read more about these plans.
For more information about what's going on at Brooklyn Downstate Medical CLICK HERE
It's easy to contact your legislators!Let your legislators know you oppose the closing of SUNY Downstate Medical Center CLICK HERE
Let your legislators know you want to continue to fund the HCOP Programs CLICK HERE
To receive interoffice mail where you work, your campus mailing address should match your actual WORK LOCATION.
You can update your campus mailing address from SOLAR.
To access SOLAR CLICK HERE
Under "Security and Personal Data" Click on "Office Address". Make any necessary changes and "save".
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