Stony Brook HSC Chapter of UUP


Negotiations Update


The SUNY Policies have been updated. For the latest version CLICK HERE

The 2011-2016 UUP/NYS Collective Bargaining Agreement is available online. To reference the
contract CLICK HERE

UUP is in the process of generating and distributing Hardcopy CBA booklets which will be available soon.

For highlights of the tentative Agreement CLICK HERE

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
(Login:nys Password:balance all lower case)

Upcoming Events

March 2015
03/13-14   NYSUT Health and Safety Conference Saratoga
03/18   Chapter Election Ballots are Due in Albany
03/20-22   Chapter Presidents/Vice Presidents Retreat AND New Union & Labor Activists Workshop
April 2015
04/01   RALLY AGAINST Trans pacific partnership  for details CLICK HERE
04/17-18   UUP Spring 2015 DA Saratoga
04/21   Chapter Executive Board Meeting
04/22   COARM LI Regional Meeting, Stony Brook Hilton Hotel
04/23   PreRetirement Workshop 1p Dental School
04/23   PreRetirement Workshop 5p Hospital
04/24   PreRetirement Workshop 12p Hospital
04/25   LIRR trip to NYC from Ronkonkoma CLICK HERE for details
04/27   I FED AFL/CIO Annual Congressional Night 6P-8P- ALL Welcome – For Details CLICK HERE
04/28   Rev. Wm Barber & the Moral Monday Movement 7p SB SAC for Information CLICK HERE
May 2015
05/01-02   NYSUT Representative Assembly Buffalo
05/14   Chapter Affirmative Action Event - A Taste of Asia
05/19   Chapter Executive Board Meeting
June 2015
06/03   6p LI Professional Conference, Long Island Hilton Melville (watch for flyers)
06/03   NOON  UUP New Delegates Workshop  SB Hilton
06/03   6P UUP LI Regional Professional Conference SB Hilton
06/16   Chapter Executive Board Meeting
July 2015
07/08   Chapter Affirmative Action Event
07/18   Saturday 4p-8:30p Fishing Trip on the Celtic Quest (watch for flyers)
August 2015
08/xx   Chapter Membership Event
October 2015
10/xx   Chapter Affirmative Action Event - Latino & Caribbean Experience
10/07   SPRING 2016 Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program Application Due

Chapter News

For the  2015 SB HSC UUP Chapter Election results CLICK HERE

For a complete list of all 2015 UUP chapter election results CLICK HERE

2015-2017 Chapter Elections Calendar is available HERE
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.
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.

Sharon Hines

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

Chapter Bylaws
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.

The 1990 Bylaws can be accessed HERE

The 2012 Proposed Bylaws can be accessed HERE

Smoking Policy Update
To view the Smoking Policy CLICK HERE

Statewide News

Our Teacher Education programs and students need our help.
to learn more about UUP's Teacher Education Task Force efforts and to find out what you can do to help.

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

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 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.

Affiliate News

Description: 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

Description: NYSUT 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.

Description: 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

Description: American Federation of Teachers logo 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. Sharon Hines

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".

Political Action

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.

Do you know what is happening at SUNY Downstate Medical Center?
Read the MRT Workgroup Proposal and why UUP opposes the Proposal at

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

Want to hear more Local LABOR News?

Listen to Labor Lines online at
and listen to UCOMMM Radio online at
and listen to WAMC Northeast Public Radio CLICK HERE



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