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

NEWs regarding Individual Development Awards (IDA aka PDA) - Deadline extended to April 7, 2014
Awards up to $1000 can be granted for professional development activities occurring within the period JULY 1, 2013 thru JUNE 30, 2014. Applications for activities occurring in any other period will not be considered. The SB HSC Chapter of UUP is accepting applications until February 12, 2014. Instructions for completing the application can be found at Construct your application including a budget summary by using the online application form which can be accessed at Include copies of your Receipts with your application. Do not send original receipts with your application. Original receipts are required for submission after you are notified of your award amount, so, be sure to keep the original receipts for submission at that time. Be sure to sign the printed application. Submit 2 copies of the above documents to: SB HSC UUP Office: HSC Level-5 Room 572 (Zip 8553). If any item is missing your application is INCOMPLETE and may not be considered for the award.

NEW DHMO Delta Dental Option for more information CLICK HERE Or Call the UUP Benefit Trust Fund at
1 800-UUP-FUND

VACATION DAY LIMIT increased to 42 days for year ending 2013
An agreement between UUP & SUNY was reached Oct 1, 2013 which will adjust the limit for accumulated vacation days up from 40 days to 42 days for the year ending 2013.

Flexible Spending Account
The 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and New York State provides provisions for funding Flexible Spending Account programs. The 2014 open enrollment period for the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and theDependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) programs is Sept. 30–Nov. 8, 2013.
For Enrollment CLICK HERE

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

February 2014
02/11   Chapter Officers Meeting
02/12   Last day to submit Individual Development Award Application (IDA / PDA) to Chapter Office Application deadline extended to April 7
02/13   Chapter Finance Committee Budget Prep Meeting
02/17   President's Day
02/18   Chapter Exec Board Meeting
02/24-25   Higher Ed Lobby Day Albany
March 2014
03/03   12:30p Know your Contract Workshop - Hospital
03/03   5:00p Know your Contract Workshop - LISVH
03/04   Officers Meeting
03/05   6:30p Huntington Hilton, NYSUT RA Delegates should attend this important “Meet the Candidates” Forum
03/10   12:30p Know Your Contract Workshop - Tech Park
03/10   4:00p Know Your Contract Workshop - Dental School
03/11   Grievance Committee Meeting
03/13   NOON Chapter Membership Meeting  HSC LH3 - all UUP Members should attend
03/18   Chapter Exec Board Meeting  
03/28-30   UUP Leadership Workshops Cooperstown
April 2014
04/01   Officers Meeting
04/04-06   NYSUT RA, NYC
04/07   Last day to submit Individual Development Award Application (IDA / PDA) to Chapter Office Application deadline extended to April 7
04/08   Grievance Committee Meeting
04/14   NOON Know Your Contact Workshop Flowerfield Conference Room
04/15   Chapter Exec Board Meeting  
04/15   COARM Retiree Lunch Meeting at Stony Brook Hilton
04/23   12:30p Pre-Retirement Workshop LISHV Ed Center
04/23   5:15p Pre-Retirement Workshop Hospital Lobby Conf Rm 1 and 2
04/26   NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Health Care Troy, NY CLICK HERE for more Information
May 2014
05/02-03   UUP Spring Delegate Assembly - Albany
05/06   Officers Meeting
05/10   LIRR trip to NYC For Information Click Here To register Click Here
05/13   Grievance Committee Meeting
05/16   May Day Social at Benchwarmers-wear your UNION BLING- RSVP to 4-1505 
05/20   Chapter Exec Board Meeting  
05/26   Memorial Day
June 2014
06/05-07   How Class Works Conference at SUNY Stony brook. CLICK HERE for more information
06/07   UUP LI Regional Professional Workshop Melville (watch for Flyers)
06/xx   A Sunday Afternoon at Baiting Hollow Winery  (watch for Flyers)
July 2014
07/11-14   AFT Convention  LA, CA
07/19   Fishing Trip Celtic Quest out of Port Jefferson (watch for Flyers)
07/26-31   Northeast Summer School For Union Women at Queens College
September 2014
09/20   LIRR trip to NYC
October 2014
10/25   Halloween Party

Chapter News

Sharon HinesOur wonderful Chapter Assistant, Sharon Hines has retired after 23 years of service. Sharon worked side by side with 6 chapter presidents (Michael Silverberg, Ed Alleyne, John Marino, Ed Drummond, Kathy Southerton and Carol Gizzi), 12 chapter executive boards and watched the chapter membership grow from 1800 to more than 4000 members.

Sharon was honored at a reception in the Hospital Cafeteria North Dining Room on her last day, January 2, 2014, and at a Special Chapter Executive Board meeting on January 14, 2014 The chapter Executive Board present Sharon with many gifts and also unanimously approved a resolution that declared Sharon be awarded the title of UUP SB HSC Chapter Assistant Emeritus. Sharon also attended the Winter 2013 Delegate Assembly in Albany and was presented with a plaque commemorating her 23 years of service to the chapter.

We are actively seeking to hire a Chapter Assistant. It will be difficult to find someone to fill Sharon's shoes. Please click here for position information.

Chapter Elections
Candidate statements are available in a special election's edition of our chapter newsletter, Bridges. To view the newsletter online CLICK HERE

Chapter Elections were closed March 20, 2013


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

  edTPA is a new student teacher performance assessment that is impacting our students, colleagues, and   teacher preparation programs across SUNY.   To find out more about edTPA CLICK HERE and click on

Register for Higher Ed Advocacy Day Feb Tuesday& Wednesday, February 25and 26, 2014 CLICK HERE

We are pleased to announce the 2014 United University Professions College Scholarship competition.

Eligible candidates will: 

  • be full-time undergraduate students at a state-operated campus of SUNY
  • demonstrate a tireless quest for academic and personal excellence; and
  • have completed at least 18 credit hours at any SUNY campus with a grade point average of at least 3.75.

The undergraduate application form and brochure can be found HERE

The graduate application form and brochure can be found HERE

Fred Kowal elected as the next Statewide UUP President

At the Spring 2013 DA in May, elections were conducted for Statewide President Statewide Secretary, Statewide Membership Development Officer and 8 Statewide Executive Board seats.

Fred Kowal was elected as our next Statewide UUP President.

For all statewide election results CLICK HERE

Effective June 1, 2013 our new Statewide Officers and Executive Board take office

For a list of all Statewide Officers and Executive Board Members CLICK HERE

More representation for our contingents
At the 2013 Winter Delegate Assembly, a Constitutional Amendement was proposed and adopted which states that the Officer for Contingents shall be an additional delegate regardless of category. The Officer for Contingents shall not affect the Delegate Allocation for the chapter as specified in ARTICLE VIII. Section 2. c.

Political Action

Watch UUP's ad advocating for SUNY CLICK HERE

Consider calling 1-888-866-256 to remind your state legislators to fund SUNY campuses and hospitals.
When you call from your cell phone, you will hear a pre-recorded message from Fred Kowal. You will be asked to key in your ZIP code and you will be automatically directed you to your senator or Assembly member.

In the next couple of weeks the legislature and the governor will be finalizing SUNY's budget. Add your voice to the push to get the funding we need for SUNY!

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.

Advocacy for SUNY in Albany
UUP will be joining our Brooklyn allies in an URGENT day of legislative advocacy on Tuesday, March 25th. We will be delivering the message that SUNY's Downstate Medical Center must remain a full service, public hospital. All UUP members are urged to join us for this important political action. To register and for additional information, please contact Celine Mell (; 800-342-4206)

What about LICH?
LICH, the Long Island College Hospital, was acquired by Brooklyn Downstate Medical only to have its campus president recommend that the facility be closed. On February 8, 2013 Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented that recommendation at a meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees.
To read more about this recommendation CLICK HERE

The facility will remain open (and probably continue losing money) until the DOH acts to approve the closure.
There is speculation that the DOH will not allow the closure, but only time will tell. UUP has members working at both Brooklyn Downstate and at LICH.

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

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Listen to Labor Lines online at
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Did you know that all of our Chapter newsletters have been archived and are available on the SUNY digital repository (aka SUNY DSpace)?
To read all the back issues from 1978 to the present, go to: