Chapter Election Candidate Bios

To better inform our membership, candidates for the 2023-2025 election cycle were offered the opportunity to provide a short paragraph or two about themself and why they think they would best fit the role they are running for.

President and Delegate
Brendan McGovern

Vice President for Academics and Delegate
Benita Roth

Vice President for Professionals and Delegate
Claire L. Kovacs

Alan Wang (Write in candidate)

Officer for Contingents
Renee C. Andrews
Byron Gittens

Academic Delegate Candidate Bios
Carl Gelderloos

Professional Delegate Candidate Bios
William Bellingham
Patrick Doyle
Lisa Gallagher
Courtney Ignarri
Donald Kunkel
Stuart L’Hommedieu
Troy Norton
Andy Morris (Write in candidate)
Casey Slocum
Alan Wang

Beat the Winter Blues

Have the cold, gray days got you down?
United University Professions (UUP), Binghamton Chapter invites faculty and professional staff to

“Beat the Winter Blues”
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mandela Room, University Union

Join us for hot hors d’oeuvres, mini pastries, cold beer, wine, soda, water, and good company. The Harpur Jazz Conspiracy Quartet will provide music.  There will be a short discussion of membership issues as part of the festivities.
This is a member-only event; membership cards will be available at the door to join UUP.

 For catering purposes, please RSVP  to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant, by Wednesday, March 8, at 777-4382 or email

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UUP member and Broome County booster goes to D.C

M. Stanley Whittingham

Article from Vol. 4 No 20, February 10, 2023, UUPconnect

Most people who had been invited to the State of the Union address and were about to have a private chat with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer might use that time to tout their accomplishments—especially if they were a Nobel Laureate.

Not M. Stanley Whittingham.

Whittingham—a Binghamton Chapter member, a distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science, and a 2019 Nobel Prize winner—said he planned to spend his precious time with Schumer touting Binghamton University and Broome County, where the campus is located.

“Anything we can do to get more, to get more traction to Binghamton, is good,” Whittingham said in a Feb. 7 Zoom interview from his hotel in Washington, D.C., as he prepared to attend the State of the Union address that evening as a guest of Schumer. “Clearly, one of our charges as a university is to help the state and help the region.”

As for Broome County? “It’s a great place to raise a family,” said the British-American Whittingham, who has spent most of his career at Binghamton. His wife, Georgina Whittingham, is also a UUP member at SUNY Oswego.

Whittingham won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in the development of lithium-ion batteries, which are now widely used in mobile devices such as cell phones and laptop computers, as well as most electric cars. A research building at Binghamton is named for him, and he’s been a leading voice in advocating for federal dollars to help fund innovations in battery technology and clean energy.

His meeting with Schumer before President Biden’s address to the nation was not the first time he’s spoken with the majority leader—who has also been a steady supporter of UUP and public higher education.

It was Schumer who backed Binghamton University’s successful proposal for the federal Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant. Binghamton’s proposal, the New Energy New York project, has received more than $113 million in federal and state funding for this project, which will expand research and workforce development in emerging battery technologies.

Binghamton was one of 60 proposals nationwide selected out of 529 applicants as a winner for Phase I of the grant, which provided $500,000 of startup funding, and which qualified Binghamton to go on to be selected as a winner.

Whittingham was instrumental in the development of the winning proposal, which has the potential to be an economic windfall for the Southern Tier. The region needs help: Broome County has the third-highest poverty rate in the state at 8.54%, based on a report on poverty in New York published in July 2022 by the New York State Community Action Association.

As exciting as the prospect of the Build Back Better project is, Whittingham said that he would like to see better state funding for SUNY, and certainly for his home campus. Campus infrastructure has not kept pace with the growth of the Binghamton student body, he said; there were 11,000 students when he started at Binghamton in 1998, and now there are 18,000.

“We could always use more money,” he said. “We’re desperately short of lecture halls on campus; we’re desperately short of dorm rooms. We need new research buildings on campus. Research funding is going up, but we have to have the facilities to house the students.”

And he is grateful that he can use the attention his research has garnered to call attention to both the highlights and the needs of his campus.

Said Whittingham of his once-in-a-lifetime night at a national event: “It’s an honor for me, but it is also an honor for Binghamton.”

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Weather Related Absences

Linked below is the November 15, 2022, Weather-Related Absences memo sent by human resources. UUP recommends that employees should be safe during hazardous weather conditions. You should work with your supervisors to ensure time is charged appropriately or, when appropriate, work remotely. Click here for the memo.

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Membership Organizing Institute

Membership Organizing Institute – the UUP Worksite Organizing Institute (WOI) in February 2023. UUP has worked closely with NYSUT to develop an opportunity for member organizers to receive tools and training to recruit new UUP members on campus. Member organizers participating in this one-semester opportunity will be paid a stipend for this work.

Participants will be trained on how to have effective organizing conversations with new hires and provided with worksite lists so they can contact non-members and give them a chance to join our union. Training will tentatively take place at the following locations on the following dates (we are in the process of securing exact locations within these regions):

Binghamton: Feb. 6 – 7
Albany: Feb. 8 – 9
Stony Brook: Feb. 15 – 16
Buffalo: Feb. 15 – 16

The training, technology, and guidance will be provided by NYSUT regional organizers and supported by UUP Organizers. You can sign up today by clicking here.

This program will support 25 UUP member organizers statewide and will run through April 16th. The member organizers will have the opportunity to visit colleagues at their own campus and colleagues at other SUNY campuses (except for Buffalo Center, which will only be visited by Buffalo Center members). To assist with proper Article 24 notification, Chapter Presidents and Labor Relation Specialists (LRSs) will be provided with the names of any members visiting non-members at the campus before their visit.

Space is limited! Registration will close on Dec. 16. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pre-Retirement Workshops

Our popular monthly Pre-Retirement Workshops will be offered this month on December 13th and 15th.

Part 1 will cover Healthcare /Medicare
Tuesday, December 13, noon-1 pm

Part 2 will cover Union benefits for dental/vision
Thursday, December 15, noon -1 pm

We split the workshop over two days so we could cover the topics in an hour, as there is much information to digest. Part 1 deals with Medicare and trading in sick days to pay for health insurance, and Part 2 deals with the available benefits, such as Vision and Dental care, that staying a member of the union provides.

It is essential to register now or at least a day before the workshop (Monday, December 12). Lisa usually sends the meeting Zoom link the morning of the workshop to the email address under which you register. Click here to register.

These workshops are not recorded due to privacy concerns and because some information may change.

University-Wide Benefits Fair

The University-Wide Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the UU-Mandela Room. Participants will include health insurance providers, retirement and financial planners, campus departments and retailers. This event will allow you the opportunity to speak directly with healthcare representatives who can answer your questions and concerns with upcoming enrollment. Door prizes will be offered. The fair is co-sponsored by United University Professions, CSEA and the Human Resources Office. For more information, contact Linda O’Branski at 607-777-4382 or

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Upcoming Events

United University Professions (UUP), Binghamton Chapter invites faculty and professional staff to “FALL FROLIC.”

Wednesday, October 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mandela Room, University Union 

Join us for hot hors d’oeuvres, mini pastries, beverages, and good company. 

Music will be provided by the Harpur Jazz Conspiracy Quartet. 

 There will be an opportunity during this event for members to directly ask questions to the UUP statewide chief negotiator, Bret Benjamin, as part of the festivities. 

This is a members-only event.  Membership cards 
will be available at the door to join UUP.

Please RSVP to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant, by Wednesday, October 19, at 777-4382 or email


Sign up for student debt clinics:

Time is running out to sign up for UUP student debt clinics in October to learn more about the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and income-driven repayment plans.

UUP members already enrolled in PSLF or are about to enroll can learn more about a limited waiver—that ends Oct. 31—to get previous student loan payments counted toward forgiveness, even if the borrower was not enrolled in PSLF at the time they made those payments.

Clinics will be offered:
Oct. 21:     2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 22:     9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Click HERE to register


Contingent Concerns

Negotiation town halls focusing on contingent concerns: Contingent employees can learn how UUP fights for contingents in new contract negotiations with the state at virtual town hall seminars on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

The seminars are open to members and non-members. The sessions will focus on UUP’s bargaining efforts to improve the working conditions of contingent employees. The presentations will be led by UUP Chief Negotiator Bret Benjamin and Counsel to President Elizabeth Hough.

These dates are:
October 26: 7 PM to 9 PM, register HERE
October 27: 12 PM to 2 PM, register HERE


2023 Legislative Agenda

2023 Legislative Agenda Town Hall: 2023 Legislative Agenda Town Hall Registration Form
The first session will be held this Friday, 10/21, at noon second session will be held next Tuesday, 10/25 at 6 PM
If you are unable to attend either of these meetings you can submit ideas for UUP’s Legislative Agenda through our online portal HERE

We had many successes last year due to the hard work of our members. And we have even greater opportunities to move our institutions forward if we work together. I encourage you to be active, participate in our advocacy efforts, and add your voice in advocating for our union and our common interests. Your ideas and suggestions are critical for us to create a comprehensive agenda that will gather political support across New York


Lea Webb

Join Lea Webb & UUP for:
Canvass to Win in Cortland
Saturday, Oct 22nd at 12 Noon
129 Port Watson St – Cortland
( Democratic Headquarters)
Big push to” KnocK Every Door” in Cortland
(We will be canvassing for Josh Riley for Congress as well )
Lea Webb will be there to Join Us
Pizza & Snacks
Bring a Friend Join the Fun
Sponsored by United University Professions and Other Community & Labor Friends
If you have questions, call 607-238-9452 or 607-444-5522