Need Help Managing Your Student Loan Debt?

Dear Colleagues,

Over 12 million people in the United States are struggling to make their monthly student loan payments, and millions more see economic and personal opportunities pass as they prioritize paying down their debt. Does this sound like you or someone you know?

Many of these people may qualify for free federal programs that can help reduce their monthly payments and eventually lead to student loan forgiveness, but these lifeline programs are significantly under-enrolled. In an effort to help our members get access to these programs, United University Professions and the American Federation of Teachers are proud to host a Student Debt Clinic which will provide information on how to enroll in Income-Driven Repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

We will be offering a Student Debt Clinic on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at SUNY Binghamton, UUW 324 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

 To attend a Student Debt Clinic, you must pre-register here: http://go.aft.org/StudentDebtClinicRSVP. From the “student debt clinic” drop-down menu, please select the UUP clinic that you are interested in attending – they are labeled “UUP [Campus Name] [time] [date].” In the affiliate field, type in the full name of our local (United University Professions), and it will autofill after a few keystrokes.

Registration is first-come, first-serve, and we must cap attendance for a single clinic at 50 participants in order to ensure that we are able to provide maximum assistance to attendees. [If you can’t make one of these clinics, don’t worry – we’re planning on offering them again. If you want to help host a clinic at your worksite, please let us know!

Managing your student loan debt is the first step in taking on the inequities which plague our system of higher education, and we look forward to seeing you at the Student Debt Clinic and working together to find a collective solution to the problems of student debt and college affordability!

Register now!

In Solidarity,

Jeri

Jeri O’Bryan-Losee
Statewide Secretary/Treasurer
United University Professions
Post Office Box 15143
Albany, New York  12212-5143
800 342 4206 / 518 640 6600
www.uupinfo.org

2019 Fall Frolic

United University Professions (UUP),
Binghamton Chapter
invites faculty and professional staff to

“FALL FROLIC”

Wednesday, October 16, 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.

Interested in joining UUP, new member signup cards will be available.
There will be a short discussion of membership issues as part of the festivities.

Please RSVP to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant by Wednesday,
October 9 at 777-4382 or email uup@binghamton.edu.

If Your in Default On Your Student Loan, Don’t Let Betsy DeVos Take Your Tax Refund

If you’re in default on your student loan at tax time, the government can seize your tax refund. Watch this video to see two ways to get out of default and get your money!

We’ve heard all kinds of stories at the AFT’s student debt clinics, where we’ve helped hundreds of members lower their monthly payments and avoid interest they shouldn’t have to pay. If you’ve defaulted on your student loans—meaning you haven’t made a payment in over a year—you’re not alone. Three thousand people default every single day.

And every time someone defaults, they risk losing any tax refund they may be counting on to pay rent, utilities, and other basics.

We think a system that results in 3,000 people defaulting on their loans every day is deeply flawed—and we’re working on a policy that would fix that system rather than punish folks who are already struggling to pay for school. Meanwhile, we have some advice about how to keep your tax refund if you haven’t filed yet, even if you are in default.

Every year, the Department of Education garnishes more than $2 billion in tax returns because of unpaid student debt. This is a silent crisis affecting more than 9 million student loan borrowers. You have options though!

Watch the video to find out what steps to take today.

Use Facebook and Twitter to help other borrowers hang onto their refunds.

Jeri

Jeri O’Bryan-Losee
Statewide Secretary/Treasurer
United University Professions
Post Office Box 15143
Albany, New York 12212-5143
800 342 4206 / 518 640 6600
www.uupinfo.org

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Need Help Managing Your Student Loan Debt?

Dear Colleagues,

If you or someone you know is struggling with student debt, there are free federal programs that can help reduce monthly payments and eventually lead to student loan forgiveness, but these lifeline programs are significantly under-enrolled. In an effort to help our members get access to these programs, United University Professions and the American Federation of Teachers are proud to host a Student Debt Clinic which will provide information on how to take advantage of them.

We will be offering two Student Debt Clinics on Thursday, April 11, 2019, in University Union West (UUW) Room 324 at the following times: 12pm–1:30pm and 4:30pm–6:00pm.

To attend a Student Debt Clinic, you must pre-register herehttp://aft.to/StudentDebtClinicRSVP. From the “student debt clinic” drop-down menu, please select the UUP clinic that you are interested in attending – they are labeled “UUP [Campus Name] [time] [date].” In the affiliate field, type in the full name of our local (United University Professions).

Registration is first come, first serve, and we must cap attendance for a single clinic at 50 participants in order to ensure that we are able to provide maximum assistance to attendees. We will serve refreshments at the clinics.

Managing your student loan debt is the first step in taking on the inequities which plague our system of higher education. We look forward to seeing you, so register now!

In solidarity,

S
ean G. Massey, Ph. D
UUP Chapter President
Binghamton University

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Individual Development Awards

Applications for the Individual Development Awards (IDA) are now available. The IDA program provides up to $1,000 for UUP-represented employees to engage in activities that further professional development. Part-time employees are particularly encouraged to apply because 15% of the funds are set aside for these employees. The IDA Program is intended to assist eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement. Funding may be provided to enhance teaching, research capabilities, professional knowledge, and skills. Funding may not be awarded to purchase equipment or supplies or to support activities that are not related to the applicant’s SUNY profession. Examples of activities contributing to professional development include travel to conferences, preparation of material for publication, and artistic or creative endeavors.

There are two amounts of funding for Individual Development Awards. The first allocation is for projects and activities that occurred April 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. A second, separate allocation is available to fund projects and activities for the period July 2, 2018, to July 1, 2019. Expenses previously paid by the department may be submitted for reimbursement to the departmental account.

Applications can only be submitted electronically using the following the following link: https://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/ida-form.html

CVs/resumes should be sent electronically to Carol Bell (cbell@binghamton.edu).

The deadline for both applications is 5 p.m. Friday, March 29th. Decisions about funding will be made by May 3rd. For questions about the program, please contact Carol Bell via e-mail or at 607-777-6398.

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New Professional Development Opportunities for UUP-represented Employees

New Professional Development Opportunities for UUP-represented Employees.

Beginning March 2019, the NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees will begin offering Instructor-led Professional Development Workshops at various campus locations:

Leadership – This one-day workshop is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to acquire knowledge about models of leadership, and then to acquire insights about their own strengths and areas for development.

Interpersonal and Cross-Generational Communications In this one-day workshop, participants will acquire knowledge about different communication styles, and they will also learn about the differences and similarities between the generations in the workplace.

Diversity: Learning how to Leverage “Difference” at WorkThis one-day workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about different models of diversity which include primary and secondary types of diversity.

Conflict Resolution and Team Building In this one-day workshop, participants will acquire knowledge and skills in recognizing, responding to, and resolving conflicts. They will concurrently acquire knowledge and skills in team building.

Workplace Civility: Creating and Maintaining a Positive, Respectful Work Environment In this one-day workshop participants will acquire knowledge and awareness of the benefits of a positive, respectful workplace environment.

Scheduled Workshops (Please contact the NYS/UUP JLMC Office for application and further information)

All workshops are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Dates, times and locations are subject to change)

WORKSHOP DATE LOCATION

Leadership March 13 SUNY Potsdam

April 3 SUNY Upstate Medical (NOTE – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Interpersonal Communication March 19 ESC Saratoga

Diversity March 29 SUNY Plattsburgh

Conflict Resolution April 24 SUNY Cobleskill

Workplace Civility April 17 SUNY Cortland

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
Dates, times and locations are subject to change

Leadership

June 14

ESC Metro

Interpersonal Communication:

May 1

SUNY Oswego

Diversity:

June 7

SUNY Purchase

Conflict Resolution:

May 22

SUNY Farmingdale

June 18

University at Buffalo

Workplace Civility:

May 24

SUNY Delhi

May 29

SUNY Stony Brook

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“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, February 27, 2019
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.

Music will be provided by the Harpur Jazz Ensemble Chamber Group.

There will be a short discussion of membership issues and a group photo as part of the festivities.

Please RSVP to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant by

Wednesday, February 20 at

777-4382 or email uup@binghamton.edu.

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2017-18 Executive Board Meeting Schedule

FALL 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, October 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, December 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324

SPRING 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324
Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – UUW-324 (Thank You Luncheon)

Executive board meeting are open to all members.