Over 12 million people in the United States struggle to make their monthly student loan payments, and millions 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 to help reduce their monthly payments and eventually lead to student loan forgiveness, but these lifeline programs are significantly under-enrolled. To help our members access these programs, United University Professions and the American Federation of Teachers are proud to host a Student Debt Clinic to provide information on how to enroll in Income-Driven Repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
We will be offering virtual Members Only Student Debt Clinics on the following dates:
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM via Zoom.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM via Zoom.
To attend one of the virtual Members Only Student Debt Clinics, 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 [Virtual Student Debt Clinic] [date] [time].” 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 125 participants to ensure that we can provide maximum assistance to attendees. Registration will close 48 hours before the virtual clinic. Webinar login information will be provided before the clinic to all who register. [If you can’t make one of these virtual clinics, don’t worry – we’re planning on offering them every payday. If you want to help host a chapter-specific virtual clinic, please let us know!]
Managing your student loan debt is the first step in taking on the inequities plaguing our higher education system. We look forward to seeing you at the virtual Student Debt Clinic and working together to find a collective solution to the problems of student debt and college affordability!
Support UUP Binghamton Chapter member Lea Webb’s run for NY State Senate! Meet Lea via Zoom on Tuesday, July 19. Scan or click on the graphic below to register.
Have the cold, gray days got you down?
United University Professions (UUP)
invites faculty and professional staff to
“Beat the Winter Blues”
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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 Conspiracy Quartet.
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.
Please RSVP to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant by
Wednesday, March 23 at 777-4382 or email email@example.com.
The UUP’s Binghamton Chapter is looking to expand its Department Representatives (Reps). As we prepare for contract negotiations, we must have an active and engaged Department Rep System to communicate essential information to and from our union members. It’s a simple way to take an active role in supporting your Union. Please consider becoming a Representative for your department.
Department Reps serve as the “face” of UUP to members they represent and are the Chapter’s “heart and soul.” Some other responsibilities include:
- Become better informed on contractional obligations
- Improve your working conditions by alerting UUP Chapter Officers of concerns regarding contract violations or other problems in your department.
- Facilitate two-way communication between members and chapter leaders.
- Attend Department Rep and General membership meetings to raise concerns, request information, and bring information back to your leaders.
- Have conversations with non-members about becoming union members and encourage members to become active in UUP.
- Help to ensure UUP signage on campus in every building/department.
To become a Department Rep., complete the Department Rep Contact Information Form.
Dear UUP members,
I encourage you to use the UUP Intake Form at the link below to provide us with information or voice any questions or concerns you have about the 2020 salary compression adjustments called for in the 2016-22 NYS-UUP Contract. These adjustments constitute the second of four years of compression adjustments required by the contract. This intake form is not to be used in lieu of contacting campus Human Resources with questions you may have about your specific circumstances. We are encouraging members who have such questions to contact HR. However, even if you speak to HR about your specific case, it is also important for UUP to know what members’ questions and concerns are.
We are asking interested members to complete this form and return it to us by April 1, 2021.
Information collected through this process will be viewed at the chapter and state levels of UUP. We will use it to address concerns that need immediate attention. We also will use this information to inform the next round of discussions with the State over possible refinements or adjustments to the 2021 salary compression analysis. Modifications to the process and methodology adopted in the second round were a direct result of the information members provided after the first round of salary compression adjustments.
I encourage you to communicate with us through this intake form as soon as possible. We will begin analyzing all information as it comes in.
Please contact your UUP chapter office if you need immediate assistance.
UUP Salary Compression Intake Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UUP2020Compression
Frederick E. Kowal, PhD
United University Professions
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As you know, many of our contingent colleagues have been working along side us for years, demonstrating their commitment to the success of this institution and its mission. They have provided expertise and labor, and are a key part of the excellence that makes Binghamton a “Premier Public University”.
However, the current fiscal challenges have left many of them vulnerable to departmental budget cuts. Some of our long-time colleagues, many who have dedicated years to this institution, are at risk of losing their appointments and/or health insurance in the middle of a global pandemic and economic crisis — a time when both are critical to their security and wellbeing and that of their families. This is unacceptable.
In addition, the faculty and professional staff who remain may be expected to cover the courses or other professional obligations that are now unassigned, without compensation or an equivalent reduction in other professional obligations. This would also be unacceptable.
There are alternatives to consider before eliminating positions, before threatening the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, and before diminishing the quality of the education our students will receive. Together with UUP chapters across the SUNY system, the Binghamton chapter urges our administration to take a strong stance in support of our contingent colleagues.
I also encourage each of you to click on the link below, read the petition, and to add your name to show you stand in solidarity with our contingent colleagues!
PETITION IN SUPPORT OF CONTINGENT EMPLOYEES
Please see UUP’s new Special Bulletin on faculty courses and intellectual property concerns at the link below – and share it with colleagues.
In the context of online course expansion some faculty are being presented with course development agreements that give their campus intellectual property ownership of their courses/course materials. Faculty lose their intellectual property rights only if they sign a written waiver surrendering ownership of their work. Individuals should know the full implications of what they are asked to sign and whether there are possibilities for alternatives that do not relinquish their ownership rights.
Jamie Dangler, PhD
Vice President for Academics
United University Professions
In an effort to stay in touch during these strange times, the Binghamton Chapter of UUP will be holding virtual office hours on Monday, April 13 from 2:30-3:30 pm using the Zoom conference system. Jamie Dangler, UUP’s Vice-President for Academics will be joining us on the call. Jamie has been an invaluable resource to all of the UUP Chapters during this crisis and will try to answer any questions you have and tell you more about what UUP has been doing to advocate for and protect our members during this crisis.
Because we know your time is limited, and because we’d like to answer as many questions as possible during this call, we are asking that you try to submit some of your questions in advance. To facilitate, we’ve set up this online form:
Please feel free to include as much (or little) information about yourself as you are comfortable providing. The deadline for question submission is end of day Friday, April 10. I will send out the zoom link closer to the date (note: in order to maintain security, the zoom meeting will be password protected).