UUP Salary Compression Intake 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

Petition in support of our contingent colleagues

UUP, Binghamton Chapter Update

Dear Colleagues,

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!

In solidarity!

Sean G. Massey PhD, UUP Chapter President, Binghamton University Ph. #(607) 4382
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Course Development Agreements/Intellectual Property – SPECIAL BULLETIN

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

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Chapter “office hours” on Monday April 13 @ 2:30pm

Dear Colleagues,

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:

Click here to go to the 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).

In solidarity!

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PROFESSIONALS: How can Professionals fight workload creep?

Given the current atmosphere on campus, it’s extremely important that professionals understand your rights with regard to the terms and conditions of our contract.  Professionals are being delegated duties initially assigned to their supervisor.  Compensation for additional duties should be discussed and agreed upon prior to taking on these additional duties.

  1. Understand the basic principles that apply to your professional obligation.
  2. Take advantage of discussing job duties with your supervisor as your Performance Program is being developed
  3. Make sure you have a current Performance Program that accurately reflects your professional obligation
  4. Consult with the chapter leadership if you have questions
  5. Document workload increases
    1. Begin to keep a log of work done in area areas that are subject to workload creep
    2. Use written correspondence to document that you have taken on additional workload for specific reason/projects – and note that you do not consider it to be part of your professional obligation going forward
    3. Make sure your performance Program is modified to reflect workload increases, identifying extra work as such in relation to previous years
  6. A change in duties and responsibilities may warrant a promotion, salary increase, reduction in duties, extra service pay or compensatory time
  7. Consider requesting a salary increase or promotion whey you feel it is warranted especially if your Performance Program shows an increase in duties and responsibilities
  8. If additional duties are added to your performance Program ask for others to be removed, or ask for a salary increase.
    1. Ask for an end date for temporary duties
    2. Ask for a temporary salary increase if duties are temporarily assigned
  9. Professionals can self nominate for a promotion or salary increase during the months of January and June.  If you are denied a salary increase or promotion you can appeal to denial to the College Review Panel by contacting the Binghamton Chapter Vice-President for Professionals.

Participate in Workload/Performance Program workshops run by our Labor Relations Specialist

Access the L.E.A.D. Program through the UUP web site to learn more about workload and many other topics.

Keep a copy for The Guide for Professionals handy for tips on how to use your Performance Program to help keep workload in check.  Linked here

Contact your chapter leadership:

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Telemedicine benefit is now available

Dear UUP represented employees,

I am happy to report that the telemedicine benefit is now available to enrollees in the Empire Plan, SEHP, and the Excelsior Plan. The Department of Civil Service has posted the message below on NYSHIP Online. In addition, they will send a notice to your Health Benefits Administrators for distribution and will send a postcard to UUP enrollees at their homes.

To access the telemedicine program, LiveHealth Online, enrollees must go to www.empireblue.com/nys to access the link and obtain the coupon code. The coupon code will be entered as the payment. Instructions are attached for signing up. Enrollees should follow the instructions and provide the information as it is requested.

UUP and the Empire Plan is doing all they can to support you and your family through this unprecedented time and is introducing a new telehealth benefit to help you access health care services remotely. LiveHealth Online lets you stay home and have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

If you are concerned about leaving your home to receive medical care or your ability to access care, The Empire Plan will cover telehealth visits at no cost to you. Register or login at www.empireblue.com/nys to get a coupon code to cover the full cost of your LiveHealth Online visit.

Please see the attached pdf for instructions and coupon code.

In Solidarity,


Thomas Tucker
Vice President for Professionals
(800) 342-4206

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Vision Works

Dear Visionworks Patients,

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, as well as Federal and State authorities, we are temporarily closing all Visionworks’ locations due to the COVID-19 virus, but we will preserve access to our doctors for emergency eye care needs. With this temporary pause, we can protect the health and safety of our associates, doctors, and the communities we serve. While our storefronts are closed to the public, we are still safely working to ensure we meet each patient’s needs:

  • If you recently purchased glasses or contacts with us, we will ship them directly to you
  • If you have an exam scheduled during the closure, we will call or email you to reschedule your appointment

If you have lost or broken glasses or just need a new pair of glasses or contacts, and you have an existing prescription, we have several options for you at visionworks.com where you can utilize many insurance plans. In addition, we will work to assist you if you have an expired prescription

If you have an essential eye care need or an emergency, you can call us at 1-800-784-7427 and we will work to connect you to one of our doctors

We have implemented significant procedures to ensure the safety of our patients, our doctors, and our associates. When we reopen our locations, we will continue with the appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of our community. For more information visit visionworks.com/safety-protocol.

In the past few weeks, we have put policies in place to help our associates, including: flexible schedules, supplemental pay for reduced hours, advanced paid time off and continuing pay for those associates directly impacted by COVID-19. As we close all of our stores, we will continue to care for our associates by extending these policies through April 3rd.

We apologize for any inconvenience this unexpected closure may cause you. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Pete Bridgman
President, Visionworks of America

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Dear UUP- represented employees,

I am writing to inform you of the additional resources available for Empire Plan enrollees.

Cost Sharing Waivers for COVID-19 Testing

Enrollee cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 testing at approved locations are waived. In addition, copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for visits associated with COVID-19 testing are waived, whether the testing is provided in a health care provider’s office, an urgent care center, or an emergency department. This cost-share waiver applies to all active Empire Plan enrollees, early retirees, and Medicare-eligible retirees.

Early Prescription Refills
To ensure enrollee access to medications, enrollees will be allowed one emergency prescription refill of up to a 30-day supply for three prescriptions of retail medications and one prescription of specialty medications during a 90-day period. Normal copay rules apply.

Managing Coronavirus Anxiety
Visit the Beacon Lens at beaconlens.com for advice and tips on managing stress and anxiety due to coronavirus. Additional online resources on this topic are available in a guide from the NYS Office of Mental Health and at the Centers for Disease Control.

The Empire Plan Nurseline is fully prepared to share information with enrollees on the COVID-19 virus and triage them to the appropriate level of care as necessary based on the severity of their symptoms. As a reminder, the Empire Plan Nurseline number is 1-877-769-7447, Option # 5.

UUP will keep you posted as any new information regarding the coverage of the COVID-19 virus by the Empire Plan becomes available. Keep apprised on COVID-19 by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Here you can also sign up for email updates on the coronavirus.

In Solidarity,

Thomas Tucker
Vice President for Professionals
(800) 342-4206

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Student Debt Clinic, Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., UUW-325

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, February 11, 2020, at SUNY Binghamton, UUW 325 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 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!

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