2022-23 Calendar

Fall 2022 Executive Board Meetings – UUW-324
Wednesday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Spring 2023 Executive Board Meetings – UUW-324
Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – May Thank You Luncheon

Fall Frolic – Mandela Room
Wednesday, October 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

University-Wide Benefits Fair – Mandela Room
Thursday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fall 2022 Labor Management Meetings (Only Officers Attend) AD-606
Monday, September 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, October 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, November 28, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (President Attending)
Monday, December 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Spring 2023 Labor Management Meetings (Only Officers Attend)-AD-606
Monday, January 23, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, February 27, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (President Attending)
Monday, May 22, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, July 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 28, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

UUP Delegate Assembly Meetings
October 14-15, 2022 – Fall Delegate Assembly Meeting, Albany Hilton, Albany, NY 

April 21-22, 2023 – Spring Delegate Assembly Meeting, Crowne Plaza-Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY

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Negotiations Virtual Town Halls

Colleagues,

Good news! Contract negotiations between UUP and the State are set to begin this Friday (5/27/22).

UUP will be presenting our conceptual proposals—an overview of all the areas of the contract that we intend to bargain in this round—to the State this Friday. These proposals were developed by the Negotiations Team using feedback from members collected via the negotiations survey and virtual town halls, and approved by Chapter leaders on the Negotiations Committee. The proposals will be posted to the UUP Members Only section of the website by 5 pm on Tuesday, May 31.

We want members to know about UUP’s ambitious bargaining agenda—what we’re fighting for and why it matters. UUP Chief Negotiator Bret Benjamin and Counsel to the President Elizabeth Hough will be hosting four members-only virtual town halls on June 8 (12 PM & 4 PM) and June 9 (12 PM & 7 PM) to discuss the conceptual proposals. Please join us for one of the town halls by registering here. We ask that you only register for one session so that all members have an opportunity to actively participate.

Thank you to all who shared ideas for negotiations priorities with Bret and the team. With your input, I believe the team has developed a balanced list of priorities that will benefit all UUP members. Please stay tuned for additional opportunities to support the negotiations team statewide and on your campus.

In solidarity,

Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D.
President
United University Professions

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Come advocate for SUNY funding

Come visit the UUP table to get information about the need for additional SUNY funding in this year’s state budget. UUP is fighting for state support to Binghamton University and other SUNY institutions.

Where: Spine A1, located just outside the University Union
When: Wednesday, March 2nd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hear from UUP President Fred Kowal at 11:15 am

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Unions + Contracts 101: a UUP lunchtime reading group

Interested in learning more about what unions are? Curious about the Contract as we move into negotiations this spring? Join us for Unions + Contracts 101, a lunchtime reading group. 

This lunchtime book club will first focus on what unions are, how we can organize to build member-based power in UUP as we move into contract negotiations. The second part will focus on what our union contract is and why it is so important. Many of our members have likely meant to crack its pages to understand their rights as workers, but perhaps felt daunted by its legal jargon and length. Many aspects of our daily work lives are dictated by this contract, and we are on the verge of entering a new round of negotiations between UUP and New York State, so it is important for UUP members to have familiarity with this document in order to advocate for ourselves in the workplace and in upcoming negotiations. 

It has three goals:

1) We can protect ourselves and our colleagues better when we know our current rights.

2) We are better able to gain wins in contract negotiations when our members have read and understand their current contract.

3) It is a chance for us to gather, break bread, and share social time with one another over lunch. 


Please fill out this form
no later than 2/9 to sign up to reserve your lunches and allow time to place orders for books. This program is only available to UUP members. Questions? Contact Claire Kovacs.

All meetings will take place from noon-1 pm (location TBD). All participants will be provided lunch, a paper copy of the current Contract, and copies of the three books generously provided by UUP.

SCHEDULE

February 16: Michael Yates, Why Unions Matter, Chapters 1 + 4 

March 2: Jane McAlevey, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, Chapters 1 + 2

March 30: Drescher, Scheuerman, and Steen, United University Professions: Pioneering in Higher Education Unionism, Chapter 6 + Introduction and Overview of the UUP/NYS Contract (with Chris Sielaff, Labor Relation Specialist)

April 20: Drescher et al, Chapter 7 + Conversation about Selected Contract Sections (with Chris Sielaff, LRS; exact sections TBD by participants)

May 18: McAlevey, Chapters  4 + 7

2021 UUP Salary Compression Analysis and Distribution Message from President Fred Kowal

The 2016-2022 NYS/UUP contract established four annual salary pools, each one-half percent (0.5%) of total basic annual salaries at each campus, for distribution to eligible UUP-represented employees to address salary compression. Generally, salary compression exists when the salaries of more experienced employees have not increased sufficiently relative to the salaries of colleagues hired later. Click here for the full message.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Memorandum of Understanding
Between
The State University of New York
And
United University Professions
Regarding
Mandatory COVID 19 Testing of Employees In the Professional Services Negotiating Unit

Due to the unprecedented public health crisis presented by the COVID 19 pandemic and the critical need to quickly identify and control the spread of COVID 19 infections on state-operated SUNY campuses, and in the best interest of the entire SUNY community, the State University of New York and the United University Professions hereby reach the following agreement: Click here for the full text of the agreement.

Negotiations concerns survey/townhall

Statewide Negotiations Update:

Colleagues, the statewide negotiations team has asked for membership to provide your top 3 concerns that you would like to see addressed in the next contract outside of the following concerns and issues that are already a priority

  1. Across the board raises
  2. General maintenance of health benefits
  3. General support for a telecommuting policy that is more flexible/applicable across the membership

Here is a form for you to input your top 3 concerns you would like addressed outside of the above no later than 12/31/21

Please fill out the negotiations survey if you have not already done so.

One last way you can share your perspective and concerns:
In December, the contract negotiations team will hold specific town hall sessions for specific groups of members to give them a chance to share their issues

Below are the links for each membership group:

Professionals
December 3: noon-1:30 pm

Contingents
December 8: noon-1:30 pm
December 9: 6:30-8:00 pm

Academics
December 10: noon-1:30 pm

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Residential Life Vaccination Eligibility Update

Colleagues,

The following email was sent from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras to campus presidents and safety monitors. The message expands the 1B New York State vaccination category to include individuals in residential life who do programming with students as part of their assigned duties. 

This step is the first success UUP has had in our efforts to include all in-person professional staff (and academic and professional librarians) in 1B. The efforts have been ongoing for several weeks now and we are not stopping our efforts on behalf of our colleagues. Just yesterday, I sent a letter to the Governor demanding that all in-person professional staff be included in 1B. We have also started a petition drive to get all in-person professionals eligible for vaccination. We need to get everyone to sign, so if you haven’t done so, please do. If you have, please spread the word! This one is easy: We should have every member of our union signed on!

https://forms.gle/kNpwSCAnRv2UDVgA6

I want to thank Ed Quinn, chapter president at the Stony Brook University Chapter for bringing to my attention Cornell University’s actions regarding the residential life staff at Cornell. Ed shared with me the email that went out to all res life staff at Cornell that made them eligible for vaccination if they were involved in student programming. Ed bringing this to my attention gave me the example that I could take to the Chancellor and that he has now endorsed for SUNY. This is how our union works best: Through the sharing of information across our organization so that we can advocate successfully for each other. Thanks, Ed!

Once again, this is only a start. But, it is a start. Now let’s get the Governor to take the step that must be taken: Make all in-person professionals eligible and let’s get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Stay safe and well…

In Solidarity,
Fred Kowal

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UUP Benefit Trust Fund Group Term Life Insurance Program

We were just informed by UNUM (UUP’s life Insurance carrier) that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Life Bureau is requiring that Unum remove all Value Added Services (Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance, Life Planning Financial and Legal Resources, Employee Assistance/LifeBalance – EAP) from New York situs Life products. Therefore, UUP will no longer be able to offer the Worldwide Travel Assistance program to our represented employees beginning January 1, 2021.

It is with great regret that we inform you of this action. The New York State DFS Life Bureau has confirmed that Unum’s insurance policies do not contain specific enough language to allow them to offer value-added services to their customers.Unum has attempted to resolve this issue by adding to their previously approved product filings, unfortunately, the New York State DFS Life Bureau has been unwilling to approve new policy language on the grounds that the services do not have nexus, or inherently relevant connection, to life insurance.

Please spread this information out to your chapter colleagues and retiree members. Should you have any questions or would like any additional information, please feel free to contact the UUP Benefit Trust Fund at 800-887-3863.

In Solidarity,
Tom
Tom Hoey
State Wide Membership Development Officer United University Professions
UUP Office 518-640-6639

State delays 2020 salary increases

Dear Colleagues,

Sorry to have to start the New Year off with bad news, but late yesterday we received notification from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, that the state is again delaying implementation of the 2% across the board salary increases that were due to our members on July 1 or Sept 1, 2020 (depending on obligation). At this time, the state has indicated that this delay will extend through the end of March 2021. Once again, the state has indicated that this is a delay in payment, not a cancellation of the 2020 2% increase. This delay of the July 1/Sept 1 2% increase also mirrors an additional delay of the 2% increases that were due to other state employees beginning April 1. 2020.

As we know, the July 1/Sept.1 2% increase is contractually provided for in the 2016-2022 State/UUP Agreement. After GOER notified us of the initial delay in payment in June, UUP filed class-action grievances covering the delayed raises and related delays in minimum salary increases, including minimum salaries for adjuncts, scheduled to take effect in 2020. UUP also filed an Improper Practice with the NYS Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on behalf of residents working in facilities associated with SUNY’s academic medical centers. Given the repeated delays in implementing our negotiated raises, we are continuing to pursue all appropriate avenues for enforcing our contract and protecting our terms and conditions of employment.

While we did not agree with, or accept the state’s decision, we understand that the decision is driven by the state budget crisis that has developed as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. To address this crisis, it remains critical that the federal government provides desperately needed assistance to state and local governments across the country, including New York. However, given the situation in Washington right now, it’s clear that any additional federal help will at minimum await the inauguration. Thus, it is more critical than ever for New York State to pass an “Ultra-Millionaires’ tax” and a “Billionaires’ tax.” Additionally, we will continue to increase our efforts to secure passage of the proposed reinstatement of the Stock Transfer tax. This option could generate over $1 billion in the first month!

Tell NYS legislators to fund the state’s recovery. It is critical that NYS legislators hear from you. Please take a few moments to ensure our voices are heard.

For additional information go to: UUP Campaign for Revenue Raisers (uupinfo.org)

Please distribute this information as widely as possible widely to your chapter membership.

In Solidarity,
Fred

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