UUP/NYS Individual Development Awards

The application period for the retroactive 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 UUP/NYS Joint Labor-Management Committee Individual Development Awards (IDA) are open.

This year’s IDA program provides up to $2,000 for UUP-represented employees to engage in two distinct activities that further professional development. Employees can submit a maximum of two applications totaling $2,000 in expenditures. (For example, one application can cost $1,238.00, and the second for $762.00; both applications can total up to $2,000.) Part-time employees are particularly encouraged to apply because 15% of the IDA funds are set aside for these employees. The IDA Program assists eligible employees in developing their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement. The funding supports enhanced teaching, research capabilities, professional knowledge, and skills. Funding is not to purchase equipment or supplies or to support activities unrelated to the applicant’s SUNY profession. (Note: Funding restrictions have changed over the last few years, so review the restrictions closely.) Please see the IDA Program Guidelines for more information. 

There are two separate award amounts that you can apply for. 

April 1, 2023 – July 1, 2023 (Retroactive Period)
Employees are eligible for a retroactive award from April 1, 2023, to July 1, 2023. However, the total amount awarded can be at most $2,000 for the retroactive period. The deadline for submitting applications for this time period is January 31, 2024Complete the online application.

July 2, 2023 – July 1, 2024
Employees may be funded for up to two projects or activities, at most a total of $2,000 from July 2, 2023, through July 1, 2024. The Deadline for the 2023-2024 application is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2024Complete the online application.

The IDA program has changed. Awards reimbursement will follow the process outlined in the Accounts Payable Personal Reimbursement Procedure guidelines

Note: The application requires that you fill out a separate PDF and submit it to the Google form so that the committee can track and review all applications. The fillable PDF form can be found here. 

The hard deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 3rd, 2023.  The campus decisions must then be forwarded to NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees for secondary review. For questions about the program, contact Aaron Phelps via email or at 607-777-6460.

Resolution in Memory of Benita Roth

Binghamton Chapter Presents Resolution in Memory of Benita Roth at UUP Delegate Assembly, UUP Pledges to Fund Scholarship in Benita’s Name

Resolution in Memory of Benita Roth

WHEREAS, Benita Roth passed from this life on May 27, 2023; and
WHEREAS, Benita served as a statewide academic delegate from Binghamton University from 2009 – 2023; and
WHEREAS, Benita served as UUP Binghamton Chapter President from 2013 – 2017; and
WHEREAS, Benita served as UUP Binghamton Chapter Vice President for Academics from 2017 – 2023; and
WHEREAS, Benita contributed to many UUP statewide committees by serving on Outreach, Negotiations, AAUP, Future of Public Higher Education, Online Education Courses Advisory, Retiree Participation, Link Development, Technology Issues, and Task Force on Emerging Issues of Diversity; and
WHEREAS, Benita spearheaded efforts on both Family Leave and Women’s Rights & Concerns Committees to secure paid family leave and to assure fair and equal treatment of women on local campuses; and
WHEREAS, Benita answered the call to serve her union once again by serving on the 2022-2023 Negotiations Team and helped to lead us to our best contract in decades, with special attention to the most vulnerable; and
WHEREAS, Benita was an inspiration to others as a fervent advocate for marginalized communities, championing the rights of women, LGBTQ individuals, and racial minorities; and
WHEREAS, Benita fearlessly dedicated herself to the pursuit of justice and never hesitated to confront unchecked authority; and
WHEREAS, Benita’s academic brilliance left an indelible mark, with her books on feminism and the AIDS movement serving as cornerstones of her scholarly legacy; and
WHEREAS, Benita’s visionary work in addressing opioid use disorders transformed the lives of many vulnerable individuals; and
WHEREAS, Benita’s remarkable blend of intellect and compassion made her a guiding light for aspiring union leaders and junior faculty members; and
WHEREAS, Benita was a dedicated professor for whom students always came first, leaving an enduring impact on the lives of those she taught and mentored

RESOLVED, that the 2023 Fall Delegate Assembly honor Benita Roth for her service and dedication to UUP; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the 2023 Fall Delegate Assembly express their condolences to Benita’s family; and be it further
RESOLVED, that UUP contribute to a scholarship fund created in her name at Binghamton University supporting students whose educational trajectory and research reflects outstanding work in gender justice and social justice at Binghamton University.

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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, 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 uup@binghamton.edu

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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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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 uup@binghamton.edu.

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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 uup@binghamton.edu.


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
Link: https://bit.ly/CanvassToWin22
Sponsored by United University Professions and Other Community & Labor Friends
If you have questions, call 607-238-9452 or 607-444-5522

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.

Beat the Winter Blues, Wednesday
March 15, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Mandela Room

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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