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“For last month’s words belong to last month’s language and next month’s words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot -


Darien Lake: NYSUT DAYS

Darien Lake would like to invite you to NYSUT Days July 10-17, 2015 for just $20.99 plus tax per person! That's a savings of $25 off the regular main gate admission! If you'd like an order form please see Brittany in the UUP office (bprofitr@brockport.edu or x2208) for order forms. Orders must be in no later than July 3rd!


Teacher Ed Action Needed

Our programs and students are under attack. Please share the information posted on UUP's web page with your colleagues and students. The next two weeks are CRITICAL. Visit http://uupinfo.org/committees/teached/taskforce.php

The web page includes the following:

  • Take Action link to fax letters to Legislators
  • Resource page with talking points, Legislator/Regents contact information, etc.
  • Union report on the state's edTPA Task Force, with recommendations
  • A list of community forums/rallies scheduled around the state to "SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION"
  • Fact Sheet on the Governor's budget proposals for teacher education policy changes



Winter DA


Winter Delegate Assembly

By: Herb Fink, VP for Academics

*Please note this correction from the March 2015 Beacon.

Delegates voted to shorten the DA by a day due to an impending snowstorm that was expected to dump more than two feet of snow in New York City and on Long Island, and a foot of snow or more in the Capital Region. Two plenary sessions were held on Sunday to make up for the schedule change.

Delegates also elected Arty Shertzer of the Stony Brook Chapter as statewide membership development officer. Tom Hoey, of Albany, was elected to the statewide Executive Board, filling the vacancy left by Shertzer.

UUP President Fred Kowal had strong words for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 “Opportunity Agenda,” calling it a “cleverly designed, slick package of giveaways and takeaways that will bring about the slow destruction of the public good.”

In a powerful Jan. 25 speech to delegates at the 2015 Winter Delegate Assembly in Albany, Kowal said that the governor’s proposal was little more than an “exploitation agenda” that favors big business over working families.

He tore at the governor’s plans for a performance-based assessment system for SUNY campuses and assailed Cuomo’s plans to cut funding to the state’s public hospitals and allow private companies to own and operate five of the facilities. Though he calls his program the Opportunity Agenda, it is an opportunity only for profiteers, for corporations looking for a ready supply of trained labor, and for those who would dismantle the great tradition of higher education—the search for truth.

Kowal, who won a standing ovation from the more than 200 delegates at the DA, said the fight for accessible, affordable, quality public education for all is an issue that UUP must stand and fight for. Cuomo’s Executive Budget pushes that objective aside in favor of proposals that set the university up as a glorified trade school poised to provide a ready supply of trained labor for corporations.

NYSUT President Karen Magee, who spoke at the DA, echoed Kowal’s criticism. The time is now to stand together and stand strong against the governor and his attack on public education, she said.  “I’m outraged that the governor considers higher education as a budgetary whipping boy,” she said. “And he has the audacity to pit college against college. To what end, governor? To what end?”


Contract: Available Online

The Agreement Between United University Professions and the State of New York: July 2, 2011-July 1, 2016 is available online.

To view the contract online, or download, please click here.



Are you a Memeber?

United University Professions (UUP) is the union representing more than 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 State University of New York campuses, plus System Administration and Empire State College. UUP is affiliated with New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

You are not officially a UUP member until you fill out a membership application. Becoming a memeber does not cost you any more than you are paying now.

To see if you are a member simply check you pay stub and see if it reads Fee Payer or Member!

If you are not a member and would like to become one, click here to find the membership form.


UUP Job Board

We are pleased to announce a new feature available on the UUP Web site http://uupinfo.org. It's called the "UUP Job Board" and is accessible from the NavBar at the top of the page under "Links." The direct link is: http://www.uuphost.org/sunyjobs/choice.php. The "UUP Job Board" is a result of negotiations with SUNY on how they transmit to UUP statewide postings about position openings.


What is Workplace Stress?
Stress is a part of everyday life; we all experience it to one degree or another. Although it is an unavoidable part of many activities at work and at home, stress becomes harmful when it reaches an intensity that impairs daily activities.

Click here for a Stress at Work Quiz and for important information regarding risk factors, warning signs and what the Union can do about Job Stress

What is UUP?
United University Professions (UUP) is the union representing more that 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 State University of New York campuses, plus System Administration, Empire State College, and the New York State Theatre Institute. UUP is affiliated with New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

With some 526 job titles included in the bargaining unit, UUP reflects the diversity of the State University. Members include:
Academic Faculty
Student Affairs Personnel
Public Relations Personnel
Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and Other Professionals at Teaching Hospitals and Health Science Centers
Graphic Artists
Student Recruitment Professionals
Instructors in the Educational Opportunity Centers
Financial Aid Counselors
System Administration Staff
Performing Artists in the New York State Theatre Institute
Student Resident Hall Personnel
Admissions Counselors

UUP represents SUNY faculty and other professionals at the bargaining table and works to protect their interests by:
- Achieving improvements in salary, fringe benefits, working conditions and retirement programs.
- Providing funding for professional growth and development through leaves, awards, conferences and other grant programs.
- Obtaining state resources for the State University through effective legislative and political action.
- Seeking to enhance and preserve the quality of the University.

As the largest higher education union in the nation, UUP is also a source for information on labor unions, state work force and bargaining issues, higher education reform, college faculty concerns and a variety of higher education topics.

UUP: Promoting Excellence in Public Higher Education

From competitive salaries and health benefits to job security, opportunities for advancement and retirement, UUP is here for you. There's strength in numbers and we're more than 35,000 members strong on SUNY's 29 state-operated campuses.

UUP is a unified voice, protecting members rights at the bargaining table and on the job, speaking on behalf of public higher education statewide, nationally and internationally. UUP is the voice of SUNY's academics and professional employees to the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY System Administration, the state's elected officials and the public.

UUP is the only organization designated to negotiate a contract with New York state on behalf of SUNY's academic and professional employees. The contract allows UUP to protect your fundamental rights by setting terms and conditions of your employment. Click here to view the contract.

UUP PROVIDES benefits to all bargaining unit members, including a range of attractive programs sponsored by our affiliates, New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Benefits include:

  • Dental and vision plan coverage* (Part-time members not eligible for NYSHIP can purchase these benefits at the group rate)
  • Scholarship program*
  • Free group life insurance
  • Free tuition on a "space available" basis
  • Discount products and services from: Apple; AT&T; Bally's Total Fitness; BJ'S Wholesale Club; Aflac; HP Academy; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Goodyear; Liberty Mutual; Marabito Fuel; New Jersey Nets; OfficeMax; Sprint; Verizon Wireless; and SUNY PERKS.

*Employee must be eligible for enrollment in the NYS Health Insurance Program.

MEMBERSHIP IN UUP entitles you to:

  • Vote on the collective bargaining agreement;
  • Attend union meetings;
  • Hold union office;
  • Elect union leaders on your campus and at the state and national levels;
  • Upon separation of service, obtain Associate Membership with NYSUT and be eligible for benefit programs; and
  • Maintain membership after retirement and be eligible for benefit programs.

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