The New Paltz Chapter of the United University Professions (UUP) represents the interests of some 800 academic and professional employees, both full- and part-time, at SUNY New Paltz. I really mean it when I say that every member is important to me, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. I need to hear from you in order to better represent your interests.

We chapter officers and delegates to the three annual Delegate Assemblies are unpaid volunteers, elected for terms of two-years by a vote of the membership. That’s right, we don’t get paid a dime for thousands of hours a year doing union work, but the work is still very rewarding. We obviously like working with all 800 of you, a broad range of colleagues. Too big for a class and maybe too small for a MOOC.

New Paltz is one of twenty-nine chapters that represent the various campus types within SUNY. As a comprehensive Liberal Arts College, New Paltz is distinct from other campus types—Graduate Centers, University Colleges of Technology, Health Science Centers, Environmental Science and Forestry, and Empire State College. UUP statewide represents some 35,000 academics and professionals across New York State and is thus the America’s largest higher education union.

At New Paltz, the Executive Committee, made up of the elected Officers, Delegates and Alternate Delegates, meets regularly during the academic year. The schedule of Executive Committee meetings and other events can be found on the chapter’s home page. You will find names, campus phone numbers, and email addresses of UUP leaders at New Paltz under the Who’s Who tab.

As a higher education union in New York State, UUP negotiates terms and conditions for academic and professional staff with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER), creating a contractual agreement statewide.

Your elected chapter leadership monitors the implementation of the contract locally, and meets with College administrators at least monthly in Labor-Management meetings to discuss issues of concern to UUP members. There are also Part-Time Labor-Management meetings held several times each semester with the Provost. Please feel free to suggest agenda items for any of our Labor-Management meetings.

Whenever warranted, UUP initiates grievance procedures on behalf of members to correct procedural errors in the application of campus rules that may affect members adversely.

For further information about the New Paltz Chapter, including links to UUP statewide, chapters at other campuses, and affiliate organizations, take a minute to peruse the website. Please feel free to contact me directly at brownp@newpaltz.edu or by phone (845) 257-2783.

In union,

Peter D.G. Brown, Chapter President
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
United University Professions
SUNY, Lecture Center 6a
New Paltz, NY 12561
Office:  845-257-2783
Mobile: 917-886-1925

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