News and Updates

2013-2014 Discretionary Salary Award


Here is President Schwarz's November 2013 memo describing the Discretionary Salary Increase Award allocation process and the date when recipients would see the award in their paychecks. UUP has no role in the decision as to who receives DSA.

Here is a list of all DSA recipients and the amounts they were awarded. This was sent from the campus directly to UUP in Albany. If you have any specific questions, please contact Human Resources.

New York Times Article:
Unionism in the US


In case you missed it.

Purchase College Campus Plan for Start-Up New York


Here is the memo from President Schwarz regarding the Campus Plan to participate in Governor Cuomo's Start-Up New York program for the designation of Tax-Free Areas.

Here is the Purchase College Campus Plan.

Please give these documents your full attention

Joint Labor Management Professional Development Grants

Updated 1/28/14

Originally Posted 1/23/14

Click Here for updates on the Joint Labor-Management Program.

Click here for the application. On page 3 of the subject application, the signatures of the Campus President/Designee and of the UUP Chapter President are required. We will take care of obtaining those signatures for you. Just sign your name as Applicant and bring and/or mail your completed application to Glenda Davenport’s office in NS3004.

If you have any questions, email Paul Kaplan or give him a call at 6581.

OpenSUNY Fact Sheet


Please read over the recently released Open SUNY Fact Sheet for important information about the administrative initiative, including unanswered questions, concerns, recommendations, and actions we all can take to protect the SUNY mission of providing the prople of New York with high-quality educational services.

Important Information for UUP Professionals Regarding the New On-Call/Recall Provisions in the Agreement between NYS & UUP 2011-2016


Dear Members,

By now, you should have received the attached letter from State-wide UUP President Fred Kowal detailing the new Agreement provisions. We know many of you have questions regarding how this affects you.

The President of each SUNY campus now has the discretion to designate, on an annual basis, specific positions as eligible for on-call pay and/or recall pay. Human Resources notified UUP, in a December 9, 2013 Labor Management meeting that Tom Schwarz has not yet made his first annual determination. Under the Agreement, he has one year to do so.

Until the list is created, and your position is included, and you are provided 30 days’ notice, you are NOT supposed to be required to be on-call or subject to recall. Employees who are on-call are “waiting to work.” The employee’s movement is restricted; they are available for immediate recall and are prepared to return to duty within a reasonable amount of time.

If you are directed to respond to on-call contacts, please do so. We do not want you to refuse a directive, and complying with such a directive will not waive your right to challenge the lack of appropriate on-call compensation. Please let us know right away, if you receive such a directive. Please also keep track of all of the on-call hours you worked as a result.

The new Agreement expands eligibility for on-call and UUP expects the SUNY Purchase administration to avail itself of this new provision where appropriate.

We are aware that currently there are a few different categories of on-call treatment:

If your supervisor requires you to respond when called or implies that you are required to respond, or holds it against you if you don’t take after hours calls, we need to know about it.

There is no grey area, such as “use your best efforts to respond;” either you are required to respond or you are not. If the President decides to make you eligible for on-call/recall compensation you will then be required to respond to calls.

If you are listed as recall eligible, if you “return to work” as a result of receiving an on-call contact, you are entitled to a half a day’s pay at time and one-half. Returning to work is performing work. In certain positions, this can be done without returning to your physical location.

The terms stated above are in effect now. Should you be told anything to the contrary by your supervisor, please let myself, Connie Lobur (UUP Chapter President), Jon Esser (UUP Grievance Chair) or Bill Capowski (NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist— know.


John Taylor
Vice President for Professionals
UUP Purchase Chapter

PS - To discuss this matter with you directly, and to share further information, we warmly invite you to an on-call workshop on January 10th at Noon in the Red Room.

2014 UUP College Scholarship Competition

UUP is pleased announce the 2014 United University Professions College Scholarship competition.

The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

Among other things, eligible candidates will:

For more information, look over the sample news release, brochure, and application form. Please share this information with your students! Thank you for your interest and effort.

Letter from Chapter President Connie Lobur

Click here for a letter from Chapter President Connie Lobur.

Labor Management Meeting Notes

Click here for notes from the most recent labor management meeting on 11/18/13.

Day of Action Interview and Press Conference

UUP President Fred Kowal will be a guest Monday, Dec. 9, on “The Capitol Pressroom,” the daily one-hour public affairs program based at the state Capitol that airs on public radio stations statewide.

See here for details

Option Transfer

See this PDF for NYSHIP's “Planning for Option Transfer” bulletin.

Working Paper

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed. has released a working paper recently cited in the Chronicle: "The 'Promises' of Online Higher Education: Profits."

UUP is a supporter of the CFHE, along with dozens of faculty unions nationwide(

Online Education

Click the link for an article about online initiatives and the business end of colleges.

Updated Part-time Fast Fact Sheet

Click here for the most recent Part-time Fast Fact sheet.

Family Leave/ Work-Life Services Guide 2013

You can find the most recent changes affecting family leave in the Family Leave/ Work-Life Services Guide 2013. You may also want to consult the UUP website for more information.

Seamless Transfer Fact Sheet

Find info on the SUNY Seamless Transfer / Core Curriculum plan at

NYPIRG Non-Partisan Voters' Guide

NYPIRG has prepared a non-partisan voters' guide for the upcoming election on November 5.

Here is a message from NYPIRG Project Coordinator Rose Barone regarding the guide:

On behalf of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), I write to urge your help in educating college students about the six referendum questions on the ballot in the upcoming election. As you may know, on November 5th, New Yorkers will go to the polls and, in addition to voting for the candidates of their choice, will vote on six proposals to change the New York State Constitution.

NYPIRG has no position on whether these questions should be approved or disapproved, but we do know that getting young adults engaged in voting is important in developing long-term voting involvement. If individuals have been motivated to get to the polls once, they are more likely to return. So, getting young people to vote early could be key to raising a new generation of voters.

In addition, young people are a major subset of the electorate and their voices matter. 46 million young people ages 18-29 years old are eligible to vote (that makes up 21% of all eligible voters in the U.S.), while 39 million seniors are eligible to vote. While registration rates lag behind older age groups’ rates, young people who are registered turn out in high numbers—very close to the rate of older voters. In the 2008 election, 84% of youth 18-29 who were registered to vote cast a ballot.

Having information about how, when and where to vote can help young people be and feel prepared to vote. Involving young people in election-related learning, activities, and discussion can also have an impact on their entire household, increasing the likelihood that others in the household will vote. In immigrant communities, for example, young voters may be easier to reach, are more likely to speak English (cutting down translation costs), and may be the most effective messengers within their communities.

To that end, NYPIRG has developed a Voters Guide to help young voters – as well as other voters – better understand the constitutional questions that will be on this year’s ballot. The Guide provides the questions as they will appear on the ballot, State-approved abstracts, as well as arguments in support of and in opposition to the changes. In addition, the Guide helps voters identify the location of their polling places.

As you know, local races do not always garner the buzz that national, and even statewide, elections receive. This can mean that students are less aware of or engaged in those races. However, this year’s constitutional questions provide an opportunity for engagement since the questions are more recognizable (e.g. “Should New York State allow casino gambling?”).

We urge you to make your students aware of the availability of the Voters Guide by advertising its web address ( in your classes and through social media, as well as during any voter education activities that your college is planning.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at Thank you for your help.




Rose Barone

Project Coordinator


Fred Kowal, UUP President Visits on Wednesday, November 6

Fred Kowal, UUP President will be visiting campus on Wednesday, November 6 at noon in the auditorium of the Natural Sciences building (NS1001). This is am important joint UUP/faculty and staff meeting and we look forward to seeing you there.

Campus Equity Week, October 28 - November 1

This week is Campus Equity Week! Read more about Campus Equity Week on the UUP website and at

Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Ends November 8th

UUPers are urged to sign up by November 8th for cost-saving Flexible Spending Account programs funded in the 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and New York state. The 2014 open enrollment period for the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) programs is Sept. 30 – Nov. 8, 2013. You can enroll online at

Even if you were enrolled in 2013, you must re-enroll for 2014. Those who enroll in the DCAA are eligible to receive an employer contribution of up to $800. The 2014 Plan Year Employer Contribution Rates for eligible employees are listed below:

If your Salary is: The Employer Contribution is:
Under $30,000 $800
$30,001 - $40,000 $700
$40,001 - $50,000 $600
$50,001 - $60,000 $500
$60,001 - $70,000 $400
Over $70,000 $300

For more information, visit