Weather Related Absences

Linked below is the November 15, 2022, Weather-Related Absences memo sent by human resources. UUP recommends that employees should be safe during hazardous weather conditions. You should work with your supervisors to ensure time is charged appropriately or, when appropriate, work remotely. Click here for the memo.

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Membership Organizing Institute

Membership Organizing Institute – the UUP Worksite Organizing Institute (WOI) in February 2023. UUP has worked closely with NYSUT to develop an opportunity for member organizers to receive tools and training to recruit new UUP members on campus. Member organizers participating in this one-semester opportunity will be paid a stipend for this work.

Participants will be trained on how to have effective organizing conversations with new hires and provided with worksite lists so they can contact non-members and give them a chance to join our union. Training will tentatively take place at the following locations on the following dates (we are in the process of securing exact locations within these regions):

Binghamton: Feb. 6 – 7
Albany: Feb. 8 – 9
Stony Brook: Feb. 15 – 16
Buffalo: Feb. 15 – 16

The training, technology, and guidance will be provided by NYSUT regional organizers and supported by UUP Organizers. You can sign up today by clicking here.

This program will support 25 UUP member organizers statewide and will run through April 16th. The member organizers will have the opportunity to visit colleagues at their own campus and colleagues at other SUNY campuses (except for Buffalo Center, which will only be visited by Buffalo Center members). To assist with proper Article 24 notification, Chapter Presidents and Labor Relation Specialists (LRSs) will be provided with the names of any members visiting non-members at the campus before their visit.

Space is limited! Registration will close on Dec. 16. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pre-Retirement Workshops

Our popular monthly Pre-Retirement Workshops will be offered this month on December 13th and 15th.

Part 1 will cover Healthcare /Medicare
Tuesday, December 13, noon-1 pm

Part 2 will cover Union benefits for dental/vision
Thursday, December 15, noon -1 pm

We split the workshop over two days so we could cover the topics in an hour, as there is much information to digest. Part 1 deals with Medicare and trading in sick days to pay for health insurance, and Part 2 deals with the available benefits, such as Vision and Dental care, that staying a member of the union provides.

It is essential to register now or at least a day before the workshop (Monday, December 12). Lisa usually sends the meeting Zoom link the morning of the workshop to the email address under which you register. Click here to register.

These workshops are not recorded due to privacy concerns and because some information may change.

Virtual Student Debt Clinics – September Dates

Over 12 million people in the United States struggle to make their monthly student loan payments, and millions see economic and personal opportunities pass as they prioritize paying down their debt. Does this sound like you or someone you know? 

Many of these people may qualify for free federal programs to help reduce their monthly payments and eventually lead to student loan forgiveness, but these lifeline programs are significantly under-enrolled. To help our members access these programs, United University Professions and the American Federation of Teachers are proud to host a Student Debt Clinic to provide information on how to enroll in Income-Driven Repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  

We will be offering virtual Members Only Student Debt Clinics on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM via Zoom.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM via Zoom.

To attend one of the virtual Members Only Student Debt Clinics, you must pre-register here: http://go.aft.org/StudentDebtClinicRSVP. From the “student debt clinic” drop-down menu, please select the UUP clinic that you are interested in attending – they are labeled “UUP [Virtual Student Debt Clinic] [date] [time].” In the affiliate field, type in the full name of our local (United University Professions), and it will autofill after a few keystrokes.

Registration is first come, first serve, and we must cap attendance for a single clinic at 125 participants to ensure that we can provide maximum assistance to attendees. Registration will close 48 hours before the virtual clinic. Webinar login information will be provided before the clinic to all who register. [If you can’t make one of these virtual clinics, don’t worry – we’re planning on offering them every payday. If you want to help host a chapter-specific virtual clinic, please let us know!] 

Managing your student loan debt is the first step in taking on the inequities plaguing our higher education system. We look forward to seeing you at the virtual Student Debt Clinic and working together to find a collective solution to the problems of student debt and college affordability! 

Register now!

Beat the Winter Blues 2022

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 30, 2022
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.
Music will be provided by the Harpur Jazz Conspiracy Quartet.
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.

Please RSVP to Linda O’Branski, Chapter Assistant by
Wednesday, March 23 at 777-4382 or email uup@binghamton.edu.

Department Representatives

The UUP’s Binghamton Chapter is looking to expand its Department Representatives (Reps). As we prepare for contract negotiations, we must have an active and engaged Department Rep System to communicate essential information to and from our union members. It’s a simple way to take an active role in supporting your Union. Please consider becoming a Representative for your department.

Department Reps serve as the “face” of UUP to members they represent and are the Chapter’s “heart and soul.” Some other responsibilities include: 

  • Become better informed on contractional obligations
  •  Improve your working conditions by alerting UUP Chapter Officers of concerns regarding contract violations or other problems in your department.
  • Facilitate two-way communication between members and chapter leaders. 
  • Attend Department Rep and General membership meetings to raise concerns, request information, and bring information back to your leaders.  
  • Have conversations with non-members about becoming union members and encourage members to become active in UUP.  
  • Help to ensure UUP signage on campus in every building/department. 

To become a Department Rep., complete the Department Rep Contact Information Form

In solidarity, 
Alan

UUP Salary Compression Intake Form

Dear UUP members,

I encourage you to use the UUP Intake Form at the link below to provide us with information or voice any questions or concerns you have about the 2020 salary compression adjustments called for in the 2016-22 NYS-UUP Contract. These adjustments constitute the second of four years of compression adjustments required by the contract. This intake form is not to be used in lieu of contacting campus Human Resources with questions you may have about your specific circumstances. We are encouraging members who have such questions to contact HR. However, even if you speak to HR about your specific case, it is also important for UUP to know what members’ questions and concerns are. 

We are asking interested members to complete this form and return it to us by April 1, 2021.

Information collected through this process will be viewed at the chapter and state levels of UUP. We will use it to address concerns that need immediate attention. We also will use this information to inform the next round of discussions with the State over possible refinements or adjustments to the 2021 salary compression analysis. Modifications to the process and methodology adopted in the second round were a direct result of the information members provided after the first round of salary compression adjustments.

I encourage you to communicate with us through this intake form as soon as possible. We will begin analyzing all information as it comes in.

Please contact your UUP chapter office if you need immediate assistance.

UUP Salary Compression Intake Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UUP2020Compression

Sincerely,
Frederick E. Kowal, PhD
President
United University Professions

Petition in support of our contingent colleagues

UUP, Binghamton Chapter Update

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, many of our contingent colleagues have been working along side us for years, demonstrating their commitment to the success of this institution and its mission. They have provided expertise and labor, and are a key part of the excellence that makes Binghamton a “Premier Public University”. 

However, the current fiscal challenges have left many of them vulnerable to departmental budget cuts. Some of our long-time colleagues, many who have dedicated years to this institution, are at risk of losing their appointments and/or health insurance in the middle of a global pandemic and economic crisis — a time when both are critical to their security and wellbeing and that of their families. This is unacceptable.

In addition, the faculty and professional staff who remain may be expected to cover the courses or other professional obligations that are now unassigned, without compensation or an equivalent reduction in other professional obligations.  This would also be unacceptable. 

There are alternatives to consider before eliminating positions, before threatening the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, and before diminishing the quality of the education our students will receive. Together with UUP chapters across the SUNY system, the Binghamton chapter urges our administration to take a strong stance in support of our contingent colleagues. 
I also encourage each of you to click on the link below, read the petition, and to add your name to show you stand in solidarity with our contingent colleagues!
PETITION IN SUPPORT OF CONTINGENT EMPLOYEES

In solidarity!

Sean G. Massey PhD, UUP Chapter President, Binghamton University Ph. #(607) 4382
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