Are you a member?

Within the State University of New York, United University Professions is the bargaining agent for academic and professional staff. Since the US Supreme Court’s Janus decision several years ago, we only receive dues from bargaining unit members who affirmatively sign a UUP membership card. Non-members (people who haven’t officially joined) receive many services from the union even though they are pay no dues. Don’t be a ‘free rider’, that is someone who takes advantage of resources provided by the rest of us!! In addition, unless one submits a membership application form with UUP Central, one can not vote in UUP elections, run for office within UUP or participate fully in UUP policy making. In short, if you don’t sign the card, you are not a member of UUP.

Not surprisingly, most academics and professionals join the union to gain their full rights within UUP, and they make contributions to the work of the union whenever they are able to do so. At various stages in their careers, members typically take some active role in the union, as members of Chapter committees, as candidates for Chapter elections, and as Departmental Representatives for UUP. There are various roles individuals might assume, such as editing the UUP Newsletter, traveling to Albany to advocate the Assembly and Senate on behalf of SUNY and UUP, and joining in telephone drives to contact local business leaders, retirees, or parents. As a member-driven union, UUP needs and wants all of our members to participate in ways that they are able and can afford. So, join us, and let’s work together.

If you’re not yet a member, please JOIN US TODAY!!

If you have any questions about UUP, your terms and conditions of employment, or other concerns related to your employment at SUNY New Paltz, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the UUP New Paltz Chapter office: 845-257-2770 or email us at Our office is located in the basement of the Lecture Center (room 6D), and it open during the academic year Mon-Wed from 10-4, Thurs 10-2.

To learn about the various categories of membership (for retirees, those on leave, etc.) click here.

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