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Send a fax to your legislators via the NYSUT Member Action Center.
Look for your local school district's page to find out where, and the hours that your polls are open.
Great news for those of us in the Saratoga Springs School District -- UUP Member Heather Reynolds is running for school board! She has been a teacher educator for many years, is a strong community advocate, and has been endorsed by the local teachers. Way to go Heather! Now let's all get the vote out for her in Saratoga on Tuesday!
If you live in the Saratoga Springs School District and use Facebook or Twitter, please tell your friends and family to vote for Heather Reynolds!
See you at the polls!
Richard Wells recently sent out an update about preparations for negotiating with management about changes to faculty review procedures. The procedures team's goal is "...to revise the procedures in a way that not only accounts for the new academic structure of the college but protects faculty rights to a process that is fair and transparent." Read the complete update (PDF).
Please find posted the Empire State College UUP Proposed Budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The budget will be presented for approval of the membership at our All College UUP membership meeting on Wednesday, March 23 from 8:15-9:15 in City Center rooms 2A and 2B. Please feel free to send any questions or comments at this time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An updated "Fast Facts" (PDF) sheet is now available about the 2016 PEP program. Take advantage of this great benefit that allows you to exchange annual leave for a monetary credit towards your health insurance premiums. Anyone who meets the requirements can participate, including part time members. You must enroll each year of the program and the deadline for this year’s program is November 27, 2015.
Subversive Theatre in Buffalo NY is marking the 100-year-anniversary of the death of this blue collar icon with a new one-man show by veteran author/composer/civil rights activist Si Kahn. The play runs November 5th - 28th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. All shows are in The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.
For more information, visit the Subversive Theatre's website.
The application deadline for Cycle #2 of Individual Development Awards (IDAs) with activities between December and March 30 is November 15, 2015. You can find more information about the awards and the application form on the website for the New York State/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committee.
Applications do NOT need the signatures of campus or chapter presidents and are sent directly to Janay Jackson in Academic Affairs, 1 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
During this CAMPUS EQUITY WEEK, Brave New Films has released a short film, "Professors in Poverty," depicting the plight of adjunct faculty in higher education. Visit the website to watch the film (it's about 4 minutes). There is also a petition you can sign that will be submitted to a Congressional briefing in late October on this issue.
Learn more about Campus Equity Week, too.
Want to help? Contact our chapter Officer for Contingents Mary Helen Kolisnyk at email@example.com.
The October issue of our monthly chapter bulletin, "Excellence in Unity," is now available!
Update (10/5/15): Flexible Spending Open Enrollment for 2016 Begins Today and Ends November 9, 2015.
Employees can enroll online through www.flexspend.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-358-7202. For information on flexible spending, please visit the Human Resources website, login at the bottom of the page, and click on News and Announcements.
Update (8/10/15): President Malone and Chapter Intern Amin quoted in Legislative Gazette Article about Maintenance of Effort
Learn more about the "maintenance of effort" bill and how it affect state funding of SUNY.
Our union is conducting a system-wide survey of professional employees about three common areas of concern: promotions, compensatory time and performance programs.
The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNZBXDL. The deadline for receipt of all surveys is 5:00 P.M., Friday, August 7, 2015.
All survey responses will be strictly confidential. The responses will provide useful data for collective bargaining and labor/management meetings. For more information about the survey, read the memo from VP for Professionals Philippe Abraham.
The deadline for this cycle of the joint labor/management Individual Development Awards (IDA) for members of the UUP bargaining unit has been extended until July 15.
Information on the college’s website is available here: http://cml.esc.edu/node/589
As a reminder, these applications provide support for professional development activities. Please know that the applications do not need to be signed by either Pamela Malone as Chapter President or by President Hancock. You may send your applications directly to Janay Jackson, Academic Affairs, 1 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
The June issue of our monthly chapter bulletin, "Excellence in Unity," is now available!
Check out our latest chapter newsletter!
Get the Fast Facts from UUP on the end of the DRP program and what it means for you.
The NYS Board of Regents is meeting Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14 and their agenda includes discussion of possible "safety nets" for the flawed system of new teacher certification exams.
Please go to the page on the UUP website for the following:
Please share your views with the Regents or send a simple message asking them to address the flawed system of new teacher certification exams.
The Chapter is preparing one or more baskets to donate to the UUP Scholarship Fund fundraiser for the upcoming Spring Delegate Assembly. This year's basket theme is "Family Fun Night." Please consider donating a small item for the basket. Ideas include games, movies, popcorn and candy
Donations can be dropped off at the Chapter office at 111 West Avenue, or you can give your items to Michelle Paine in 3 Union Avenue (ext. 2445) or Himanee Gupta-Carlson in 113 West (ext. 2860).
For more information, see the flyer (PDF). Our baskets last year were a huge success! Thank you in advance!
Please find posted the Empire State College UUP Proposed Budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The budget will be presented for approval of the membership at our All College UUP membership meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 8:15-9:15 in City Center rooms 2A and 2B. Please feel free to send any questions or comments at this time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSUT has compiled an unofficial list of grassroots community forums on public education taking place across New York state. The events are sponsored by a wide variety of education stakeholders including parents, educators, administrators, students and lawmakers.
This information is subject to change. Please be sure to confirm dates, times and locations with organizers and activists in your local community, or contact your NYSUT Regional Office for more information.
UUP President Fred Kowal will detail UUP's call for an investigation into the state Education Department's flawed teacher certification process TOMORROW on two news programs, "Capitol Pressroom" and "Capital Tonight."
Please share this information with your members!
“Capitol Pressroom” is the daily one-hour public affairs radio show based at the Capitol that airs on public radio stations statewide. The program begins at 11 a.m. You can listen to “Capitol Pressroom” on your computer via a live stream at http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/.
“Capital Tonight” airs at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Cable; it will be rebroadcast at 11:30 p.m.
It is carried on Time Warner Cable systems north of Westchester County; that includes the cities of Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. The show will also be available on demand on Channel 1020 except for the Hudson Valley area, where it airs on Channel 1111.
“Capitol Pressroom” is broadcast live on WCNY, 91.3-FM in Syracuse and on the following stations at the times indicated:
Check your local listings to see what channel the show airs on in your area.
UUP President Fred Kowal has released a Message on Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues Related to Open SUNY, which is of interest to both faculty and professionals.
UUP members and retirees will pay a fraction of the retail cost for upgraded eyeglass lenses as part of a new vision benefit that began on February 1st.
Our members will be able to choose from wide a selection of lenses, including anti-reflective lenses, ultra/digital progressive lenses and polarized lenses. There is a copay for the lens upgrades. See the PDF for details.
The chapter has set up a page with updates about the data breach and what it means for UUP members, especially those who use the Empire Plan.
Read UUP’s press release in response to the Governor’s budget.
Update (1/23/15): Important Message from UUP President Fred Kowal Regarding Nationally Organized Adjunct Walkout
Be sure to read Fred's letter explaining the UUP's stance (PDF) on this issue.
Sisters and Brothers,
Attached is a list of the urgent regional meetings (PDF) that NYSUT has scheduled for local leaders to hear from NYSUT board members about next steps in the fight for public education. Due to the delay in receiving the information, we understand that some of the meetings have already occurred. In those instances, we encourage you to contact the individual identified for the event and ask about the major issues discussed and any next steps that may have been planned. If you have difficulty contacting the individual or need assistance, please let me know and I will help.
While the attached document identifies some of the chapters that may be located in the specified NYSUT ED, I strongly encourage you to attend the meeting closest to you. Attending these regional meetings are a great opportunity to stay informed and strengthen our coalitions. I anticipate that the 2015 legislative session will prove to be a tough fight for public higher education and this year, perhaps more than ever, we will need to foster our alliances.
Please remember to wear your UUP red and let me know which regional meeting you attend.
Please mark your calendars for the two important events below, both honoring the memeory of Dr. Martin Luther King and his tireless efforts on behalf of worker justice and equality.
Update (12/5/14): UUP Leaders to Discuss State Education Department's Decision to Release Test Scores
UUP President Fred Kowal and VP for Academics Jamie Dangler will discuss the state Education Department's ill-conceived decision to release college-specific test scores from the state's new teacher certification exams in separate radio appearances this week.
Dangler will be a guest Friday on “The Capitol Pressroom,” the daily one-hour public affairs program based at the Capitol that airs on public radio stations statewide. Her interview will take place during the final 15 minutes of the program.
You can hear the program live via an online stream at: http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/
Kowal will address the controversy during the second in a series of commentaries Saturday on National Public Radio station WAMC.
Fred's commentary is scheduled to air at 12:50 p.m. during WAMC's “Midday Magazine.” You can listen online at http://www.wamc.org
Here are a few updates from the chapter:
This year’s $250 on base salary increase (prorated for part time employees) was distributed this month.. (This year’s 2% across the board salary increase was distributed this summer.)
We have good news to report! The pool for DSAs this year was one half of one percent of the total UUP salary pool, which is then divided at the state level into pools for full and part time members. These pools are then divided among the campuses for distribution among eligible members at management’s discretion. As we did last year, the chapter executive board voted to propose an equal distribution of these awards and it was discussed in October’s labor management meeting. We were very pleased that management notified us that the pools will be divided among all eligible UUP members in the categories of full time, part time percentage line members, and part time adjuncts. The DSA (which does not impact base salary) will be included in our December 17 paychecks.
This is a great benefit, and eligibility was expanded in the last contract. I urge everyone to review this program--please see the email from HR’s Jessie O’Brien for instructions, eligibility information, and the sign up form. This program allows you to exchange annual leave for a monetary credit towards your health insurance premiums. Anyone who meets the requirements can participate, including part time members. You must enroll each year of the program and the deadline for this year’s program is
We have excellent news! The chapter brought forward a concern about the health insurance eligibility for our adjunct members. You may or may not know that adjuncts are eligible for health insurance if they teach two classes; however there is also a provision for eligibility based on salary. We found management to be responsive to our concerns and they identified and notified several additional adjuncts who were eligible for health insurance. In addition, Human Resources developed a system to hereafter monitor eligibility for this group of our members. Hooray for our hard working adjunct members!
We’ve had many questions about the pay extraction, unpaid days off, and repayment terms in the program. The DRP includes the extraction of 9 total days’ pay, 5 of which were deducted last academic year and 4 are being deducted this year (ending in June 2015). Of these 9 days extracted, only 7 will be paid back. The other 2 were mandatory days off without pay at the campus’ discretion, and these days were designated last year around Thanksgiving. There are no additional days off without pay this year. Reimbursement for the 7 days will begin in June 2016 and will continue for 39 payroll periods.
Some of you received a recent mailing with a membership card. PLEASE fill out that card as soon as possible and return it to UUP. We will be following up with emails to those for whom we do not have cards on file. You are all part of the UUP bargaining unit, but filling out your membership card allows you to vote on our contract, vote in chapter elections, attend membership meetings, and more. Please fill out your card today if you receive a letter or email! You can also find the form online atwww.uupinfo.org under “join UUP.”
UUP is conducting a brief survey of the membership regarding your connections with other organizations and your UUP involvement. Please take a moment to fill out the survey now—the deadline is next week! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KP33536
A few of us (including me!) had trouble logging into the internal professional vacancies on the HR website. FYI, I logged a ticket at www.esc.edu/tech911 and the problem was resolved in no time. Please let myself or Reynolds know if you continue to have any difficulty.
Best wishes to those of you in Western New York—we are all thinking of you! And to all of you, a very wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season in the weeks to come!
An updated "Fast Facts" (PDF) sheet is now available about the 2015 PEP program.
PDF version of a mailing recently went out about the enhancements to NYSHIP's vaccine coverage:
Sisters and Brothers,
Thank you for participating in this important event.
Eileen Landy, Ph.D.
Read the latest information from UUP President Fred Kowal on the People's Climate March.
Join UUP Colleagues Sunday, September 21 at the People's Climate March in New York City
UUP is one of the many labor organizations endorsing the march. UUP members should register for transportation on the People’s Climate March website by September 12:
Reimbursement for your bus ticket is available through UUP—contact Chapter Assistant Kate Yaddaw at email@example.com or at extension 2571.
For questions about the local transportation, UUP members can also contact one of the following regional coordinators:
Details about the allocation of funds from the New York State/United University Professions Individual Development Award program (NYS/UUP) are available here.
For the fiscal year 2014-2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), the college is expected to receive about $29,000 that is available for funding projects/activities of both full-time and part-time employees in the UUP Bargaining Unit.
A committee of six, three appointees of the UUP (John Beckem, Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, Roni O’Geen) and three appointees of management (Kathy Jelly, Mary Morton, Alan Mandell, chair) is responsible for reviewing applications and making recommendations. Janay Jackson from the Office of Academic Affairs provides support for this program.
The basic shape of the program is determined at the state level. The ESC committee role is to clarify, to create a fair and equitable process and to make sure that the work is consistent with program expectations.
For details about the program, including the application, go to http://nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html
All applications should be sent to Janay Jackson, Office of Academic Affairs, 1 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
The final extraction for the first year of the Deficit Reduction Program will be drawn from the payroll period beginning May 22, 2014 (the June 18 paycheck will reflect the final deduction for the first year). Members will see the difference in their paychecks in July and August. The extraction for the first year of the DRP totaled 5 days' pay.
Extractions for the final four days of the DRP will begin in September, 2014 and continue through the academic year. The final extraction for these last four days will be drawn from the payroll period beginning May 21, 2015 (the June 17, 2015, paycheck will reflect the final deduction). This will complete the two-year Deficit Reduction Program required by the State, as specified in the 2011-2016 Agreement Between United University Professions and the State of New York.
Seven out of the 9 Deficit Reduction Days will be repaid to all bargaining unit members at the end of the contract period, beginning on June 30, 2016, spread out in equal amounts over 39 payroll periods. Employees who separate from service prior to the full repayment for the reduction will be paid the balance of money owned at the time of their separation.
This year the conference will take place on Wednesday, June 4th, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
The conference will take place at the University of Buffalo at 124 Center for Tomorrow, Flint & Service Center Road, Amherst, NY 14260.
The conference is free and space is limited - RSVP early (deadline is May 23rd)! You can register online at http://bit.ly/13UmyXL.
Update (04/10/14): Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program: Information and Deadlines
The application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is October 8, 2014. For details, see the complete description of the Drescher Leave Program.
As part of the events at the Spring Delegate Assembly, UUP will hold its annual Silent Auction - Basket Bazaar to raise funds for the UUP College Scholarship Fund. (Reminder, the Spring DA will be held on May 1 - 3 at the Albany Hilton in Albany.)
The ESC Chapter would like to donate a basket to this year's Silent Auction - Basket Bazaar. The theme for the basket is Family Night! Suggestions for items to donate include family movies(dvd), puzzles, candy, snack items, family games and/or microwave popcorn. Donate an item to support the UUP College Scholarship Fund!
Items should be dropped off on or before Monday, April 28th to the ESC Chapter Office and/or to Michelle Paine at 3 Union.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kate at the ESC Chapter Office.
Read President Malone's report to the membership.
The UUP has launched an ad campaign calling on the Legislature to support the creation of a public higher education endowment and to increase state aid to SUNY campuses, health sciences centers and hospitals.
The ads include a toll-free telephone number—1-888-866-2561—that you can use to call your state legislators and ask them to support the endowment and increased funding.
In the next couple weeks the legislature and the governor will be finalizing SUNY's budget, so it's important to call soon. For more details, see the complete memo from UUP President Fred Kowal.
The chapter submitted our response on February 7 to ESC’s Campus Plan for designating 111 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs as a Start-Up NY tax free location. The response outlines the chapter’s concerns with the Start-Up NY program such as the impact on the membership and the local community; the use of state and college resources; the selection of a partner company; and the cost effectiveness of the program. As part of the Start-Up NY regulations, our written response must be attached to the college’s submission of its Plan to the Commissioner.
Start-Up NY is the Governor's plan to draw business to New York by offering tax-free zones. Companies will pay no business, corporate, state, local, sale or property taxes. Employees of the Start-Up NY companies pay no income tax for 5 years--and those making under $200K (or $250K for head of household or $300K for join returns) pay no income taxes for 10 years. Although "all participating businesses must create jobs to receive the program's benefits...there is no minimum requirement for the number of net new jobs that must be created" (Q and A for businesses on the Start-UP NY website).
Please read the regulations regarding Start-Up NY -- a program that warrants careful scrutiny. For information about the Start-Up NY program, visit http://startup-ny.com/.
PBS NewsHour recently ran a piece titled, "Adjuncts in Higher Ed," featuring SUNY New Paltz Chapter President Peter Brown discussing the plight of low-paid adjuncts. Watch now: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#62335 (link opens in new window).
The 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and NYS received the final sign-off from GOER on 01/02/14 and has been posted on the UUP website (www.uupinfo.org/negotiations). The SUNY Board of Trustees Policies have also been updated as a result contract negotiations.
The SUNY Board of Trustees released an update of their policies in December 2013.