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Updates on Contract Negotiations

Stay informed by visiting the "Negotiations" page on the UUP website.

(1/13/17): Get the latest update about negotiations at the UUP Members-Only web portal (login required; see the "Negotiations" page for instructions)

Note: Please do not publicly share or post information found in the Members-Only section; this information is confidential and intended for UUP members only.

Update (1/4/17): Join UUP at the Women's March on Washington

From UUP President Fred Kowal:
In the days since the election, UUP has recommitted itself to work that upholds the values we hold dear: access to affordable public higher education, affordable public health care for all, and the protection of civil rights, women's rights, social justice, tolerance and respect. We are pledged to fight against racism, hatred and hyprocrisy.

As part of our mobilization, and because it reflects our dedication to our princples, UUP has signed on as an official Partner of the Women's March on Washington, set for Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

While UUP is not organizing transportation to the march, we want to help you find, purchase and pay for bus tickets. We are offering a $60 bus subsidy to the first 300 UUP members who register to take part in the event.

To Register: Go to the registration page on the UUP website. Once you register, you will be directed to information about bus transportation from your region. You'll also find instructions about where and how to purchase bus tickets.

We share the Mission and Vision of the march's organizers, as well as their Guiding Principles.

For more information about the march, go to Twitter (@womensmarch); Instagram (womensmarch); or Facebook.

Please join your sisters and brothers at the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21!

Update (12/14/16): Help Union Workers This Holiday Season

Brothers and Sisters,

Please give this holiday season to union workers at Honeywell in Green Island, who have been locked out since May; and at Momentive in Waterford who have been on strike since November 2.

We hope that we can come out strong to help our union brothers and sisters have a happy holiday season even as they face tremendous pressure from greedy corporations!

It should be noted that workers at Honeywell make brake pads for airplanes, and Momentive is a chemical plant whose workers (among other things) make adhesives for airplanes. In both cases the corporations have hired scabs to perform the jobs that require highly skilled and experienced workers. At Momentive, chemical spills have skyrocketed since scabs have taken over.

Please give as generously as you possibly can to help these brave union members this holiday season!

For Honeywell workers, please make the check out to UAW Local 1508, and drop off or mail to:
Capital District Area Labor Federation
302 Centre Drive
Albany, NY 12203

For Momentive, make the check out to IUE-CWA Local 359 Strike Fund and mail to:
IUE-CWA Local 359 Strike Fund
P.O. Box 339
Waterford NY 12188

Thank you for your generosity and happy holidays!

Update (12/12/16): March and Rally for a Fair Contract!

The workers at Momentive have been on strike since November 2. These workers made the difficult decision to strike because they are committed to preserving good solid jobs here in our communities! They are fighting for a fair contract, and THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

Please join us for a march and rally for our IUE-CWA brothers & sisters on strike at Momentive: Tuesday, December 13th | 5:30 pm | Momentive Performance Materials. We need a massive show of support! There will be speeches, music, food and refreshments, please bring your friends and families!

Update (12/9/16): Deadline to Apply for UUP/IDA is December 12

The next deadline to apply for New York State/United University Professions Individual Development Awards Program (UUP/IDA) funds (Cycle III) is December 12th. This cycle includes activities between January 1 and March 31, 2017.

Because of the status of contract negotiations, this will be our last cycle of UUP/IDA funding for 2016-2017 (that is, our UIUP/IDA year ends on March 31st). We look forward to news about a new round of UUP/IDA funds that will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please find information about and the application for UUP/IDA funding at: http://nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/.  Please note that this is not an on-line application. The application needs your signature only and should be sent to Terri Hilton in the Office of Academic Affairs (1 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs).

The committee will make its decisions by the close of next week (the December 16th).

Any questions about this awards program can be directed to Terri Hilton at extension 2380 or terri.hilton@esc.edu or to Alan Mandell at extension 1255 or alan.mandell@esc.edu.

Update (11/29/16): Copyright, Intellectual Property and Your Rights as a SUNY Employee

UUP has posted a new information flyer on their website titled "Copyright and Intellectual Property: Your Rights as a SUNY Employee" (PDF)

Update (11/14/16): "Dr. Murray's Last Class," 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16, at Siena College

On Wed., Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., Siena College in Loudonville will host the premier screening of "Dr. Murray's Last Class," a 53-minute student-made film showing highlights of Paul Murray's course on the Civil Rights Movement. The film will be shown in room L-26 on the lower level of the Standish Library (Get directions from Google).

The film features local veterans of the Movement including Montgomery native Nell Stokes, school integration pioneer Jim Owens, SNCC activists Miki Conn, Center for Law and Justice founder Dr. Alice Green, Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb, Freedom Rider Albert Gordon, Selma marcher Susan Butler, and our own Jim Harrison recalling an episode from his Texas youth. The film concludes with a lively debate among the students on whether the Civil Rights Movement was a success or a failure.

The showing is free and open to the public.

Update (11/10/16): Tickets to see the Knicks, Rangers and Rockettes

Just in time for the Holidays! Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall have teamed up with the UUP Member Services Trust Fund to offer UUP members discounted tickets. This benefit is only offered to UUP members.

For more information please see the attached flyer (PDF; 1.4MB).

It pays to be a member of UUP.

Update (10/4/16):New Voluntary Benefits for UUP Members Effective January 2017

New voluntary benefit programs are available that will be administered under the Member Services Trust. The programs include the Hyatt Legal Plan and MetLife's Group Universal Life.  The new benefits will begin on January 1, 2017. Open enrollment will begin Oct 3, 2016. View the handout for more details.

Update (9/7/16): Support our colleagues at LIU's Brooklyn campus!

From "The Nation":

Classes Start at LIU Brooklyn on September 7—but Faculty Are Locked Out

From AFT's petition:

Since this spring, the Long Island University Faculty Federation has been engaged in contract negotiations with the administration at Long Island University. On Friday, faculty at the Brooklyn campus of LIU were informed, with less than a day’s notice, that their health insurance will be cut off and they will no longer be paid for their work. Instead, LIU plans to redeploy administrators and has hired strikebreakers to teach students when classes begin this week.

Ways you can help:

Sign AFT's petition: End the lockout and bargain a fair contract now

Flood the recruiting line at the number shown below:

LIU scab recruiting line: 718-488-1006

Update (9/2/16): Join us at the Labor Day Parade in New York City on Saturday, Sept.10

UUP will once again participate in the annual New York City Labor Day Parade. This is where UUP belongs - proudly marching up Fifth Avenue in solidarity with unions from across the state. UUP’s parade theme this year is “United for a Fair Contract,” and ties in with the union’s bid for a new, fair contract with the state.

Read Pres. Kowal's letter for complete details on how you can take part, including free transportation.

Update (9/2/16): IDA Awards for 2016-2017

Funding deadline for activities from September through December is Sept. 9. See the complete notice for more details.

Update (8/15/16): Upcoming SUNY System-Wide Staff Development Workshops

The NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees is pleased to announce two workshops: "Enhance Your Supervisory Skills" on Oct. 20, and "Respectful Communication and Conflict Resolution" on Oct. 26. See the full announcement for details.

Update (6/16/16): Act Now to Create a SUNY Endowment!

Send a fax to your legislators via the NYSUT Member Action Center.

Update (5/11/16): REMEMBER TO VOTE on May 17 for school budgets and boards!

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!

Find your Saratoga Springs polling place | Find out about Heather Reynolds.

See you at the polls!

Update (4/25/16): Update on Negotiations Related to Faculty Review Procedures

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).

Update (3/17/16): Empire State College UUP Proposed Budget for 2016-2017

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 donnamcarey@nycap.rr.com.

In solidarity,
Donna M. Carey
Treasurer, Empire State College Chapter, UUP

Update (11/10/16): Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for 2016

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.

Update (11/4/15): "Joe Hill's Last Will", a One-Man Show by Si Kahn

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.

Update (11/2/15): UUP IDA Awards Deadline is November 15

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.

Update (10/28/15): Campus Equity Week and "Professors in Poverty"

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 mhkuup@gmail.com.

Update (10/26/15): Chapter Bulletin -- Excellence in Unity

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.

Update (7/10/15): UUP Survey for Professional Employees

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.

Update (6/25/15): Deadline Extended to July 15 for UUP Individual Development Awards (IDA)

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
and the application can be found here: http://nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

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.

Update (6/8/15): Chapter Bulletin -- Excellence in Unity

The June issue of our monthly chapter bulletin, "Excellence in Unity," is now available!

Update (5/1/15): Chapter Newsletter -- Special May Day Issue

Check out our latest chapter newsletter!

Update 4/27/15: Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) ending in June

Get the Fast Facts from UUP on the end of the DRP program and what it means for you.

Update (4/10/15): ALL MEMBERS: CALL TO ACTION !

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:

  • Contact information for all of the Regents
  • Recommendations submitted to the Regents by United University Professions, Professional Staff Congress, and New York State United Teachers.
    Our recommendations are meant to get serious options on the table.

Please share your views with the Regents or send a simple message asking them to address the flawed system of new teacher certification exams.

Update (04/2/15): Help Fill a Basket to Raise Funds for the UUP Scholarship Fund

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!

Update 3/24/15: Chapter Election Results 

Our chapter election results (PDF) are posted and available on the UUP website .  Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to the elected 2015-17 chapter leadership!

Update 3/11/15: Empire State College UUP Proposed Budget for 2015-2016

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 donnamcarey@nycap.rr.com.

In solidarity,
Donna M. Carey
Treasurer, Empire State College Chapter, UUP  

Update (3/10/15): Community Forums on Public Education in New York State

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.

Update (3/4/15): UUP Pres. Fred Kowal on TV, radio Thursday 3/5

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:

City Call Letters Time
Albany WVCR-FM (88.3 FM)
WEDD AM1030/91.9 FM
5 p.m.
6 p.m.
Binghamton WSQX-FM (91.5 FM) 11 a.m.
Buffalo WBFO-FM (88.7 FM)
WNED-AM (970 AM)
8 p.m.
8 p.m.
Clayton WRVH-FM (89.3 FM) 8 p.m.
Cortland WFUC-FM (90.5 FM) 8 p.m.
Geneva Translator (90.7 FM)
WRVO-FM (88.9 FM)
8 p.m.
8 p.m.
Ithaca WICR (88.1 FM) 1 p.m.
Hamilton WRCU-FM (90.1 FM)
Translator (92.3 FM)
8 p.m.
8 p.m.
Kingston WLHV-FM (88.1 FM) 6 p.m.
Norwich Translator (89.9 FM) 8 p.m.
Odessa WINO-FM (89.9 FM) 1 p.m.
Oswego WRVO-FM (89.0 FM) 8 p.m.
Rochester WXXI-AM (1370 AM) 10 p.m.
Syracuse WRVD-FM (90.3 FM) 8 p.m.
Utica WRVN-FM (99.9 FM) 8 p.m.
Watertown WRVJ-FM (91.7 FM) 8 p.m.
Watkins Glen WRFI-FM (91.9 FM) 1 p.m.

Check your local listings to see what channel the show airs on in your area.

Updates (2/20/15): 

Copyright and Intellectual Property

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.

New Davis Vision Benefit

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.

Update (2/9/15): Anthem Data Breach

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.

Update (1/28/15): UUP Responds to Governor’s Budget

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.  

Update (1/23/15): Please attend a NYSUT Regional Planning Meeting Near You

Sisters and Brothers,
To help UUP continue to build coalitions and stay informed we are asking that UUP Chapter Presidents attend one of NYSUT's regional planning meetings.

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.

In Solidarity,
J. Philippe Abraham,
Vice President for Professionals
(518) 640-6600
(800) 342-4206
(518) 640-6698 (fax)

Update (1/15/15): Honoring the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King

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.

Jan. 18: Reclaim the Thunder: Songs for Social Change (Workshop)

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at The Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave. Albany
  • Facilitated by professional singer/songwriter Taina Asili, accompanied by La Banda Rebelde
  • For more information, and to register in advance, please visit Taina Asili's website.

Jan 19: 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Celebration

  • Doors open at 12 noon; event runs from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • William S. Hackett Middle School, 45 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
  • For more information, see the event flyer, call 518-452-0404 or email Jessica Dowsett at jdowsett@cdalf.org.

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

WAMC is a regional public radio network based in Albany that serves eastern New York and parts of six adjacent states. Its signal is carried in the following locations and frequencies:
  • Albany, NY - WAMC 90.3 FM
  • Albany, NY- WAMC 1400 AM
  • Kingston, NY- WAMK 90.9 FM 
  • Middletown, NY - WOSR 91.7 FM
  • Plattsburgh, NY- WCEL 91.9 FM
  • Canajoharie, NY -WCAN 93.3 FM
  • Ticonderoga, NY- WANC 103.9 FM 
  • Remsen-Utica, NY - WRUN 90.3 FM 
  • Great Barrington, MA - WAMQ 105.1 FM 
  • Mt. Kisco, NY - WWES 88.9 FM 
  • Stamford, NY - WANZ 90.1 FM
  • Brewster, NY - WANR 88.5 FM
  • Beacon, NY -103.9 FM 
  • Cooperstown, NY - 97.3 FM 
  • Ellenville, NY - 96.5 FM
  • Highland, NY - 102.1 FM
  • Hudson, NY - 97.1 FM
  • Lake Placid, NY - 88.7 FM 
  • Middletown, NY - 106.3 FM 
  • Milford, PA - 90.9 FM 
  • Newburgh, NY - 107.7 FM 
  • Oneonta, NY -- 99.3 FM, 90.1 FM
  • Rensselaer-Troy, NY - 93.1 FM 
  • Warwick, NY - 107.1 FM
  • Dover Plains, NY - 106.3 FM
Capitol Pressroom is broadcast live at 11 a.m. on WCNY in Syracuse at 91.3 FM and at the following stations at the times indicated:
  • Albany - WVCR-FM (88.3 FM) 5 p.m.
  • Albany - WEDD AM1030 and 91.9 FM 6 p.m.
  • Binghamton- WSQX-FM (91.5 FM)11 a.m.
  • Buffalo- WBFO-FM (88.7 FM)8 p.m.
  • Buffalo -WNED-AM (970 AM)8 p.m.
  • Clayton -WRVH-FM (89.3 FM)8 p.m.
  • Cortland -WFUC-FM (90.5 FM)8 p.m.
  • Geneva Translator - (90.7 FM)8 p.m.
  • Geneva- WRVO-FM (88.9 FM)8 p.m.
  • Ithaca- ICR (88.1 FM)1 p.m.
  • Hamilton- WRCU-FM (90.1 FM)8 p.m.
  • Hamilton -Translator (92.3 FM)8 p.m.
  • Kingston -WLHV-FM (88.1 FM)6 p.m.
  • Norwich- Translator (89.9 FM)8 p.m.
  • Odessa -WINO-FM (89.9 FM)1 p.m.
  • Oswego -WRVO-FM (89.0 FM)8 p.m.
  • Rochester- WXXI-AM (1370 AM)10 p.m.
  • Syracuse- WRVD-FM (90.3 FM)8 p.m.
  • Utica- WRVN-FM (99.9 FM)8 p.m.
  • Watertown- WRVJ-FM (91.7 FM)8 p.m.
  • Watkins Glen- WRFI-FM (91.9 FM)1 p.m.

Updates (11/21/14): Salary Increases, PEP and more..

Hello everyone! 

Here are a few updates from the chapter: 

Salary Increases

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.) 

Discretionary Salary Awards

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. 

Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP)

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 isNovember 28, 2014.   

Health Insurance for Part Time Members

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! 

Deficit Reduction Program (DRP)

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. 

Regarding ESC 2.0, moves and other changes

The chapter continues to bring your concerns to management, so please keep the lines of communication with your chapter leadership open! 

Membership Drive--did you receive a letter in the mail?

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.” 

Community Survey

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

Internal Professional Vacancies Online

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!

In solidarity, 
UUP Empire State College Chapter President

Update (11/12/14): Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for 2015

An updated "Fast Facts" (PDF) sheet is now available about the 2015 PEP program.

Update (10/8/14): NYSHIP Vaccine Coverage Enhancement

PDF version of a mailing recently went out about the enhancements to NYSHIP's vaccine coverage:

Update (10/6/14): Walk for a World Without Breast Cancer

Sisters and Brothers,
UUP Chapters and members always work with NYSUT on the Making Strides Walks across New York State. This year's walks in New York state are listed below; for more information, visit the Making Strides website.

Oct. 18

  • Niagara Square, Buffalo
  • Recreation Park, Binghamton

Oct. 19

  • 72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park, Manhattan
  • Prospect Park, Brooklyn
  • Clinton Square, Syracuse
  • Washington Park Parade Grounds, Albany
  • Orchard Beach, Bronx
  • Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
  • Corona Park, Flushing Meadows, Queens
  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Central Valley
  • Masonic Campus, Utica
  • Frontier Field, Rochester
  • Manhattanville College, Westchester County
  • Jones Beach State Park, Long Island

Oct. 25

  • Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, Watertown

Oct. 26

  • Watt Farms, Albion
  • Jamestown Community College, Jamestown
  • Queensbury High School, Warren County

Thank you for participating in this important event.

In Solidarity,

Eileen Landy, Ph.D.
Statewide Secretary
United University Professions

Update (9/17/14): People's Climate March (Sunday, Sept. 21)

Read the latest information from UUP President Fred Kowal on the People's Climate March. 

Updates (9/9/14):

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 uupescchapter@gmail.com or at extension 2571.

For questions about the local transportation, UUP members can also contact one of the following regional coordinators:

Empire State College Chapter at NY City Labor Day Parade!

ESC Chapter members

Update (7/2/14): UUP-Joint Labor-Management Individual Development Awards 2014-2015

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.  

Funding calendar:

Cycles Activity Dates Deadline Dates
Cycle 1 July 1- Nov. 30 July 15
Cycle 2 Dec. 1 – March 30 Nov. 15
Cycle 3 April 1 – June 30 March 15

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.

Updates (6/26/14; revised 6/30/14):

  • The Spring 2014 issue of the Chapter Newsletter is now available online.
  • Raises guaranteed by our contract will be coming into effect between now and December 31: 
    • UUP bargaining unit members will receive a 2% salary increase on July 1 (calendar year and college year employees) or September 1 (academic year employees).
    • An additional $250 will be added to base salary (pro-rated for part time employees) through the Chancellors Power of SUNY Award, to be paid no later than December 31, 2014. At this time we do not know the exact date this payment will be made. It will be retroactive to July 1, 2014 or September 1, 2014, depending on the employees professional obligation. Employees who worked at least one semester during the 12-month period commencing July 1, 2013 and whose employment expires prior to July 1, 2014 shall be eligible for the payment if they are reemployed and active on the payroll on the effective date of payment.
    • The Part-Time Employees Contract Fast Facts document at the following link provides information about the pro-rata formula for distribution of the $250 base increase to part-time employees http://uupinfo.org/negotiations/pdf/PartTimeFastFacts.pdf
    • 0.5% of payroll will be allocated to Discretionary Salary Awards (DSA), to be distributed at the discretion of campus presidents. DSA will not be added to base salary. It will be paid no later than December 31, 2014. On each campus a specific portion of the DSA pool will be earmarked for part-time employees.
    • For complete information, see the "New Contact Provisions" flyer on the UUP website.

Update (6/13/14): Deficit Reduction extraction suspended for summer paychecks

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.

Update (6/9/14):

Empire State College Student Lori Mould Sworn In As SUNY Trustee.

Updates (4/30/14):

Update (4/18/14): 3rd Annual Western New York Professionals Regional Conference

This year the conference will take place on Wednesday, June 4th, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Conference topics/workshops:

  • Performance Programs and Evaluations
  • Promotions and Salary Increases
  • On-call/Recall

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 (4/16/14): 2014-2015 Chapter Budget

View the budget request form and the details, provided by our chapter treasurer, Donna Carey.

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.

Update (04/8/14): Help Fill a Basket to Raise Funds for the UUP Scholarship Fund

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.

Update (04/4/14): Chapter President's Report

Read President Malone's report to the membership.

Update (03/10/14): Call Your State Legislators About Funding for SUNY Campuses and Hospitals

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.

Update (02/10/14): Chapter Responds to the College’s Start-Up NY Campus Plan

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/.

Update (02/07/14): "Adjuncts in Higher Ed"

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).

Update (02/03/14): UUP Contract Has Received Final Sign-off From GOER

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. 

Update (01/23/14): SUNY Policies Updated in December

The SUNY Board of Trustees released an update of their policies in December 2013.

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