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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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