Updates to the Flexible Spending Accounts

Colleagues,

Hello.  I hope this email finds you well.  The recently signed CARES Act (Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security Act) enacts some changes to our Health Care Spending Account. Specifically,

  • Over-the-counter drugs and medicines can be paid for or reimbursed without a doctor’s prescription.
  • Menstrual care products are now considered a qualified medical expense and are eligible for payment or reimbursement. All expenses incurred after December 31, 2019 qualify, and the provision has no expiration date.

WageWorks is currently working on programming to the debit card as well as to the list of qualified medical expenses to account for these changes. Programming should be completed soon. In the meantime, if an enrollee incurs a cost for an item that is newly eligible that wasn’t correctly adjudicated as FSA eligible, the claim can be submitted through the app or online. Communication on these changes will be posted on our website. Current enrollees will also receive a communication. Details will follow. Please help distribute this information to your members.

In addition, the deadline for submitting for reimbursement for the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account has been extended from March 31 to April 30 to allow enrollees more time to submit claims for the 2019 plan year. Enrollees with an account balance were emailed a notice with the new deadline.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center Chapter

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Update

Please see the latest information from Statewide President, Fred Kowal.
Note that later last night it was announced that the Federal government has extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th:

Colleagues,

So much has been occurring in the past couple weeks and there are times when I fear that those of us at the statewide level and at many chapters simply can’t keep up with the various issues we’re all dealing with, nor can we keep the flow of information moving as quickly as it should. This quick email is meant to give you a brief run-down on the issues we’re working on at both the chapter and statewide level. We’re also working on a weekly Update message, which will be going out regularly to all of you on these efforts.

First, there already is a great place to start for regularly updated information. Our website has a direct link to all information related to the Coronavirus. Just click on the Coronavirus link at the top of the page and it will take you to a listing of resources, including a portal which members are using to post questions to us, the videos I’m making to detail what we’re working on, and numerous other items. There will be an updated Q & A which reflects the most recent progress we’ve made on issues and the new ones that are coming up thanks to input from so many of you, especially our chapter presidents, who are providing great information to us on a daily basis.

So, to start, go to www.uupinfo.org and you’ll be up to date.

Second, here’s a list of the issues that we’re dealing with now:

  1. Personal Health and Safety issues, primarily at the SUNY hospitals, but also for our members who have interactions with students and others at the campuses, e.g., residential life, financial aid, EOP, admissions, etc…
  2. Overtime/Extra-Service pay for those who are at the hospitals, working on IT issues for online education and adjuncts doing the prep work for online work.
  3. Childcare needs, primarily for those who are at the hospitals.
  4. Working to insure that the lists of essential personnel who have to report to campus is reduced to a minimum. NOTE: Today, the Governor announced that Non-essential state employees would continue to work from home at least until April 15. That’s an additional two weeks. Extending it further will be considered as we get closer to the 15th.
  5. Working to insure that the telecommuting agreement is working well for our members.
  6. Working to make sure our members’ reappointment, tenure, and permanent appointment procedures are followed in a way that protects our members’ professional status and health.
  7. Protecting the work we do in the online teaching environment, both in terms of intellectual property rights and the temporary nature of this work.
  8. Protecting the exclusivity of our work, while accepting that the use of volunteer labor is needed at the hospitals during this crisis.

There are other areas that we are working on both at the chapter and statewide level. The work involves multiple teleconferences with SUNY and the Governor’s office daily. But we are making progress on them. We are also doing amazing work at protecting our members at the chapter/campus level thanks to the hard work of our chapter presidents and LRS’s. And the work will continue for as long as the crisis continues. Please take advantage of email and the portal on the website to let us know if there are other issues you feel we need to address. And please circulate this email as widely as possible across your campuses. Our members need to know that their union is working with them and for them. We will continue to do all that we can to make sure we are all safe, both physically and professionally.

These are difficult days. But the work we do together empowers us and from it, we draw the energy, determination and hope that we will get through this. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

In Solidarity,

Fred

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DCAA & NYS-RIDE Adjustments for COVID-19 situation

Dear Colleagues,

Hello all.  We’ve received many questions from colleagues about stopping deductions from their paychecks for the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) and NYS-Ride. Here’s information we received from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations:

Dependent Care Advantage Account

Employees can stop their DCAA deductions or change their election amounts if they experience an eligible change in status. Due to the current situation most employees find that a resulting change in care provider and/or change in work schedule (for the employee or their spouse) are events that will allow them to stop or reduce their deductions. There are several reasons listed on the DCAA website, https://goer.ny.gov/dependent-care-advantage-account that can help employees make changes to their DCAA. Employees can submit their change online https://goer.ny.gov/enroll-online or over the phone, 800-358-7202.

There is no limit on the number of changes the employee can submit during the year. They may stop now, and re-enroll over the summer or next fall with the occurrence of another change in status event, until November 1. Since we only take 24 payroll deductions after November 1 we cannot make changes to the remaining pay period.

Reducing or stopping DCAA payroll contributions does not impact an existing DCAA balance. Any money contributed (including the employer contribution) to DCAAs remains in the accounts for employees to use for the plan year. If an employee enrolled during open enrollment, anything in their DCAA remains in the account for them to use for any daycare expenses from 1/1/2020 -12/31/2020. If they enrolled following a change in status, account funds may be accessed beginning with their start date through 12/31/2020.

NYS-Ride
This program allows flexibility to change your enrollment as your needs change. Information is available on their website:

https://participant.wageworks.com/cobrand/NYS/program-information/index.aspx

At this time we are not able to offer refunds for March NYS-Ride orders. WageWorks and transit authorities are working on solutions for future benefit months. If employees have specific situations or questions about NYS-Ride have them e-mail fsa@goer.ny.gov and we will get the right person at WageWorks to assist them.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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Updated Instructions – LiveHealth Online

Dear UUP represented employees,

Attached are updated instructions for LiveHealth Online. The instructions for the mental health scheduling have changed. Enrollees will have to enter a credit card when they schedule.

The card will be charged $25 if the member does not cancel the appointment within the 24-hour cancellation period. The coupon code will be used as payment when the appointment is actually ready to start.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

Click here for updated instructions

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Act Now – Contact Your Legislator Today!

Please see the following message from UUP Statewide President, Fred Kowal:

Dear Colleagues,

First and foremost, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to you and your families during these trying times.  The UUP leadership and I commend our health care workers, and all those who are dedicating their time and effort to keeping us safe and healing those who are sick.

Before this crisis struck, we felt confident about where the state budget was headed and that our advocacy efforts were going to produce real results on the issues of TAP Gap, capital funding and the acceleration of funding to cover our negotiated retroactive raises. Given the impending recession, we need to press for the state to grow revenue and not resort to draconian cuts. We are asking that members contact their representatives to protect public hospitals and higher education. Our public hospitals are currently playing a vital part in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus and this role accentuates the importance of increasing the state support for these institutions.  Students across SUNY need a financial commitment from the state so that they no longer need to bear the lion’s share of the cost of public higher education.

Contact your legislator and tell them they need to fully fund SUNY hospitals and campuses by passing the “billionaire’s tax” in this year’s budget. It’s time for the richest New Yorkers to pay their fair share.  Provided below is the link to the letter to send to your representative. Act now to support public hospitals and public higher education in New York: https://uupinfo.org/communications/uupdate/200325.php

In Solidarity,

Fred

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Empire Plan

Dear UUP represented employees,

I am happy to report that the telemedicine benefit is now available to enrollees in the Empire Plan, SEHP, and the Excelsior Plan. The Department of Civil Service has posted the message below on NYSHIP Online. In addition, they will send a notice to your Health Benefits Administrators for distribution and will send a postcard to UUP enrollees at their homes.

To access the telemedicine program, LiveHealth Online, enrollees must go to www.empireblue.com/nys to access the link and obtain the coupon code. The coupon code will be entered as the payment. Instructions are attached for signing up. Enrollees should follow the instructions and provide the information as it is requested.

UUP and the Empire Plan is doing all they can to support you and your family through this unprecedented time and is introducing a new telehealth benefit to help you access health care services remotely. LiveHealth Online lets you stay home and have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

If you are concerned about leaving your home to receive medical care or your ability to access care, The Empire Plan will cover telehealth visits at no cost to you. Register or login at www.empireblue.com/nys to get a coupon code to cover the full cost of your LiveHealth Online visit.

Please see the attached pdf for instructions and coupon code.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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Chapter Operating Update

Dear Colleagues,

The Buffalo Center UUP Suite 108 office will be closed until further notice.

While our “physical” office remains closed, our “virtual” office remains open.

Please continue to contact the office phone (276-3377) and e-mail (buffalocenter@uupmail.org) if you have any questions/concerns.

Currently, Kristen is able to monitor and forward any communications made to the Buffalo Center office phone, and e-mail. I remain in contact with Kristen, Tara, Danielle, along with the Officers, Board, Department Reps, and Tom Tucker. In addition, I am participating in conference calls (currently twice a week),  with our Statewide President, Fred Kowal.

​Our union’s conversations with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and SUNY are ongoing. We have been successful on several fronts to expand the number of our members who are excused from work or authorized to work from home.

As new information becomes available, we will be utilizing the member listserve. For the most updated information, please continue to check:

UUP Central Webpage – https://uupinfo.org/resources/covid19/

UUP Buffalo Center Webpage – http://uuphost.org/buffalo/

University at Buffalo Webpage – https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.html

Be safe.

In Solidarity,

​Kenneth H. Kern

Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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Protect Your Intellectual Property if you Transition to Remote Instruction

Please see the following from UUP Statewide Vice President, Jamie Dangler:

Protect your intellectual property if you transition to remote instruction

Members at our campuses who produce course materials – whether documents, videos, or recordings of class meetings – own the copyright unless they are under a written “work for hire” agreement with their campus that waives those rights.  Copyright enforcement as things enter cyberspace could be a problem, so a starting point is to advise that all materials, including recordings and videos, have a copyright notice or statement before they are posted. That is a first step to protecting one’s intellectual property.

As for using virtual meeting technologies such as Zoom, it’s very important for faculty to read the particular provider’s terms of service. What do they say they can do (or not do) with whatever is displayed or recorded onto their platform?

We have discussed intellectual property protection during the COVID-19 crisis with SUNY, so they are aware of our concerns. We will follow up as additional information develops. We’re still compiling information about all the different things occurring across campuses. Our copyright protections via SUNY Board of Trustees Policies remain in place, but enforcement at the campus level and the specific terms of service that faculty may sign on to for external providers such as Zoom raise many challenges. Intellectual property fact sheets are posted on the UUP website under Member/Resources:

https://uupinfo.org/resources/

In Solidarity,
Kenneth H. Kern

President, Buffalo Center Chapter UUP
520 Lee Entrance
UB Commons, Suite 108
Amherst, NY 14288
(716) 276-3377

“Together We Fight, Together We Win!”

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UUP Coronavirus Update

Please see the following message from Statewide UUP President, Fred Kowal:

Dear Colleagues,

Working with UUP chapter leaders, Labor Relations Specialists and our members, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In over 40 years of working together, we have never experienced something quite like this. The effects of widespread closures, the transition to online learning, and the strain this will put on our hospitals and health science centers is unprecedented. I want to take this moment to thank each and every one of our members for the valuable work you do on campus and in your communities every day. Now more than ever, the need for quality public services has never been more apparent. Our members’ creativity in providing quality public education and dedication to top-notch health care is truly what makes SUNY great.

We are experiencing a high volume of calls with questions and concerns. We are working together diligently to help each other find solutions and resources needed in times of crisis. Our conversations with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and SUNY are ongoing. And we have been successful on several fronts to expand the number of our members who are excused from work or authorized to work from home. As we receive questions and concerns from members, we are pressing for more information from GOER and SUNY.

New UUP coronavirus resources page

UUP has created a COVID-19 resource page, which can be found at this link: https://uupinfo.org/resources/covid19/. This page will be updated constantly.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the information and share it with your colleagues. And, please check back often.

Additionally, at the bottom of the resource page you will find a place to submit any issues you have, or information that you have received. We want to make sure that your concerns and voices are being heard.

As always, we are better together. Wishing good health to you and your loved ones.

In solidarity,

Fred Kowal, UUP President

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Additional Information Regarding the SUNY Telecommuting Pilot Program

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the following message from UUP Statewide President, Fred Kowal. Remember that a lot of information can be found on the UUP website – https://uupinfo.org/ , it is being updated constantly.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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Colleagues,

The following was sent to all staff at System Administration and was then sent to all campuses late yesterday. It is the present status of “essential/nonessential” policy regarding COVID-19. As you can see, the order that non-essential personnel work from home is linked to our telecommuting agreement. The latter provides the framework for how work will be monitored as many of us work from home.

However, we are continuing to work with SUNY and GOER to press for a much more liberal interpretation of “non-essential,” while also working to insure the safety of those who are essential at all our campuses – especially at the hospitals.

Thanks for all you’re doing and take care everyone…

Fred
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Message from Bob Megna
Coronavirus Update

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all non-essential state employees, including those here at SUNY, will work from home under a new Telecommuting Pilot Program designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The program was created through agreements with CSEA, PEF and UUP, and also applies to M/C employees. It will remain in effect until May 14, 2020.

Essential employees are defined as those whose job function is essential to the effective operation of their agency or authority. The term also applies to employees who must be physically present to perform their job, and those who are involved in the COVID-19 emergency response.

Non-essential employees are defined as those who do not need to be physically present to perform their jobs. The term also applies to employees who are not required to meet the core function and programs of their agency during this emergency response.

At this time, non-essential employees shall work from home, to the extent they are able. Employees will not be charged their accruals to fulfill this directive. Non-essential employees must call their supervisor or a designated contact no later than one hour prior to their regular start time, so any change in status can be communicated.

As the operational needs of the response shifts, specific job functions or work locations may be modified accordingly. Agencies and authorities may change an employee’s designation from either essential or non-essential at any time.

Supervisors should notify their employees of their status (essential vs. non-essential) as soon as possible. They should also provide a list of those determinations to Human Resources.  All telecommuters will be required to submit a work plan that includes hours worked and work completed. Employees must treat a telecommuting day as a regular workday in which the employee must maintain a regular work routine. More information about this policy as well as necessary forms will be provided tomorrow.

Anyone who has questions about the new program or an employee’s ability to work from home should contact Human Resources.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Bob Megna

Robert Megna
Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer
The State University of New York S407A
State University Plaza – 353 Broadway
Albany, New York 12246

robert.megna@suny.edu

Tel: 518.320.1364

Check us out at SUNY Finance and Budget  
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UUP – Telecommuting Policy

Colleagues,

UUP has reached an historic agreement with the State of New York to allow employees to telecommute from alternate work locations. The agreement is a two-month state-wide pilot which allows UUP-represented employees to telecommute if operationally feasible.

The agreement provides that, where it is operationally feasible, telecommuting requests should be granted to the greatest extent possible. This program is an attempt to strike a balance between protecting our members health and safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that the essential work that is performed on SUNY campuses continues to the extent practicable.

Employees interested in telecommuting will be required to submit a telecommuting application to their supervisor. The agreement includes tight time frames for review and approval of the request and a limited appeal process if the request is denied. Training will be required to assure that telecommuters are aware of the terms of and work rules applicable to telecommuting.

Telecommuting employees will be subject to a work plan which will define the telecommuting schedule and the work to be performed while telecommuting. SUNY cannot provide computer or office equipment or provide reimbursement for costs of internet access to employees interested in telecommuting but can provide necessary office supplies.

The agreement provides for the possibility that telecommuting may be mandated. However, it will not be mandated if the employee does not have the necessary computer equipment or internet access to work from the telecommuting work location.

The State and SUNY have historically resisted UUP efforts to negotiate a statewide telecommuting agreement that provides employees across the system the opportunity to telecommute. The State’s need to respond to the current pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to help protect our members’ health and possibly to establish that telecommuting, where operationally feasible, can work.

You can view the new telecommuting pilot program here:
http://uupinfo.org/resources/covid19/COVID19TelecommutingPilot.pdf

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
President
UUP Buffalo Center Chapter

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Course Content and Webinars to Help SUNY Faculty Move Online

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to share this information from UUP Central:

UUP learned yesterday that it’s not taking profiteers long to try to cash-in on COVID-19. In the rush to move coursework to ‘distance learning’ options, the SUNY Open Education Resources (OER) Services pushed the information below to campuses in an attempt to get colleges to encourage their faculty to register for their ‘free’ online education ‘shells’ that can be used to start basic online course construction seemingly saving the instructor time (see below). Also, if this format is used the students can get ‘free’ e-books that follow the OER course. Seems like a win-win? However, the quality of the materials (offered by Lumen Reading) is very low quality, forces the instructor to follow materials built-into the course which is a challenge to academic freedom and allows Lumen to collect data on course materials and users to market to in the future. It’s basically a loss-leader for Lumen to gain data. UUP is also concerned that copyrights to instructor works may not apply (as much of the material comes from Lumen), and review for tenure may be compromised if the work is not found to be of sufficient rigger by a tenure committee or supervisory reviewer. In short, we’re recommending that members stay away from this Trojan Horse.
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Given recent developments we are reaching out to make sure all SUNY faculty are aware of the high-quality digital course materials and related instructional technologies available through SUNY’s Ready-to-Adopt Course Catalog.  All of these offerings:

  • Are available to SUNY students and faculty at NO COST
  • Include ancillary materials (e.g slides, assignments, test banks, etc.)
  • Meet accessibility standards
  • Seamlessly integrates with your Learning Management System (LMS)

Courses, which can be requested through the catalog, can be set up within a few minutes and customized to meet your own needs.

To assist faculty who need to move courses online, we will be offering a series of webinars which will provide an overview of the set up process and best practices for online delivery.  Currently scheduled webinars include:

  • Friday, March 13th: 10 am – 11 am [REGISTER]
  • Friday, March 13th: 11 am – 12 noon [REGISTER]
  • Friday, March 13th: 1 pm – 2 pm [REGISTER]
  • Friday, March 13th: 2 pm – 3 pm [REGISTER]
  • Saturday, March 14th: 10 am – 11 am [REGISTER]
  • Saturday, March 14th: 12 noon – 1 pm [REGISTER]
  • Sunday, March 15th: 12 noon – 1 pm [REGISTER]

SUNY’s Ready-to-Adopt OER Courses are supported through a partnership between SUNY OER Services, Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and Lumen Learning.

Mark McBride
Library Senior Strategist
Office of Library and Information Services
The State University of New York
State University Plaza – Albany, New York 12246
Tel: 518.320.1655    Fax: 518.320.1554
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Chapter Cancellations and Closures

Colleagues,

The impact of the COVID-19 on our university operations is a fluid situation. As a result, your Buffalo Center UUP would like to announce the following:

  1. Pathways to Permanent Appointment Workshop scheduled for next week Wednesday 3/18, has been CANCELLED.
  2. The next two Financial Wellness Workshop Series scheduled for Friday 3/20 (Halfway There-TIAA), and Friday 3/27 (Insurance 101-Liberty Mutual) have been CANCELLED.
  3. The Buffalo Center UUP – 108 Suite will be CLOSED during Spring Break Week.

Our current plan is to reopen the office on Monday, March 23rd. During the office closure, any UUP related questions can be e-mailed to buffalocenter@uupmail.org ,

or you may leave a voicemail on our office phone 716.276.3377.  Messages will be checked periodically throughout the week.

I would encourage everyone to please be sure to follow official university communications. Important updates are listed on the following site: https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.html
and should be checked often.

We will continue to monitor impacts of the COVID-19 situation, and will forward information to you as we receive it.  The officers of your Buffalo Center UUP are committed to following up on any questions or work related issues you may have to ensure your employment rights as a member of the Buffalo Center UUP.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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COVID-19 Update: GOER Memo on Quarantine

Dear Colleagues,

The following memo from GOER came in late this afternoon regarding final guidance on quarantine payment and the ability for unit members to work from home if placed on quarantine.
In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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Updated Coronavirus Information at UB

Members are encouraged to check the following UB link for regular updates on the coronavirus: https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.html

 

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Urgent Announcement by Gov. Cuomo – Coronavirus

Please see the following message from Statewide UUP President, Fred Kowal regarding the Coronavirus:

Dear Colleagues:

In our efforts to address all aspects of the coronavirus’ impacts on our members, their professional lives, and health and safety, we have been working closely with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and SUNY.  We have also been in close communication with the Governor and his staff.  As you may know, the Governor just announced that SUNY and CUNY will be going to all online format for the remainder of the spring semester.  This brings into sharp focus a number of issues that we have been working on with SUNY.  We will expedite that work immediately.  We have also been receiving a great deal of information from nearly all chapters concerning what is being planned for this new reality.  It is imperative that all chapters continue to keep us informed of all information management is providing. The situation is changing by the moment and we will do our best to provide all the information we have as quickly as possible for you to disseminate to our membership.

In Solidarity,
Fred

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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3/18 Workshop: Path to Permanent Appointment

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Corona Virus Info

Dear Colleagues,

Here are the official links to the SUNY and UB sites regarding the Corona Virus:

https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus.html#title_1418584211
https://www.suny.edu/health-alert/?utm_source=home&utm_campaign=012020

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Financial Wellness Series

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Intellectual Property and Other Resources from UB Libraries

Dear Colleagues,

Your UUP chapter ran a workshop on intellectual property last week. We covered a lot of important information. During the workshop, we discussed some excellent resources available to employees through the UB libraries. Here are some of the links. We encourage you to review them:

-research guides on the UB Libraries’ site that are great resources about intellectual property and many other topics. You can find all of them by mousing over the “Research Help” tab of the website and then selecting “Research Guides.”

-some of the links on these guides are to subscription products that only UB affiliated people can use, but for the most part, the bulk of their content is useful to anyone.

Affordable & Open Educational Resources
Copyright (see “Exceptions” tab of this guide for information on fair use)
Copyright and Dance
Patents

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center

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UUP Funding Rally – Save our SUNY

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Workplace Conduct Survey


UUP has just launched a new Workplace Conduct Survey. UUP members can take the survey at the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkplaceConductUUP

The survey was written and is being distributed by UUP to gather information about our members’ experiences regarding workplace behaviors and interactions among SUNY employees that affect members’ job satisfaction and success. Survey results will be used for future initiatives and reports. Our goals are to better understand members’ perceptions and experiences and to identify ways to best support and improve conditions for UUP members at the campus level and across SUNY.  The results may be helpful for chapter and state-level Labor-Management discussions.

The survey can be taken anonymously. It is intended for all UUP members – UUP Professionals and Academics in all categories of employment (part-time and full-time contingent employees and employees eligible for or already with tenure/permanence).

The survey was developed through the work of UUP statewide committees in response to concerns voiced by members across campuses.

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Issue with Turbo Tax and Deducting Union Dues

Dear Colleagues,

Recently one of our members has notified us that there is a problem with TurboTax properly deducting your union dues when you itemize your taxes.  NYS form IT-196 line 44 is where you should see your union dues. If that number is a zero, that is a good indicator your union dues were not being deducted.  (Although depending on other adjustments, it is possible for that number not to be a zero and still have your union dues not being deducted.)  TurboTax is going to submit this issue as a bug fix and said they would eventually send out an email to anyone affected.  If you look at the instructions for the form ( https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/it/it196i.pdf ) on page 19, they give the instructions for line 44 and adjustment K (union dues).

UUP is not in the business of giving tax advice, but for those of you who use this popular program, we thought the information would be helpful in completing your taxes.   Thank you to our members for supporting each other and sharing this information!

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February is Black History Month

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2/7: Give a Smile Day

UB Dental would like to invite you to bring your children to GKASD on
Friday, February 7th.  Appointments are available and you must be scheduled to participate.  We would love to have more of the UB Community participate with their families for this event.   Please read the flyer posted below for more event information and for phone number to call to schedule your appointment.

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DSI Salary Compression

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you have asked me for more details about how the DSI Salary Compression will work.   I have received more information from President Fred Kowal and the UUP State Wide Office that I wish to share with you.

“The NYS/SUNY/UUP executive-level committee has completed the methodology for analysis and guidelines for distribution of the 2019 0.5% pools to address salary compression and inversion…”

“UUP’s goal throughout this process has been twofold. First, ensuring that the salary analysis at every campus is done as accurately as possible, given the complexity of the UUP-represented workforce across the system and data limitations we encountered. Second, ensuring that campus discretion is expressly limited to remediating compression identified in the analyses and that the distribution is proportional to the amount of everyone’s identified compression to the extent possible.  We are optimistic that the methodology and guidelines achieved these goals. ”

You will find a document attached to this e-mail.  It is a two-page summary of the salary compression analyses and guidelines.

“This has been and continues to be a complex and time-consuming process, both at the executive level and at each campus.  To ensure that the compression analyses are correct and that campuses have sufficient time to make required distribution decisions — including the extent to which the 0.5% DSI pool may be used to more rapidly remediate identified compression — the parties have agreed to extend the timeline for processing both the 2019 DSI and salary compression increases as outlined below:

  • Campuses are encouraged to make every effort to process both salary compression increases and DSI in time for Payroll Period 18 (paychecks dated 12/24/19).
  • Campuses (regardless of campus type) that require additional time shall process these payments in time for Payroll Period 19 (paychecks dated 1/8/20).
  • University Centers and Health Sciences Centers that require additional time beyond Payroll Period 19 must process these payments in time for Payroll Period 21 (paychecks dated 2/5/20). 

Regardless of date of payment, both salary compression adjustments and DSI will be retroactive to July or September depending on obligation.

As different campuses will now be processing these increases in different pay periods, we are awaiting an official announcement from UB’s HR to determine when salary compression and DSI adjustments will be paid on our campus.

“This process is historic, but very challenging for all of us.  On the one hand, it is remarkable that UUP is now partnering with SUNY to begin to address the long-standing issue of salary compression.  On the other hand, the complex process will create problems for us to solve collectively. But that is how progress occurs, with small but not insignificant steps.  Let’s hope we are at the beginning of a process that brings us all into a situation where our salaries more accurately reflect our skills, our expertise and our professional development.”

Salary Compression

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Individual Development Awards

Good afternoon,

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and United University Professions (UUP) are pleased to announce the availability of the Individual Development Awards (IDA) provided for and funded under the UUP 2016-2022 Agreement. The purpose of the awards program is to assist eligible full-time and part-time employees in developing their full professional potential with an emphasis on preparing for advancement.

IDA Program Details:

  • Funds are allocated for activity between July 2, 2019 and July 1, 2020.
  • Application Due Date: 1/3/2020
  • Award Amount: $1,000 maximum per award period. Employees may only be funded for one project or activity per award period. This is a reimbursement program.
  • Types of support available:

o   Registration fees for conferences or workshops

o   Travel and related expenses (includes lodging and meals)

o   Research-related supplies

o   Tuition at the maximum allowable SUNY rate at the time of application

Please note that should an individual receive an award, it must be a direct payment to the award recipient and may no longer be processed as a reimbursement to the department through an Inter-Departmental Invoice (IDI).

Please view the announcement on our website to learn more about program eligibility and the application process. If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Thank you,

UUP IDA Awards Committee

IDA Guidelines

IDA Instructions

IDA Application

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UUP Accomplishments – November 2019

Together We Fight November 2019

Will UB Support Increased Graduate Student Stipends?

The announcement that all but six departments within the twenty-nine departments of the College of Arts and Sciences were not to be given permission to recruit for Graduate Assistants for the 2020-21 academic year led to a successful petition — supported by the UUP chapter — for a special faculty meeting within a week of the announcement.

Acting Provost Scott Weber’s subsequent decision to give the College of Arts and Sciences additional finances of one additional year to address the consequences of the increased stipends for graduate student employees was a welcome relief for what could quickly have had substantial negative effects on faculty workloads and the characters of departments.   Graduate student recruitment was restarted across CAS.

The fact that faculty – being quite angry – mobilized against the originating crisis and also that our UUP chapter conveyed our support widely throughout the campus surely had a significant impact.  I have always felt that one great advantage of a union is the right to communicate with members: in this case, we used that right to very good effect.

In principle, Weber’s relief should lead to departments being in a better position to recruit graduate students for next year.  However, I sense that the higher administration may still use the opportunity for a money grab by not fully transferring the increased resources down to departments: Money is always fungible and the manner in which the policy change was initially implemented was very authoritarian.   See the next portion of my message which provides background evidence for my concern, and for much more!

New information has just been compiled by English Professor Jim Holstun, accessing the level of staff in Deans’ offices across the four SUNY Centers.  This data are as follows and CLEARLY exhibit the DRASTICALLY higher levels of management here in CAS compared to other campuses.  We are not even the same league with the others.  It is a wonder that the UB President and Provost ever have allowed this to occur, while they are always talking about tight budgets:

Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences

One Dean
Four Associate Deans
Five Assistant Deans
Two Directors

Binghamton University, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

One Dean
Three Associate Deans
Four Assistant Deans
Two Directors

Albany University, College of Arts and Sciences

One Dean
One Associate Dean and One Vice Dean
Two Assistant Deans
Two Development Officers

University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

One Dean
Nine Associate Deans
Seven Assistant Deans
Twelve Directors 
(emphasis added. P.Z.)

Note: While the campus sizes differ, such differences are NOT the origin of the difference:

SUNY Buffalo:  21,607 undergraduate enrollment
SUNY Binghamton:  13,986
SUNY Albany:  13,593
SUNY Stony Brook:  17,522

https://www.suny.edu/attend/visit-us/complete-campus-list accessed November 7, 2019

Paul Zarembka, Grievance Officer for Academics, UUP Buffalo Center

UUP filed grievances on behalf of several members who were non-renewed. All of the cases were ultimately resolved, in the members’ favor.

An adjunct’s courses were canceled after the appointment letter was signed. UUP was able to successfully challenge the cancelation.

UUP has filed three Improper Practice charges under the Taylor Law for unilateral changes to employees’ work schedules and increases in workload. UUP and SUNY are working with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to try to resolve these issues.

UUP successfully clarified with UB that employees cannot have a dress code unilaterally imposed upon them. Dress Code includes being told that you cannot wear jeans to work.

Tara Singer-Blumberg, NYSUT/UUP Labor Relations Specialist

On October 30, 2019 UB hosted a historic meeting where the New York State Senate on Higher Education Committee conducted a hearing on the affordability and funding of higher education for the first time at the University at Buffalo.   This hearing was an effort by our New York State Senators to listen to concerns about why funding SUNY is important.   NYS Senators sought to understand the impact of reduced state funding, while at the same time increasing mandatory expenses on its public institutions in an era of declining enrollments at many of the SUNY campuses.   Your Buffalo UUP Chapter played a critical role in this meeting by organizing testimony and generating attendees for this event.   UUP President Fred Kowal stated that close to 70% of the cost of public higher education is falling on students, where prior to 2008 it was about 30%.   If we are going to be a public higher education system, then New York State simply needs to invest in public education.

UUP leaders continue to meet with state elected officials to raise issues of staff shortages and an overreliance on adjunct faculty—who work at terribly how salaries throughout SUNY.    What was alarming was the lack of urgency expressed by SUNY’s leadership.  Even though SUNY budgets have been flat for a decade, there was no strong call for the state to take up its responsibility to the SUNY system.   At the UB hearing, it was alarming to see Tim Kennedy ask Beth Delgenio if the University is seeking assistance to pay off the $2 million a month loan payment for the medical school?   The response to the question was affirmative, but it was shocking to many UUP’ers why the ask was not in the initial statement by the university to the Senators.   This story can be seen throughout state hearings as the Senators try to understand.   UUP is working on yours and SUNY’s behalf.  We are ready for the work required to make SUNY to once again be the progressive champion our nation needs.  Together we will fight and make this happen.

Kat Kielar, Secretary, UUP Buffalo Center

We are always looking for our members to become active participants in their union.  Please consider volunteering for our events, committees or run for a board seat.  Need information on the many opportunities, please contact the chapter office at 716.276.3377 or buffalocenter@uupmail.org

Together We Win

Your UUP Buffalo Center Officers

Ezra Zubrow – President
Shirley Bennett – VP for Academics
Ken Kern – VP for Professionals
Kevin Ragland – Treasurer
Kat Kielar – Secretary

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DSI -Salary Compression Update

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you have asked me for more details about how the DSI Salary Compression will work.   I have received more information from President Fred Kowal and the UUP State Wide Office that I wish to share with you.

“The NYS/SUNY/UUP executive-level committee has completed the methodology for analysis and guidelines for distribution of the 2019 0.5% pools to address salary compression and inversion…”

“UUP’s goal throughout this process has been twofold. First, ensuring that the salary analysis at every campus is done as accurately as possible, given the complexity of the UUP-represented workforce across the system and data limitations we encountered. Second, ensuring that campus discretion is expressly limited to remediating compression identified in the analyses and that the distribution is proportional to the amount of everyone’s identified compression to the extent possible.  We are optimistic that the methodology and guidelines achieved these goals. ”

You will find a document attached to this e-mail.  It is a two-page summary of the salary compression analyses and guidelines.

“This has been and continues to be a complex and time-consuming process, both at the executive level and at each campus.  To ensure that the compression analyses are correct and that campuses have sufficient time to make required distribution decisions — including the extent to which the 0.5% DSI pool may be used to more rapidly remediate identified compression — the parties have agreed to extend the timeline for processing both the 2019 DSI and salary compression increases as outlined below:

  • Campuses are encouraged to make every effort to process both salary compression increases and DSI in time for Payroll Period 18 (paychecks dated 12/24/19). 
  • Campuses (regardless of campus type) that require additional time shall process these payments in time for Payroll Period 19 (paychecks dated 1/8/20). 
  • University Centers and Health Sciences Centers that require additional time beyond Payroll Period 19 must process these payments in time for Payroll Period 21 (paychecks dated 2/5/20). 

Regardless of date of payment, both salary compression adjustments and DSI will be retroactive to July or September depending on obligation.

As different campuses will now be processing these increases in different pay periods, we are awaiting an official announcement from UB’s HR to determine when salary compression and DSI adjustments will be paid on our campus.

“This process is historic, but very challenging for all of us.  On the one hand, it is remarkable that UUP is now partnering with SUNY to begin to address the long-standing issue of salary compression.  On the other hand, the complex process will create problems for us to solve collectively. But that is how progress occurs, with small but not insignificant steps.  Let’s hope we are at the beginning of a process that brings us all into a situation where our salaries more accurately reflect our skills, our expertise and our professional development.”

 

Best wishes,
Ezra Zubrow
Chapter President

 

Salary Compression

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Individual Development Awards Update

Dear Colleagues,

The official announcement regarding application for the 2019-2020 UUP/JLMC Individual Development Award (IDA) will be sent out by the end of November. The UB UUP IDA Committee is working to improve the IDA application form and submission process. This year’s submission deadline is December 20, 2019. Your patience is appreciated while the committee works to improve how members apply for the IDA benefit.

Funds for the IDA Program in the amount of $87,041 will be allocated to Buffalo Center for the period July 2, 2019 to July 1, 2020.

Information will be shared through this list when the submission process opens. For information about the IDA benefit see the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations website:

https://goer.ny.gov/grant-opportunities#professional-development

Thank you – on behalf of the UB UUP/JLMC Individual Development Award Committee

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UUP 2020 Productivity Enhancement Program

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10/30: Higher Education Funding Hearing

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10/23: Breakfast with the President

Breakfast with the President

Wednesday – October 23rd
8:30 am – 10:00 am
in the chapter office (108 Commons)

Coffee and Donuts will be provided.
Join your Chapter President, Ezra Zubrow
for coffee and conversation.

We hope to see you there!

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TIAA Cref Workshops

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9/24: Family Leave Workshop

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9/19: Voya Workshop – What’s Your Game Plan for the Potential Bear Market?

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New Contract Provisions – Effective July 1, 2019

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NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBER

Please note that we have changed our office phone number to
(716) 276-3377, effective immediately. Thank you.
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DSI Self Nomination – Deadline is May 31st

REMINDER: Deadline is May 31st

Dear Colleagues,

HR has set a deadline of May 31, 2019 for self nominations for DSI.  They want to be sure supervisors have time to read and consider self-nominations. This applies to all members of the Buffalo Center Chapter- professionals and faculty.

Chris Putrino, the Director of Employee Relations  has advised the chapter that DSI is solely at the discretion of the University and University leadership has not specified criteria for employee self-nominations or supervisory recommendations.

The University is not formally sponsoring an employee self-nomination process. The administration does not encourage (nor discourage) employees to self-nominate and
employees who decide to not self-nominate will be considered for DSI as well as those who opt to. The University offers no guidance on the content or format for any self-nomination. It is entirely at the option of the employee to submit (or not).

For those employees who opt to submit a self nomination, employees should address factors that they believe, individually, warrants them to receive DSI.

Employee self-nominations should be submitted by the close of business,
May 31st, 2019, to the employee’s supervisor.

Best regards,
Ezra Zubrow
Chapter President

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Salaried Employees: Leap Year Salary Calculation 2019-2020

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Results of the 2019-2021 Buffalo Center Chapter Elections

http://uuphost.org/buffalo/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Results.pdf

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Happy International Women’s Day!

UUP supports International Woman’s Day and wishes to build a
gender-balanced world!

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2019 Chapter Elections – Candidate Statements

Members,

UUP chapter elections are upon us and we are encouraging you to vote. Between March 6 and March 8th, you will receive a ballot at your home. These are to be received in Albany no later than April 10, 2019. Between April 10 and April 12, the ballots will be counted in Albany.

The Buffalo Chapter nomination list can be found at

http://uuphost.org/buffalo/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Buffalo-1.pdf

Finally, candidate statements for office can be found using the following links:

 President:

·       Kathleen Kielar https://drive.google.com/file/d/12icHPm-IBr1bhbZR_Kcv9lS9hn8xBm3V/view?usp=sharing

·       Ezra Zubrow https://drive.google.com/file/d/1egYev0ytTbOockdQLz0yOPS8-f1lxvFO/view?usp=sharing

 Vice President for Academics:

·       Shirley Bennett https://drive.google.com/file/d/152fRvFNWGr9bEucwL0IWHkleTuco08Q5/view?usp=sharing

·       John Cordaro https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pF4H8cuCsIHl-n9UYrbTEi3P33PXozbV?usp=sharing

Vice President for Professionals

·       Ken Kern https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rs5qaO81Zq4TLzLf_jhlJHXwQlgkWnd1/view?usp=sharing

Treasurer

·       Kevin Ragland  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cYazoEgcyfwkZdZslqdZCLatlVf80p79/view?usp=sharing

Affirmative Action Officer

·       Gwendolyn Triplett

Officer for Contingents

·       Phil Ryan

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Upcoming Events

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UUP Buffalo Center Chapter Blitz

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Upcoming Events for February 2019

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th – VOYA WORKSHOP

What’s Your Game plan for the Potential Bear Market?

1st & 10              How Long Can My Money Last?
2nd & 8               Should I Re balance My Portfolio?
3rd & Long         Should I Temporarily Move To The Sidelines?
4th & Inches      Should I Jump Back In When The Market Turns Around?

Don’t Panic!
Join us for the play by play

Friday February 8, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm
UUP Buffalo Center Office
UB Commons – Suite 108

Lunch will be Provided – Pre-Registration is required
Please contact Molly Pecoraro at 716-626-3928 or Molly@TeamIFS.com


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th – Pre retirement Workshop & Retiree Dinner

Thinking about retirement? Join us for a pre-retirement workshop on

Thursday, February 14th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Student Union Theater
Lunch will be provided

Walter Apple, our UUP Statewide Retiree Member Services Coordinator
will be presenting

 Topics include:

  • Retirement
  • Sick leave credits to offset the cost of retiree healthcare
  • Dual annuitant decision for sick leave
  • Medicare A, B and Prescriptions in retirement
  • Working after retirement: precautions and possible tax penalties
  • Continuing Union membership as a retiree
  • Retiree dental and vision coverages

Please RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/DJKDZV1ZEKC7LHKq2 by Feb. 11th

*This is a members only event*

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RETIREE DINNER

Hello Buffalo Center Retirees. Happy New year to you, I do hope you are staying warm and healthy this Winter season.

We, UUP Buffalo Center Retirees, will be holding a Retiree dinner meeting on:

February 14th, 2019
4:00pm to 7:00pm
@ Sean Patrick’s – 3480 Millersport Hwy., Getzville NY
Dinner will be buffet style

Walter Apple will be bringing and discussing benefits information. In addition, we also hope to have Jo Schaffer, Chair of COARM (Retirees) with an update on UUP happenings around the state.

If you know of a retiree from Buffalo Center that may not be a UUP member, please let them know and bring them along.

Please RSVP by February 8th, either by email or phone to Stacey Johnson at:
jhnsn@buffalo.edu (Email) – OR – (716) 885-2486


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th – VOYA WORKSHOP (Return on Life)

Join as we discuss:

  • Are you getting the best Return on Life possible with the money you have?
  • Are you using your money in ways that improve your life?
  • The 3 questions you must answer before deciding to retire.
  • How our interactive Return on Life Website will keep your Life at the Center of the Planning Process.

Hosted by: Voya Financial Advisors
Friday February 15, 2019
12:00 – 1:30pm
Lunch will be provided

UUP Buffalo Center Office – The Commons – Suite 108
Please RSVP to Molly Pecoraro at 716-626-3928 or Molly@TeamIFS.com

*This is a members only event*


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thursday, February 21st
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for the Arts – Atrium
Lunch will be provided

AGENDA

  • Discussion & VOTE on Chapter Budget
  • UUP Legislative Agenda; Amendments at the Delegate Assembly and other DA issues
  • UUP Elections Process
  • VOTE COPE Drive
  • Outcomes of the Labor Management Meeting
  • Possible Workshop Topics
  • Strategic Initiatives

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 14th at
https://goo.gl/forms/ZwDT9UgzdFN12Y2f1

*This is a members only event*

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2/21: General Membership Meeting

UUP Buffalo Center Chapter General Membership Meeting

Thursday, February 21st
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for the Arts – Atrium
Lunch will be provided

AGENDA

  • Discussion & VOTE on Chapter Budget
  • UUP Legislative Agenda; Amendments at the Delegate Assembly and other DA issues
  • UUP Elections Process
  • VOTE COPE Drive
  • Outcomes of the Labor Management Meeting
  • Possible Workshop Topics
  • Strategic Initiatives

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 14th at
https://goo.gl/forms/ZwDT9UgzdFN12Y2f1

This is a members only event

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2018 UUP Lump Sum Discretionary Recipients

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UUP NYS Paid Family Leave

Dear Colleagues:

The SUNY-specific NYS Paid Family Leave guidance, which implements the agreement to extend NYS Paid family Leave to our members, has been released.

The UUP specific guidance document can be found on the SUNY Benefits website at:
https://www.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/benefits/ltd/SUNY-PFL-Policy-December-2018.GOER-edits-12.7.18.pdf

Additional SUNY-specific information, including the SUNY-specific forms that The Standard created to apply for Paid Family Leave benefits, can be found at:
https://www.suny.edu/benefits/attendance/pfl/

Thank you.
Ezra Zubrow

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Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 5, 2018 – General Membership Meeting
(THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5th
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for Tomorrow
(Lunch will be provided)

Agenda to follow

Click the following link to RSVP
https://goo.gl/forms/x5lro2nvj9kTEeb33
(Please RSVP by Thursday, November 29th)

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DECEMBER 6, 2018 – Workload Creep Workshop
(THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for Tomorrow

(Lunch will be provided)

This session will cover provisions in the contract and Taylor Law to deal with increases in workload.  This workshop will also instruct participants in what steps to take to resist extra work and volunteer work that should not become part of one’s regular workload; documenting workload and workload increases; and asking UUP officers for assistance.

Click the following link to RSVP
https://goo.gl/forms/gxzkYSgBjxeEzd7n1
(for food purposes, please RSVP by Friday, 11/30)

Dec6_WorkloadCreep

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10/30: Reaching Nirvana-Path to Permanent Appointment

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UUP Buffalo Center – Committee Call Out

Dear UUP Members,

We are in need of your help to serve on our UUP committees.   Your union can only be as strong as its members’ participation and we are in need of it!

Below are “top priority” committees where we need your help.

If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please go to:  https://goo.gl/forms/iiU3S6R1rUhNEwnu2 to indicate what committee(s) you are interested in and someone will be contacting you by the end of the month.   Thank you ahead of time for your interest and willingness to give of your time and efforts.

Priority Committee Participation:

  • Elections Committee:  We are looking specifically for technology oriented people who can assist with running electronic elections using the Condorcet Internet Voting Service (https://civs.cs.cornell.edu/).  Instructions on how to use the system are developed.
  • New Employee Orientation:  We are looking for individuals who would be comfortable offering new employee orientations over the noon lunch hour.   The orientation materials have already been developed and we are willing to train people.  Further, should we receive enough interest, we are also looking for individuals to contact new employees to follow up on orientation/membership to the union.
  • Political Action/Outreach/VOTE Cope Committee:  Individuals who are interested in working with regional political campaigns, help register voters, encourage members of the university community to get out and vote, and help coordinate events for members to attend are asked to assist with this committee.   Please keep in mind the importance of this committee as it relates to how funds are distributed to SUNY and the University at Buffalo and the overall legislation that effects higher education in New York State.
  • Communications Committee:   We are seeking talented individuals who can assist with creating a strategic communications strategy for our chapter that can help link our work, our communications, and our events together that inform and educate our members using a variety of technology (e.g. CRM, Web, email, etc.).  Also, we have a newsletter
  • Department Representatives:  Department Representatives meet twice a semester for 2 hours usually starting at lunch hour.   UUP Officers will update Department Representatives of union initiatives and issues that are present across the state, as well as at the University at Buffalo.  The idea is that the Department Representative will take back valuable information to their own departments and distribute it among union members within the department.   High priority departments we still need representatives from include Accounting, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Engineering, English, Enterprise Application Services, Geography, Intercollegiate Athletics, IT Customer Service, Music, and Res Life Admin.    If you are in any of these departments, please consider spending some time with us.  We would love to see you!!!
  • Ambassador Program:  Ambassadors are very similar to Department Representatives and we have a lot of overlap of individuals who are Ambassadors, as well as Department Representatives.   Our Ambassadors have to go beyond the Department Representative Role of providing information to our members, but instead go out and get information from members such as updating member address information, seeking to renew memberships, and asking opinions on critical issues that affect unions today.   This is a critical role for the union to receive information from our members that it ordinarily would not be able to get.  Ambassadors are the personal touch that helps the union try to keep up with and stay ahead of members concerns and issues.

Additional Committees to be Involved With:

The following committees are also welcoming new assistance.

  • EOC/EOP Committee:  This committee deals with the concerns of the Educational Opportunity Center and the Educational Opportunity Program. If you feel you would like to participate on this committee, please let us know.
  • Women’s Rights and Concerns:  Traditionally this committee has dealt with women’s concerns of salary equity, fair workplace issues, and overall treatment.
  • Veterans:   Veterans play an important role in our country by protecting our freedoms.  This committee deals with identifying our veteran members, addressing their concerns, and ensuring that veterans are represented well within the union.
  • Safety & Health:  This committee was put in place to address safety and health issues across the campus. Thank you on behalf of the UUP Officers and Committee Chairs for your willingness to give of your time and talents.
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Important Contract Information

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Upcoming Events for Political Action

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10/18 Workshop: To Roth or Not to Roth that is the Question

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9/28 Workshop: Membership Has Its Advantages

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Did You Know: Notice Required if Quitting

Dear Colleagues,

Employees believe that they just need to give two weeks notice if they are quitting UB.  This is incorrect.

Article 32.2 of the Contract requires employees to give 30 calendar days’ notice if they are leaving UB (this does not apply to retirements).  If you cannot give the full 30 days’ notice, you should talk to your supervisor about waiving the requirement. It is within their discretion to do so.

If you have any questions about this, please contact:

Paul Zarembka, Grievance Officer for Academics
645.8686 or zarembka@buffalo.edu

Moriah Bolinsky Hegmann, Grievance Officer for Professionals
645.0898 or hegmann@buffalo.edu

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9/3: Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade & Picnic

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UUP Members are Invited to Attend

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Upcoming Event Information

Please note the following information with regards to upcoming events:

UB United Way Day of Caring – Wednesday, August 15th
If you feel so inspired, please wear your UUP gear for this event.

Labor Day Parade – Monday, September 3rd
You and your family are invited to March with us! We gather at the parade line up on Abbott Rd. at 11:00 a.m. Parade goes down Abbott Road to Cazenovia Park where a picnic is available to you and your family. Please RSVP to Kristen at buffalocenter@uupmail.org or call the office at 645-2013, if you plan on attending and how many family members will be marching with us.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Saturday, October 13th
Please contact Ken Kern by Friday, August 17th if you would like to coordinate Buffalo Center UUP’s presence at this event.

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Tentative Contract Ballot

UUP members, do not throw this letter away! This is the envelope that contains your ballot to vote on UUP’s tentative contract. If you haven’t received it, you will soon.
Please open it, VOTE and send it back. Show NYS that UUP is united and strong!

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Tentative Agreement Vote

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Fact sheet: Taylor Law Reform of 2018

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Urgent Information on New Choice NY Spam

Please see the following message from Statewide President, Fred Kowal.

I am writing to you today concerning two important issues.

First, several chapters have reported that members are receiving an email from a group called New Choice NY.  Please ask your colleagues to delete these spam messages.  New Choice NY is an anti-union organization which was recently created post-Janus specifically to mount a campaign to encourage members to resign their union membership. We are currently working with SUNY and GOER to address this spam distribution.  Please be advised that not all members are receiving this message because some spam filters are catching it.  If members have questions regarding their membership with UUP, they can call UUP’s Membership Line (518-640-6678) between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday.

Secondly, by now all members and non-members should have received a letter from me via USPS. This bulk mailing included a copy of UUP’s updated membership card. Many members recommitted prior to the mailing. If they have already recommitted, they do not need to do so again. We did this as another attempt to reach our membership as broadly as possible.  Again, any questions can be directed to our Membership Line (518-640-6678).

In Solidarity,

Fred

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Janus vs AFSCME Update

Dear Colleagues,

UUP has created a web page on the UUP website that will provide you with key information about the immediate and long-term impact the Janus ruling may have on your membership with the Buffalo Center Chapter.

The link is http://uupinfo.org/defendunion/Janus.php

In addition, UUP has launched a Member Information line at 518-640-6678.
This is a direct line that members can call with any questions you may have about UUP and your UUP membership. The number will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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6/7: PSS Conference

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Upcoming Meetings on the Tentative Contract Agreement

Please note the following dates which have been set up to review and discuss the Tentative Contract Agreement:

Tuesday, June 19th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Contract Negotiations Team Roadshow
Center for the Arts (Drama Theater)
Lunch will not be served.  Food is NOT allowed in the theater.


Thursday, July 12th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Informal Member Review
Buffalo Center Chapter Office (108 Commons)
Lunch will not be served.  You may bring your own food to the office.

Please RSVP to either (or both) of these meetings to Kristen at buffalocenter@uupmail.org

or call the office at 645.2013.


Who can enter the room?

Membership status will be checked before people enter the room.  The following will be allowed to participate:

  • confirmed members
  • fee payers/non members who sign the membership card that day at the table
  • retirees

* please note that non-bargaining unit employees will NOT be allowed to enter.

Membership Applications
Members will be asked to update their membership applications while they are there, as required by the Taylor Law

Click here to fill out the new membership application

 

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UB Downtown Campus

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Updated Parking MOA

Memorandum of Agreement
ADDENDUM

This Agreement is made and entered into as of April ____, 2018, by and between The State University of New York, University at Buffalo and United University Professions, hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Parties”, represented by the undersigned.

WHEREAS, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo (hereinafter referred to as “the “University”) is part of the State University of New York and is a public employer within the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, United University Professions (“UUP”) is a labor organization, duly certified as the exclusive bargaining representative for certain employees at the University and commonly referred to as the Professional Services Negotiating Unit or the “PSNU”; and

WHEREAS, the University and UUP are each covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions, which sets certain terms and conditions on employee parking; and

WHEREAS, the University and UUP are party to a December 7, 2017 Memorandum of Agreement (“MOA”), which sets certain terms and conditions on employee parking at and around several University facilities in Buffalo, New York; and

WHEREAS, the parties wish to addend and amend the MOA to delete, supplement and otherwise modify its terms and conditions as stated herein; and

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the above-stated premises, the Parties hereby agree to be bound as follows:

  1. The MOA contains an “Appendix A”, which details certain parking facilities that are made available to covered UUP employees. The Appendix A remains part of the MOA, subject to the revisions stated herein.
  2. The Appendix A lists “Gallagher Ramp” and “Ellicott-Dodge lot” as available parking facilities for covered UUP employees. Appendix A further lists the monthly costs of the Gallagher Ramp and Ellicott-Dodge lot as $57 and $75, respectively. Appendix A also states that shuttle service is available between the Gallagher Ramp and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (“BNMC”).
  3. Reference of the Gallagher Ramp, the monthly cost, thereof, and shuttle service, thereto, are hereby deleted. Effective May 1, 2018, the Gallagher Ramp will not be available to UUP covered employees, per the MOA, and the University and/or the BNMC may unilaterally cease to provide shuttle service between the Gallagher Ramp and the BNMC.
  4. The Ellicott-Dodge lot shall remain an available parking facility for UUP covered employees (it is also open to the general public), however the monthly cost is herebyreduced from $75 to $57. Parking spaces will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  1. The above-referenced modifications shall be noted in “APPENDIX A – REVISED”, attached hereto.
  2. “APPENDIX A – REVISED” shall be deemed a part of the MOA and shall replace “APPENDIX A”.
  3. All other terms and conditions included in the MOA remain in full force and effect, except as modified hereby.
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Update Your Contact Information

Buffalo Center Chapter Members –

Please click on the image below to update your contact information.
It is important that we are able to contact you and give you the most up to date information on UUP issues, contract information, legislation etc. Thank you.

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Rally for Respect – Photos

Click on the following link to view photos from our March 1st, Rally for Respect.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a1QGsl5VQk1r-1GPmM_EylIyqMJkSTEs

 

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This Weeks Event Schedule

RALLY for RESPECT – Event Schedule

Monday – February 26th

  • Informational Table outside of Commons (lunch hour)
    **Volunteers Needed**

It is imperative that we show strength and solidarity by ensuring a big turnout. As part of this, we are setting up a booth at the UB Commons to collect signatures and hand out information about the rally (and hopefully some swag) during the lunch period Monday through Wednesday next week.  If you are interested in volunteering to help man the table, please contact Alex Desha at adesha@buffalo.edu

Or click the following link to sign-up. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HMPYXc2F_9k0iQz7PI972lPV2QY2HA1GX0sQ0jnyAu4/edit?usp=sharing


Tuesday – February 27th

  • Informational Table outside of Commons (lunch hour)

Click the following link to sign-up/volunteer https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HMPYXc2F_9k0iQz7PI972lPV2QY2HA1GX0sQ0jnyAu4/edit?usp=sharing

  • Poster Making Party (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

We will be making posters on Tuesday night, all are welcome to stop by the UUP office and help make posters for the Rally on 3/1, in the Chapter Office (108 Commons)
Pizza and beverages provided


Wednesday – February 28th

  • Informational Table outside of Commons (lunch hour)

Click the following link to sign-up/ volunteer https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HMPYXc2F_9k0iQz7PI972lPV2QY2HA1GX0sQ0jnyAu4/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday – March 1st

  • RALLY FOR RESPECT!

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12:00 – 1:00 pm
Meet at the UUP office (The Commons, Suite 108)
Wear RED (UUP colors) as a show of solidarity


General Information

Email Tags –

As a show of solidarity, we are asking members to add the tagline “Proud to be UUP! In support of a fair contract” in the bottom of your email.

Email “Away Message” –

If you can, we are asking members to put up an away message during the time of the rally (12-1 pm), saying “I am out of the office”

* Please note – reminder – if you are required to work during the rally, you cannot leave for the purposes of going to the rally.*

 

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Important Contract Information


3/1: RALLY FOR RESPECT!

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No RSVP needed to attend. But we would appreciate your pledge of support.
Please click here to pledge your support.

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(it should read UBUUP-NOTIFICATION-LIST@listserv.buffalo.edu)

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Send your full name and email address to Kristen at krinker@buffalo.edu to be added to listserv.

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BYLAWS 2018

Bylaws Ratification


Ambassador Program Brochure

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Upcoming Events

– UPCOMING EVENTS –
FEBRUARY 2018


EOP/EOC Advocacy Day in Albany
Tuesday – February 13th

There will be a bus traveling to Albany
UB Pick up at 5:00 a.m. at Flint Loop
Buffalo State Pick up at 5:30 a.m. at Lot R12
(breakfast, lunch, snacks provided)

Click here for flyer


General Membership Meeting
Wednesday – February 14th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for Tomorrow
Please RSVP to Kristen at krinker@buffalo.edu


Department Rep. Meetings
Thursday & FridayFebruary 15th & 16th
(you only have to attend 1 session)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Chapter Office (108 Commons)
Please RSVP to Kristen at krinker@buffalo.edu

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