Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 5, 2018 – General Membership Meeting

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for Tomorrow
(Lunch will be provided)

Agenda to follow

Click the following link to RSVP
(Please RSVP by Thursday, November 29th)



DECEMBER 6, 2018 – Workload Creep Workshop


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.

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(for food purposes, please RSVP by Friday, 11/30)


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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,


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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

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.



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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


Click here to pledge your support

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


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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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Not receiving UUP Buffalo Center emails?

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


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

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Bylaws Ratification

Ambassador Program Brochure

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Upcoming Events


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)

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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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