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

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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)

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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!

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


3/1: RALLY FOR RESPECT!

Click here to print

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?

Click here to subscribe
(it should read UBUUP-NOTIFICATION-LIST@listserv.buffalo.edu)

OR

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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