LEGISLATORS FORECAST DIFFICULT FIGHT FOR STATE FUNDING In a year when New York is expected to have a small budget surplus, public colleges and universities may see a small increase in their state funding. But it’s unlikely that any SUNY campus will see a significant
Union membership: • Part-time employees are members of the collective bargaining unit represented by UUP. Employees who join UUP are full UUP members. They receive a full vote in all union elections and contract ratifications. They may hold any office in UUP and have all
Hi All, As you may know, UUP Fredonia chapter has been advocating $1000/credit as the minimum salary for adjunct faculty since fall of 2013. I would like to let you know that, last week, Provost Terry Brown officially announced the great news (see the attached
Great Service! UUP Fredonia and SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union are working together to help you! New UUP members who are in need of loans, due to delayed paychecks, can become members and apply to SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union for a loan of up
Newly elected NYSUT President Karen Magee’s message to UUPers was loud and clear: higher education is important to NYSUT. Vitally important. Magee, who spoke at the 2014 Spring Delegate Assembly dinner May 2, smiled as she was met with loud applause from delegates. She wasted
LEGISLATORS FORECAST DIFFICULT FIGHT FOR STATE FUNDING
In a year when New York is expected to have a small budget surplus, public colleges and universities may see a small increase in their state funding.
But it’s unlikely that any SUNY campus will see a significant restoration of the nearly $2 billions in state budget cuts to the SUNY system since the start of the Great Recession.
To read the rest of the article – The Voice Nov/Dec 2014 issue
• Part-time employees are members of the collective bargaining unit represented by UUP. Employees who join UUP are full UUP members. They receive a full vote in all union elections and contract ratifications. They may hold any office in UUP and have all the same rights as full-time employees. http://uupinfo.org/constitution/constitution.php
• The UUP constitution requires that every UUP Chapter have an elected Part-Time Concerns officer. http://uupinfo.org/constitution/constitution.php
To read the rest of the document – Part-time Fact Sheet 2011-2016
As you may know, UUP Fredonia chapter has been advocating $1000/credit as the minimum salary for adjunct faculty since fall of 2013.
I would like to let you know that, last week, Provost Terry Brown officially announced the great news (see the attached memo)!
Starting spring 2015 the minimum adjunct faculty salary will be increased to $900/credit. Thus someone, who is teaching a three credit course will be paid $2700. Eventually, this will be raised to $1000/credit.
Ziya Arnavut, Ph.D.
UUP Fredonia Chapter President
Great Service! UUP Fredonia and SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union are working together to help you! New UUP members who are in need of loans, due to delayed paychecks, can become members and apply to SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union for a loan of up to $3000 with an interest rate as low as 1.9% for a year. This lower interest loan is available until the end of August 2014.
Newly elected NYSUT President Karen Magee’s message to UUPers was loud and clear: higher education is important to NYSUT.
Magee, who spoke at the 2014 Spring Delegate Assembly dinner May 2, smiled as she was met with loud applause from delegates. She wasted no time telling them what they wanted to hear: that UUP can depend on NYSUT now and in the future.
“Higher ed faculty, health care professionals, teachers and SRPs—you all have something to say and the `new’ NYSUT is here to listen and to deliver!,” she said.
“I know in my heart that she will deliver on that pledge because she has already been there for UUP,” said UUP President Fred Kowal, as he introduced Magee. “She joined us in Brooklyn to fight for public health care and she is committed to fighting all the attacks that come against us.”
UUP strongly supported Magee and her slate—Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta, vice presidents Catalina Fortino and Paul Pecorale, and Secretary-Treasurer Martin Messner—in NYSUT’s April elections. All the NYSUT officers attended the delegate dinner.
After her speech, Magee and the rest of the NYSUT officers pulled on red UUP t-shirts as UUPers rose to their feet and applauded loudly.
Magee told delegates that NYSUT’s new leadership is keenly aware of higher ed issues, and is ready to lend its support and resources to aid UUP in its ongoing challenges—such as the chronic underfunding of SUNY, preserving jobs and services at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and SUNY’s other public hospitals and medical schools, and gaining equity for adjuncts.
“Thanks to our SUNY institutions, every citizen of New York state has access to a high-quality degree and top-notch health care,” Magee said. “And we want to make sure that access continues.”
She’s already made good on her promise. NYSUT was instrumental in negotiations that led to the state Board of Regents’ April 28 decision to delay full implementation of the edTPA and review its use as a requirement for initial teacher certification.
“These days, in their rush to hand out giveaways to big corporations and the wealthy, it seems like our state lawmakers have forgotten the value of the SUNY system,” she said. “But let me tell you, we’re here to make sure they remember!”
Magee closed her six-minute speech by urging delegates to “be the union” and calling on them to advocate for causes important for unions and the community, such as voting yes for local public school budgets May 20.
One way to do that is by joining NYSUT and UUP in Lake Placid for “Picket in the Pines,” a May 4 protest against anti-union “reformers” from the Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) meeting at Whiteface Lodge May 4-6 for Camp Philos, billed as a “philosopher’s camp on education reform.” The event is hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Show up, sign up, speak up,” she said. “Do whatever you can—big or small—to advance our cause as unionists and professionals.”
NEW YORK April 6, 2014 – Karen Magee, a veteran elementary and special education teacher from Harrison, is the new president of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers. Magee and her slate of officers were elected by a majority of the nearly 3,000 NYSUT delegates who voted Saturday at the union’s annual Representative Assembly in New York City.
Magee is the first woman to serve as NYSUT president, succeeding Richard C. Iannuzzi, the union’s president since April 2005. A teacher for nearly 30 years and a longtime leader of the Harrison Association of Teachers, Magee was elected to a three-year term to lead the state’s largest union.
NYSUT delegates re-elected Andrew Pallotta as executive vice president and voted for two new vice presidents: Catalina Fortino, UFT vice president for education and director of the United Federation of Teachers’ Teacher Center, and Paul Pecorale, a special education teacher in Patchogue-Medford and president of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers. Martin Messner, a health and physical education teacher in Schoharie and president of the Schoharie Teachers’ Association, was elected secretary-treasurer. Delegates also elected members of the union’s Board of Directors.
“Our team stands for change and our work begins now,” said Magee. “That includes taking on the tough fights and communicating clearly with decision makers at every level. We will be the voice they cannot ignore. We will defend public education and public service. Period.” In the weeks ahead, she and her team of officers will travel the state to call on “each and every member to BE the union, as we unite for change.”
“This election has revitalized NYSUT,” Magee said. “The record-breaking participation in this election shows how deeply our members care about their union. This commitment and passion will carry us forward into a new generation of activism.” She thanked Iannuzzi and the other outgoing officers for “their many years of tireless dedication to NYSUT and the labor movement,” and said she was confident members would now unite in common cause.
Magee is a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors and its Policy Council. She is an elected representative to the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. For more than a decade, Magee has served as an officer of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body, AFL-CIO and was the first woman to receive the WPCLB Labor Award.
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.
Caption: Left to right: Martin Messner, Secretary-Treasurer; Catalina Fortino, Vice President; Karen Magee, President; Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President; Paul Pecorale, Vice President.
Source: NYSUT Media Relations
At the recent membership meeting on April 2, 2014, UUP Fredonia Chapter’s 2014-2015 budget has been approved by the members who attended in person. We thank those members who attended. For more information about the budget, please click on the Budget option on the menu bar.
Labor-Management Meeting Notes
December 4, 2013, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Compiled by Bruce Simon
Present: Ziya Arnavut, Terry Brown, Michael Daley, Stephen Kershnar, Bruce Simon, Tara Singer-Blumberg, Idalia Torres, Jefferson Westwood, Junaid Zubairi.
Absent: Virginia Horvath [injury]
1. October 7, 2013 LM Minutes: Approved pending small clarifications and corrections in #5, #6, #11b. Issues around searches and procedures for policy revisions explored informally.
2. HARP Procedure Clarification: What happens if someone does not attend a deliberation? Since the goal is to encourage deliberation, meetings should be scheduled to allow for maximum participation, but if someone can’t attend, they are not eligible to vote, unless departments create and approve their own modification to this “default” understanding.
3. Buildings/UUP Office: We discussed possible locations in Jewett, Houghton, and Fenton for a relocated UUP office in light of construction, renovation, and other office moves. Director Daley will develop a timeline for decision-making.
4. Contingent Employee Issues:
a. Floor/Titles: Where is management’s evaluation/decision-making process regarding UUP EB proposals at? Provost Brown explained that she is committed to making the university-wide floor/minimum wage for part-time faculty concept work and continues to research current and optimum costs of instruction, possible funding models, and effects of any changes on compensation and ranks on the current Fredonia budget deficit. This research involves tracking enrollment and retention data, class sizes, course offerings, staffing of courses, and the number of adjuncts on campus, as well as tenure-stream and contingent faculty teaching loads, release time, average numbers of students taught by different ranks, and possible compensation rates that are competitive, appropriate to the work being done, and able to reward quality work. It also involves comparing us to national and SUNY data (by institution and program), examining proposed guidelines on class sizes and student credit hours per faculty member from various organizations, and the Delaware Study on cost of instruction. As a result, she can’t imagine bringing a coherent, comprehensive proposal to Cabinet this academic year. She has already integrated tenure-stream and contingent costs by department into a single spreadsheet for each department. She envisions a new funding model aligned with a new compensation model and with a new titling model, synchronized with HARP revisions. Not in 6 months, but she’s willing to make tough choices.
Brief discussion of external funding sources and advocacy strategies ensued, to be followed up offline.
b. Data Request: How far back can we track our use of contingent academic and professional labor (i.e., all faculty not eligible for continuing appointment and professionals not eligible for permanent appointment). Is it possible to break the data down by appointment type (full-time contingent, part-time contingent) and by semester? Director Daley informed the group that the migration of systems lost us some data, but Diane Howard is trying to merge two databases to track title, salary, appointment status, and changes of status, working backward from recent semesters. LRS Singer-Blumberg will ask UUP to study the issue, too. Part of the problem is that SUNY System Admin shares data with UUP and with SUNY campuses on different schedules.
Know Your Contract Workshop was held at SUNY Fredonia. The question and answer workshop was attended by 84 Fredonia UUP members. Presenters were Fred Kowal, Jamie Dangler, Philippe Abraham, and Tara Singer-Blumberg.
Here are some questions from Workshop:
Q: What is used to calculate Dependent Care Advantage/Flexible Spending Accounts?
A: Base salary (available to all full-time and part-time employees).
Q: DSA background?
A: Different from any previous contract–not added to base; campuses required to distribute $ to part-timers.
President Horvath will share exact amounts to be distributed to full-timers and part-timers with Ziya and Tara today; campus President’s decision, UUP role is to consult when requested and to act as watch dog. President Horvath did consult with UUP in Labor Management; no one perspective stood out when we took a survey, so we didn’t advocate a particular method. Management will certify to UUP who got what.
You can find the rest of the questions on Workshop document in this link : Know Your Contract Workshop 2013
President: Ziya Arnavut
VP for Academics: Cynthia Smith
VP for Professionals: Idalia Torres
Secretary: John Staples
Treasurer: Derrik Decker
Grievance Chair for Academics: Stephen Kershnar
Grievance Chair for Professionals: Jefferson Westwood
Membership Development Officer: Sandra Lewis
Officer for Contingents: Bruce Simon
Affirmative Action Officer: Junaid Zubairi
Amenities Officer: Melissa Sidor
Academic Delegates: Ziya Arnavut, Cynthia Smith, Thomas Morrissey, Gerda Morrissey, Mac Nelson, Joy Bilharz, Derrick Decker, Gurmukh Singh, Junaid Zubairi, Meral Arnavut
Professional Delegates: Idalia Torres, Michael Gerholdt, Sandra Lewis