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NYS’s New Paid Family Leave Law: Implications for UUP Members

Fast Facts: New York State’s New Paid Family Leave Law Who’s covered by the law? Employees with 26 consecutive weeks of prior employment with the employer. What does the law cover? Leave for birth, adoption, foster care, or care of a family member with a

Spotlight Shines on UUPers

The April 2016 issue of The Voice spotlights three SUNY Fredonia UUP members – John Arnold, Natalie Gerber and Susan Spangler for their writing, editing and sabbatical work. Go to the April 2016 issue of The Voice (page 17). Or  Click here to read the

New Lens on Faculty Salaries

Work at a regional public university? You’ll earn more at a unionized, large urban institution, according to new analysis of faculty salaries. Professors A, B and C are old colleagues who work at three different regional public universities: one with 5,500 students in the rural

LEAD Institute

The LEAD Institute is completely ‘on demand’ with content and instructions all on one page.  Members can now view current workshops at any time and at any location they choose. Just follow the link – https://uuphost.org/leadinstitute/

UUP Fredonia Chapter wins Award of Merit for Best Website

At the UUP Spring Delegate Assembly held on April 17 – 18, 2015 our local  Fredonia Chapter won the Award of Merit for Best Website from the UUP statewide communication office. UUP President, Fred Kowal, presents our Fredonia Chapter President, Ziya Arnavut with the award.

NYS’s New Paid Family Leave Law: Implications for UUP Members

Fast Facts: New York State’s New Paid Family Leave Law

Who’s covered by the law?
Employees with 26 consecutive weeks of prior employment with the employer.

What does the law cover?
Leave for birth, adoption, foster care, or care of a family member with a serious health condition

UUP has issued a fact sheet that explains New York State’s new Paid Family Leave Law and its implications for our members. You can access it by  clicking here.

Spotlight Shines on UUPers

The April 2016 issue of The Voice spotlights three SUNY Fredonia UUP members – John Arnold, Natalie Gerber and Susan Spangler for their writing, editing and sabbatical work.

Go to the April 2016 issue of The Voice (page 17).

Or  Click here to read the article

New Lens on Faculty Salaries

Work at a regional public university? You’ll earn more at a unionized, large urban institution, according to new analysis of faculty salaries.

Professors A, B and C are old colleagues who work at three different regional public universities: one with 5,500 students in the rural South, one with 6,000 students in the Midwest and one large suburban university in California. They’re concerned about the future of faculty compensation, and they begin to compare notes about what each is earning in pay and benefits. It turns out the range is big — really big — from about $79,500 to $119,515 annually.

To read the entire article –  New Lens on Faculty Salaries April 4, 2016

LEAD Institute

The LEAD Institute is completely ‘on demand’ with content and instructions all on one page.  Members can now view current workshops at any time and at any location they choose.

UUP_LEAD Institute Logo

Just follow the link – https://uuphost.org/leadinstitute/

UUP Fredonia Chapter wins Award of Merit for Best Website

At the UUP Spring Delegate Assembly held on April 17 – 18, 2015 our local  Fredonia Chapter won the Award of Merit for Best Website from the UUP statewide communication office.

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UUP President, Fred Kowal, presents our Fredonia Chapter President, Ziya Arnavut with the award.

Davis Vision Benefit Enhancement

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce a new Davis Vision benefit enhancement. UUP members and retirees will pay a fraction of the retail cost for upgraded eyeglass lenses as part of a new vision benefit that began on February 1st.

Our members will be able to choose from wide a selection of lenses, including anti-reflective lenses, ultra/digital progressive lenses and polarized lenses. There is copay for the lens upgrades.

Please see the attached PDF for all the details.  Davis Vision Benefit Enhancements

In Solidarity,
Fred Kowal

Fredonia UUP Legislative Outreach Panel – Dec. 5, 2014

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.

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To read the rest of the article – The Voice Nov/Dec 2014 issue

 

 

 

Part-time Fact Sheet 2011-2016

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 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

Contingent Salary Minimum

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 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.

Best wishes,

Ziya Arnavut, Ph.D.
UUP Fredonia Chapter President

Contingent Faculty Minimum memo October 15, 2014

 

Magee: NYSUT is there for UUP

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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 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.”