2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and NYS

From UUP President Fred Kowal

Dear Colleagues:

The 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and NYS is posted under the contract link at the top of the UUP home page:
www.uupinfo.org.

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations gave its final “sign off” on the contract document today.The process
of printing hard copies will now begin and you’ll be notified when those copies will be sent to the chapters.

Also posted under the contract link on the UUP website is the new edition of the SUNY Board of Trustees Policies, dated December, 2013. This new edition contains the following two changes that resulted from
contract negotiations:

Article XI (Appointment of Employees)
On pages 29-30, Article XI Title C, Sec. 4(1)a
Professionals in all six salary levels can now apply for early permanence.
The former language that limited eligibility for early permanence to professionals in salary ranks 1-4 has been removed from this new edition of the BOT Policies.

Article XI (Term Appointments)
On page 33, Article XI, Title D, Sec. 2(2)a
Part time employees are now eligible for a term appointment after 4 consecutive semesters.
Under the former BOT Policies, part time employees were eligible for a term appointment after six consecutive semesters.

In Solidarity,
Fred Kowal

Buy American, Buy Union-Made

Refer to NYSUT’s Buy American, Buy Union-Made resource guide when holiday shopping

This online list of resources is a helpful guide to products that are union-made and made in America.

Labor Film Series: BOXCAR BERTHA

  at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House (900 East Ave. in Rochester)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH: BOXCAR BERTHA (Martin Scorcese, US 1972, 88 min.)
Barbara Hershey and David Carradine sizzle on screen as a pair of train-hopping outlaws in this second directorial effort from Martin Scorcese. Like Bonnie & Clyde (1967) and Bloody Mama (1973), Boxcar Bertha depicts a female-led Depression-era crime spree. A sensational adaptation of Ben Reitman’s Sister of the Road, Scorcese’s version follows hobo Bertha and union leader Big Bill Shelly as they fight against the anti-labor railroad and an oppressive Southern society. With it’s violence and moral ambiguity–hallmarks of exploitation film–Boxcar Bertha raises issues of class, race and gender in 1930’s America.

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UUP Productivity Enhancement Program

Eligible UUPers can save $ on 2014 health insurance costs

UUP members who accrue vacation leave can save up to $500 on their share of 2014 health insurance costs.

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) allows eligible full- and part-time UUP-represented employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation) in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis.

But you have to act fast: The deadline to enroll for the 2014 plan year is Nov. 29, 2013.

Eligible full-time employees with an annual salary of $62,998 and below, and eligible part-time employees whose biweekly salary is within this range at the time of enrollment, who opt to enroll in the Productivity Enhancement Pro-gram for the 2014 plan year will forfeit a total of three days of annual leave at the time of enrollment in return for a credit of up to $500 to be applied toward their share of NYSHIP premiums.

Eligible full-time employees earning more than $62,998 and below $90,022 and eligible part-time employees whose biweekly salary is within this range at the time of enrollment, who opt to enroll in PEP for the 2014 plan year will forfeit a total of two days of annual leave at the time of enrollment in return for a credit of up to $500 to be applied toward their share of NYSHIP premiums.

At the time of enrollment, employees must:

  • Be an employee covered by the 2011-2016 New York State/UUP Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Be employed on a Calendar Year or College Year basis;
  • Be a full-time employee with an annual salary below $90,022 OR a part-time employee whose biweekly salary is within this salary range at the time of enrollment;
  • Be a NYSHIP enrollee (contract holder) in either the Empire Plan or
    an HMO;
  • Be eligible to receive an employer contribution toward NYSHIP premiums (or be on leave without pay from a position in which the employee is normally eligible for an employer
    share contribution toward NYSHIP premiums); and
  • Have a sufficient annual leave balance to make the full leave forfeiture without bringing their annual leave balance below eight days or a prorated balance for part-time employees, respectively.

PEP is a negotiated benefit in the 2011-2016 bargaining agreement between UUP?and NYS. Employees are required to submit a separate enrollment form for each year in which they wish to participate.

Contact your campus Human Resources Department or go here for more information and an enrollment form for the 2014 plan year.

 

THE WAITING ROOM (Peter Nicks, US 2012, 81 min.)

2013 Labor Film Series

All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue.

Download a printable version of the schedule

Friday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m.
THE WAITING ROOM (Peter Nicks, US 2012, 81 min.) Peter Nicks’ documentary centers on the patients, doctors, and staff of Oakland California’s Highland Hospital, offering behind-the-scenes access as well as insight into our current health care system. Blending cinema verité footage with interviews with doctors, nurses, staff, and patients, The Waiting Room is an unobtrusive, personal record of the hospital’s daily functions and the challenges of treating a community of largely uninsured patients.

All Labor Film Series films are shown at the Dryden Theater  of the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Rochester
You can pick up free tickets for the 
Rochester Labor Council film series from Eileen O’Brien in the UUP 
Chapter office Fraser 2, 245-5380.

BLACK DIAMONDS (Charles Hanmer, UK 1932, 53 min., 35mm) and THE MINERS’ HYMNS (Bill Morrison, US 2010, 52 min.)

2013 Labor Film Series

All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue.

Download a printable version of the schedule

Friday, October 18, 8 p.m. —Double Feature! 
BLACK DIAMONDS (Charles Hanmer, UK 1932, 53 min., 35mm) and THE MINERS’ HYMNS (Bill Morrison, US 2010, 52 min.) A stunning amateur film, 
Black Diamonds follows John Morgan (Beckett Bould), as he tries to raise awareness of miners’ working conditions by documenting them on 
film. A working coal miner himself, Hanmer produced and shot the film on location. Eight decades later, after Durham’s collieries shut 
down thanks to Margaret Thatcher, filmmaker Bill Morrison culled rare footage from the British Film Institute and other sources to 
reconstruct the workers’ lives in The Miners’ Hymns. Morrison mined the archives to give new meaning to the forgotten footage, 
connecting the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of the industry. The film’s images are accompanied by Icelandic 
composer Johann Johannsson’s haunting score.

All Labor Film Series films are shown at the Dryden Theater  of the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Rochester
You can pick up free tickets for the 
Rochester Labor Council film series from Eileen O’Brien in the UUP 
Chapter office Fraser 2, 245-5380.

Flexible Spending Account

Open enrollment ends Nov. 8

UUPers are urged to sign up by Nov. 8 for cost-saving Flexible Spending Account programs funded in the 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and New York state.

The 2014 open enrollment period for the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) programs is Sept. 30–Nov. 8, 2013.

Enrollment is done online at www.flexspend.ny.gov.

Even if you were enrolled in 2013, you must re-enroll for 2014.

Call Geneseo HR 245-5616 for more information

Those who enroll in the DCAA are eligible to receive an employer contribution of up to $800. The 2014 Plan Year Employer Contribution Rates for eligible employees are listed below.

If Your Salary Is:                                 The Employer Contribution Is:
  Under $30,000                                                             $800
  $30,001 – $40,000                                                        $700
  $40,001 – $50,000                                                        $600
  $50,001 – $60,000                                                        $500
  $60,001 – $70,000                                                        $400
  Over $70,000                                                               $300

 

 

 

TAXI! (Roy Del Ruth, US 1932, 69 min., 35mm)

2013 Labor Film Series

All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue.

Download a printable version of the schedule

Friday, October 4,    8 p.m. 
TAXI! (Roy Del Ruth, US 1932, 69 min., 35mm) 

After ruthless hoodlums destroy his taxicab, veteran driver Pop Riley (Guy Kibbee) takes matters into his own hands and 
kills the man responsible. In an attempt to organize a cabby resistance movement, young driver Matt Nolan (James Cagney) 
reaches out to Pop’s daughter, Sue (Loretta Young), for support. Despite a rocky start, the two fall in love, yet Matt’s 
fiery temper threatens to ruin their relationship and land him in hot water. A raucous ride, Taxi! handles the topic of
workers’ rights with pre-code panache.  

Introduced by labor historian Jon Garlock

All Labor Film Series films are shown at the Dryden Theater  of the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Rochester
You can pick up free tickets for the 
Rochester Labor Council film series from Eileen O’Brien in the UUP 
Chapter office Fraser 2, 245-5380.

NOTHING BUT A MAN (Michael Roemer, US 1964, 95 min., 35mm)

2013 Labor Film Series

All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue.

Download a printable version of the schedule

Friday, September 27, 8 p.m.
NOTHING BUT A MAN
(Michael Roemer, US 1964, 95 min., 35mm) Ivan Dixon stars as Duff Anderson, an itinerant railroad worker who falls in love with a preacher’s daughter, Josie (Abbey Lincoln). Anderson decides to get married and settle down. In his attempt to find work his collective sensibility, shaped by his union experience, results in his being blacklisted by the town’s white employers. Duff is forced to choose between his principles and making a living. Often cited as a milestone of American cinema, Nothing But a Man garnered two awards at the 1964 Venice Film Festival and was added to the National Film Registry in 1993.

You can pick up free tickets for the 
Rochester Labor Council film series from Eileen O’Brien in the UUP 
Chapter office Fraser 2, 245-5380.

What is Seamless Transfer?

“Seamless Transfer is SUNY’s plan to facilitate student transfer from SUNY campuses that offer A.A. and A.S. degrees to SUNY baccalaureate programs by mandating a university-wide General Education program. The Seamless Transfer process has restrained faculty oversight of curriculum. It has developed in the context of a narrow focus on more rapid degree completion, without acknowledging the full set of factors that affect student completion patterns. It is connected to a broader agenda to streamline, increasingly privatize, and drain substantive content from public higher education programs.”

Read the whold document. Here is a link to the UUP fact sheet on Seamless Transfer.  We will also be receiving hard copies in the UUP office. If you would like a copy, let Eileen know.