UUP’s Response to COVID-19: Update from Statewide President Fred Kowal

Dear Colleagues,

Working with UUP chapter leaders, Labor Relations Specialists and members, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. In over 40 years of working together, we have never experienced something quite like this. The effects of widespread closures, the transition to online-learning, and the strain this will put on our hospitals and health science centers is unprecedented.

We want to take this moment to thank each and every one of our members for the valuable work you do on campus and in your communities every day. Now more than ever, the need for quality public services has never been more apparent. Our members’ creativity in providing quality public education and dedication to top-notch healthcare is truly what makes SUNY great. 

At this time, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls with questions and concerns. We are working together diligently to help each other find solutions and resources needed in times of crisis. Our conversations with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and SUNY are ongoing. And we have been successful on several fronts to expand the number of our members who are excused from work or authorized to work from home. As we receive questions and concerns from members, we are pressing for more from GOER and SUNY.

I would like to share our UUP COVID-19 resource page. This page will be updated as quickly as possible. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the information and share it with your colleagues. And, please check back often.

Additionally, at the bottom of the resource page you will find a place to submit any issues you have, or information that you have received. We want to make sure that your concerns and voices are being heard.

As always we are better together. Wishing good health to you and your loved ones.

In solidarity,

Fred