A call to serve: UUP chapter election process underway

If you have ever thought about effecting positive change for your colleagues or what it would be like to be a voice for a democratic process, or just get more involved in UUP, then now could be your time to run for a chapter office.

Nomination forms for UUP’s chapter elections have just been sent out to members. Nominations close Feb. 17, and elections will be decided in most cases by mid-April, unless a run-off is required. Only UUP members can be elected to chapter offices.

For more information about chapter elections and to view the full calendar of chapter elections deadlines, click HERE .

“We strongly encourage members to consider running for chapter offices,” UUP President Fred Kowal said. “This is one of the most important benefits of being a member of UUP: the opportunity to have a say in how the union is run, at the campus level and at the statewide level. It doesn’t matter if you have never run for an elective office ever before—all you need is a desire to serve and work with people who are committed to the labor movement.”

Chapter leadership can be a springboard to statewide service in UUP, and even greater national service in the labor movement, but often, it is first and foremost a way to take action at the most basic level: on your campus, by acting for the betterment of colleagues and your local part of SUNY.

Chapter officers can play a role in addressing issues that affect teaching and other work with students; they can catch and help correct workplace problems through the labor-management process, and they can be a line of communication to UUP’s statewide leaders.

Members interested in learning more about the UUP chapter elections cycle can join UUP Secretary-Treasurer Jeri O’Bryan-Losee for drop-in questions and discussions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.

Click HERE to register.