Vacation Leave Donation

Dear Fellow UUP Member,

In case you don’t know it, you can carry forward only 40 of your vacation days into the next calendar year.

If you have accrued more than 40 days and do not use them by December 31, the state will take them back.

Instead of losing those days, we ask you to consider donating any extra vacation days to fellow UB employees who are very sick or seriously injured and have run out of sick time.

The vacation days will be converted to sick days for their use. Otherwise, they will fall off the payroll and also lose their health insurance, which could be catastrophic to many employees and their
families.

Whenever we have made this request, you have been very generous in donating days to your colleagues.  It has saved many of them heartache, anxiety and financial problems and they have all been very grateful.

Please note

· You can donate only those days you would otherwise forfeit. You can’t donate ten days on December 28 because you wouldn’t have been able to use ten days yourself before December 31.  So you have an extra ten days (for instance), you must anticipate that you will not uses them and donate them before December 19 (allowing for holidays). So time is of the essence.

· You can donate ONLY vacation days (not sick days) and you must have at least 10 vacation accruals left after your donation. All faculty members can receive donations but only faculty members on 12-month contracts can donate days because they, unlike those on 10-month academic year contracts, earn vacation days.
We also have specific members who are in need of additional sick days.  If you would like to donate your excess vacation days to them, or anyone else directly, please contact us.

If you are interested in donating excess days to the sick pool,

· Fill out the form here https://www.buffalo.edu/content/www/administrative-services/forms-catalog/forms-pw/vacation-leave-donation-request.html

Questions? Call Moriah Bolinsky Hegmann (716) 645-0898 or hegmann@buffalo.edu or
Nancy Kacala in Human Resources 120 Crofts Hall (716) 645-4440 kacala@buffalo.edu 

Thank you for your generosity.

Best,

Ezra Zubrow, president
UUP Buffalo Center

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Deficit Reduction RePayments will end 12/13/17

Dear Colleagues;

I received the following message from the State UUP office. .

Best
Ezra

“As we discussed on our recent (CHAPTER PRESIDENT’S)  conference call, the deficit reduction repayments will be coming to an end very soon. That means the seven lag days’ pay that was taken out of our paychecks early in our last contract will be fully repaid. Bargaining unit members who were subject to the DRP will notice a SLIGHT DECREASE in take home pay once the repayment ends.

We have been informed by GOER that the last paycheck which will include a DRP repayment is December 13, 2017. There is also going to be a “catch up” payment in the December 27th paycheck if the entire amount was not paid back.

Please disseminate this information to all UUP members utilizing campus e-mail. It’s imperative that members understand why their paycheck will shrink.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.”

In Solidarity,
Fred

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Did You Know: Mileage & Parking

Dear Colleagues,

Did you know that if you have to travel to a meeting located off site from your regular work location, you have several options:

-you can be told to take a University vehicle,
-you can be told to take the UB shuttle, or
-if neither if those are options, and you drive your personal vehicle, you are entitled to be reimbursed for both mileage and parking.

Mileage expenses are specifically referenced in the UUP Contract:

ARTICLE 22 Travel Allowances and Relocation Expenses

§22.2 Mileage Allowance The State agrees to provide, subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Comptroller, a mileage allowance rate equal to the Internal Revenue Service’s standard mileage allowance for the use of personal vehicles for those persons eligible for such allowance in connection with official travel

Also see – http://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/business-travel/mileage-and-per-diem.html which details your right to mileage.

Should you have any problems getting reimbursement, please let us know.

Tara Singer-Blumberg
Labor Relations Specialist

Did You Know: Mileage & Parking

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Upcoming Events, November 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS – NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2017

Breakfast with the President @ EOC (Downtown)
November 30th

8:30 am – 9:30 am, downtown at EOC
Please RSVP to Shirley Bennett at bennetts@buffalo.edu

Labor Management Meeting
November 29th

Ambassador Program – MiniVAN Training
December 7th(3 sessions – you only need to attend 1)
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm (in the chapter office – 108 Commons)

Chapter Board Meeting
December 12


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