Upcoming Events, October and November 2017

NYS Constitutional Convention – GOTV Phone Bank Sign-Up

October 18, 25, and November 1, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More information can be found below:

Please contact the union office at buffalocenter@uupmail.org to participate, but October 11, 2017.

          October 25th, UUP membership meeting:
11-1, Center for Tomorrow Screening Room.
RSVP to Kristen LaBerta, krinker@buffalo.edu by October 20, 2017

October 26, noon – 1, EOC Downtown, Informal informational meeting
RSVP to Shirley Bennett, bennetts@buffalo.edu, by Friday, October 20th.

          Meet ‘N Greets:

          Breakfast with President:
November 7th , EOC, 8:30 – 9:30
November 8th, Buffalo Center Office (108 Commons), 7:30 – 8:30

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NYS Constitutional Convention – GOTV Phone Bank Sign-Up

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UUP Taking the Lead Politically

UUP Buffalo Center President, Tom Tucker and Political Outreach Chair,
Tim Tryjankowski out supporting UUP member, Monica Wallace in her campaign for NYS Assembly (143rd District).  Tryjankowski  is also a first time candidate running for Town of Clarence Committeeman. UUP’ers are taken the lead politically!


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“March with UUP” Contest

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In an effort to become more visible, and promote UUP throughout the campus; the Buffalo Center will be having a “March With UUP” contest throughout the month of March. Every Friday in March, Buffalo Center members who send an e-mail … Continue reading

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2015 UUP Negotiations Survey *Updated*

Results of the 2015 UUP Negotiations Survey.
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WNY Labor Today News

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Professional Obligation for Academics for the Coming Year

The Provost issued his annual letter setting the start and end date of the professional obligation for academics for the coming year. We understand that this memo does not go directly to all faculty, so wanted to ensure that each of you received it.  To view this letter 07-07-2015 Memo RE_Faculty Obligations and Responsibilities.

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Contractual pay raises due

We’re all getting a raise.

Two percent across-the-board salary increases will appear in July 29 paychecks for calendar-year or college-year obligation employees . Academic-year employees will be getting their 2 percent salary increases in September.

Bargaining unit members on the payroll as of June 30 (and at the time of payment) will also receive an additional increase of $500 added to their base salaries. This increase must be paid by Dec. 31, 2015. A payment date will soon be announced.

Also, Discretionary Salary Awards (DSA) will be allocated no later than Dec. 31 by campus presidents, who will decide when and how to distribute those funds. DSA will not be added to base salary. A portion of DSA money at every campus will be earmarked for part-time employees.

UUP secured these salary increases through hard-fought negotiations with the state. They are guaranteed in UUP’s 2011-16 contract with the state.

For more information on the raises and DSA, please click here.

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The latest legislative decision of the New York State Senate and Assembly

A message from UUP President Fred Kowal regarding the latest legislative session of the New York State Senate and Assembly – received 20 July 2015.

“The New York State Senate and Assembly concluded the 2015 legislative session early in the morning of Friday, June 25.  This legislative session was like no other, given the number of high-profile leadership and committee changes that occurred.

Still, UUP was successful in advancing a number of our priorities. The Legislature passed several of our key bills, including the Maintenance of Effort bill—which, if signed by the governor, will bring the state closer to paying its fair share to fund public higher education.

I am also pleased to report that the advocacy efforts of UUP and its coalitions resulted in these wins during the 2015 legislation session (includes budget issues):

● Passage of a bill that allows public employees who served in the military to receive pension credit for military service, regardless of when they served;

● Passage of a bill requiring the governor to submit to the Legislature, as part of the annual Executive Budget, five-year capital plans for the SUNY state-operated campuses and CUNY senior colleges;

● Passage of a bill that prohibits the state from sweeping outstanding SUNY hospital accounts receivable, such as tuition, fees and hospital charges into the general fund;

● The Legislature rejected a proposed 10 percent penalty to campus funding, which would have occurred if campuses failed to submit an approved performance-based funding plan.

● Maintained support for the DREAM Act, which passed the Assembly.

● Defeated the governor’s proposal to cut the SUNY Hospital State Subsidy by nearly $19 million.

● Defeated damaging language that would have opened the door for the privatization of SUNY’s hospitals.

● Increased the funding for the Educational Opportunity Program, Educational Opportunity Centers and ATTAIN Labs.

● Increased SUNY capital program funding.

These and other legislative and budget results are included in a comprehensive legislative summary, which is attached.  This session was filled with challenges, but together we were able to successfully advocate for bills that will improve the financial security of our campuses. Despite our hard fought victories, the battle continues.

I want to thank you for your advocacy efforts and ask that you continue this fight with us. We must monitor the implementation of the SUNY Investment and Performance Fund and continue an aggressive organizing campaign. We must take action now to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear the anti-union case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

We must redouble our efforts to organize and grow this great union. The time to prepare is now.

Together, we can make a difference.”

UUP End of 2015 Session Legislative Chart final pdf

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Contract Financial Provisions, 2015

A Message from UUP President Fred Kowal regarding Contract Financial Provisions, 2015 received 1 July 2015 (updated 2 July)

“First, the Deficit Reduction Program has ended and that has resulted in a bump upward in our members’ pay. Secondly, the 2011-2016 Agreement between UUP and the State of New York provides for the following salary increases and discretionary awards in 2015:

— UUP bargaining unit members who were on payroll June 30, 2015 will receive a 2% salary increase on July 1 (calendar year and college year employees) or September 1 (academic year employees).

— An additional $500 will be added to base salary of incumbents as of June 30, 2015 (pro-rated for part time employees) through the Chancellor’s Power of SUNY Award, to be paid no later than December 31, 2015. At this time we do not know the exact date this payment will be made. It will be retroactive to July 1, 2015 or September 1, 2015, depending on the employee’s professional obligation and whether they are active on the payroll at the time of payment. Employees who worked at least one semester during the 12-month period commencing July 1, 2014 and whose employment expires prior to July 1, 2015 shall be eligible for the payment if they are re-employed and active on the payroll on the effective date of payment.

Update from 2 July – Employees who are on a calendar-year or college year obligation will see the 2% across the board salary increase to the June 30, 2015 basic annual salary in the July 29, 2015 paycheck. Because of the lag payroll this paycheck reflects the pay period of July 2 – July 15.  Academic year employees will receive their 2% salary increase in September.

PLEASE NOTE: The Part-Time Employees Contract Fast Facts document at the following link provides information about the pro-rata formula for distribution of the $500 base increase to part-time employees:  http://uupinfo.org/negotiations/pdf/PartTimeFastFacts.pdf

— Lastly, 0.5% of payroll will be allocated to Discretionary Salary Awards (DSA), to be distributed at the discretion of campus presidents. DSA will not be added to base salary. It will be paid no later than December 31, 2015. On each campus a specific portion of the DSA pool will be earmarked for part-time employees.”

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