Negotiations Update 6/1/22

Dear Colleagues,

It’s official. Negotiations over our next contract with the State have begun. On Friday, May 27, the UUP Negotiations Team met with representatives from the State’s Office of Employee Relations, Department of Civil Service, Division of the Budget and SUNY to formally begin negotiations.  

At this first session we presented our package of conceptual proposals. These proposals were developed by the UUP Negotiation Team, based on the extensive member input we received, and approved by the UUP Negotiations Committee prior to their presentation to the State. These conceptual proposals outline a targeted but ambitious bargaining agenda that attempts to address the varied needs of a diverse bargaining unit. 

We have now posted the UUP 2022 Conceptual Proposals, along with our next Negotiations Bulletin, in Members Only on the UUP website.  Please share this information widely with your membership, keeping in mind that the information is posted to the Members Only section of the website to ensure that we are communicating directly and exclusively with our membership and not with SUNY management, the state, or members of the public. 

UUP Members may access the conceptual proposals and the bulletin at UUP | United University Professions ( by clicking on “Members Only” on the Member drop down bar and following the directions in the ‘Members Only portal” for logging in. To log in members will need their UUP membership ID number, which can be found in the lower left-hand corner of their UUP membership card. Members will also need their UUP chapter code, which is listed on pay statements and in electronic payroll records as either their “department code”, “campus code”, or “agency code”. 

Additionally, we encourage all members who wish to learn more about UUP’s bargaining agenda to register for one of our upcoming virtual Town Hall sessions where Chief Negotiator, Bret Benjamin and Counsel to the President, Elizabeth Hough will present the conceptual proposals and answer questions. Town Halls will be held on June 8 at noon and 4pm, and June 9 at noon and 7pm.  Please register in advance, and sign up for only one session to allow as many members as possible an opportunity to participate.    

In solidarity,  

Fred Kowal, UUP President