Albany Labor Day Parade!

UUP is participating in this year’s Capital District Labor Parade being held on Friday, September 9, in Albany!  We’re excited to invite you to this fun solidarity event! 

Line up starts at 5:15 PM. Please note that parking is at the Corning Preserve and attendees will be shuttled to the Parade start at Academy Park across from the State Capitol. As a show of solidarity as we are in contract negotiations, please wear your red UUP t-Shirt! 

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 6:00 PM

Where: New York State Education Department Building, 89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234


Phone: 518-783-9957


5:00 pm – Arrival time, park at the Corning Preserve beneath 787. CDTA buses will shuttle participants to the Parade Start (Academy Park across from State Capitol). Parade lineup below NYS Education Building.

5:15 pm-5:30 pm – Parade lineup

6:00 pm – Parade begins

There will be food, music, a rock wall, game truck, and fireworks at dark.

Professional Development

FREE Professional Development Opportunities

Books, Courses and Videos Anytime, Anywhere, 24/7 Access

Online eLearning is perfect for busy professionals and academics. Empire Knowledgebank (EKB) eLearning program allows employees to access eLearning products provided by Skillsoft Percipio.

Get your free license today!

What would you like to learn?

Empire Knowledgebank (EKB) has 1000’s of learning opportunities.

  • A refresher on Microsoft products?
  • Time management?
  • Leadership skills?
  • Respectful Communication?
  • Project Management?

EKB also offers Certifications:

  • Human Resources Certification (HRCI)
  • CompTIA
  • Digital Marketing Institute
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Microsoft Office

And many more!


Telecommuting Agreement Extended to December 31, 2022

UUP has gotten the telecommuting agreement extended to December 31st, 2022. We continue to fight for it to be extended further as well as to get it into our next contract.

Professional Development

UUP/IDA Awards 2022-2023

New York State/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committee Individual Development Awards (IDA)

IDA awards are one way in which full or part-time employees can support their professional development/activities. Any member of the bargaining unit (faculty and professional employees) can apply.

We have not yet received our allocation for 2022-2023, but we know, contractually, that these awards will be available.

Because the UUP contract expired on 01 July, the program has been given a nine- month extension. Thus, our allocation will cover the period 01 July to 31 March. We expect to receive the precise number early in the fall.

We have divided the year into two cycles. Cycle #1 includes activities between 01 July and 14 November. Applications for funding of activities during that period are due by 01 November.

Cycle #2 includes activities between 15 November and 31 March. Applications for funding of activities during that period are due by 18 March.

After our committee reviews applications, we forward our recommendations to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) for final approval. Once applications are approved by GOER, applicants will receive email notification.

As per the guidelines provided by the UUP IDA Joint Labor-Management Committee website, proposed projects/activities, which support professional development, can include:

  • Basic, applied, or historical research
  • Curriculum or instructional material development
  • Workshop, seminar internship or course work not covered by the Tuition Assistance program or SUNY tuition waiver
  • Conference participation or attendance
  • Preparation of material for publication
  • Grant Proposal development
  • Artistic or creative endeavors
  • Other work-related professional/scholarly development projects or activities

Members of the chapter can apply for up to $1000/academic year for one project.

The exact dollar amount awarded will be determined based on the number of applications received. Please make sure that your application includes a detailed budget to be considered.

Please also note that IDA funds can be used to supplement funding already received through the SUNY Empire Faculty Development Fund or Professional Development Fund.

All applications will be reviewed soon after the application deadline date by the committee that has been appointed by both labor and management: John Beckem (co-chair), Alan Mandell (co-chair), Carl Burkart, Sherri Newell, Veronica O’Geen, and Brian Carolan. Stacey Turner supports the committee’s work.

All applications must be signed by the applicant and should be emailed to Stacey Turner ( (Note: The application does not require a dean/associate dean’s signature.)


Join UUP on Labor Day

Dear Colleagues,  

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, working people across the country will celebrate the achievements of the labor movement. I’m writing to invite you to join UUP, the AFL-CIO, Central Labor Councils across New York State, and our coalition partners on Labor Day as we honor the hard work of our union colleagues and friends. This is an important show of solidarity, not only among UUP and its membership, but with the statewide labor movement.  

Additionally, on Saturday, Sept. 10, UUP will be participating in the nation’s largest Labor Day Parade in New York City!  

We urge you and your colleagues to join us—please share this information widely.  

Click HERE to register and find out more information about an event near you:  

Western New York: Labor Day Parade, Sept. 5
Capital District: BBQ Picnic and Celebration, Sept. 5
Syracuse, NY: NYS Fair Labor Day Parade, Sept. 5
Massena, NY: Labor Day Parade and Solidarity Celebration, Sept. 5
New York City: NYC Labor Day Parade, Sept. 10  

In solidarity,   Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D. President United University Professions