Retention Bonuses for Health Care Workers

We have just gotten word that the Division of Budget has released Budget Bulletin D-1200,  Budget Bulletin D-1200 (, which contains directions to state agencies concerning  how the health care retention bonuses will be paid to state employees. This covers SUNY employees who are performing qualifying service, in qualifying titles, who will be eligible for these bonuses. We are presently studying the documents to get as clear a picture as possible as to who is included. 

Having said that, those working in qualifying service in qualifying titles at the SUNY hospitals, at the UB dental school, at Optometry, and in student health clinics at all SUNY campuses will be eligible.  Individual employees will not be required to apply for or submit any individual documentation to qualify, SUNY management will be responsible for identifying all employees who qualify.  

This is a big win for our members and is the result of lots of hard work in advocacy with the governor’s office. Stay tuned for more information.

Contract Negotiations Town Hall

Join UUP for a Negotiations Town Hall

Contract negotiations are underway, and we want to make sure that every UUP member is educated and involved. Please join us for an upcoming Negotiations Town Hall to learn about the status of UUP/New York State contract negotiations and ask questions. UUP Chief Negotiator Bret Benjamin and Counsel to the President Elizabeth Hough will host these virtual town halls.

UUP Members-Only Negotiations Town Halls will be held on the following dates:

Oct. 3, 2022, 4 pm- 6 pm. Register here.

Oct. 7, 2022, 12 pm- 2 pm. Register here.

In solidarity with Campus Equity Week, a national week of action to highlight the structural inequities that characterize contingent employment, we will also be hosting two virtual town halls focused specifically on contractual proposals for contingent employees. All are welcome to attend, but the focus of these two sessions will be on UUP’s efforts during bargaining to improve the working conditions of contingent employees.

Contingent Faculty Negotiations Town Halls will be held on the following dates:

Oct. 26, 2022, 7 pm- 9 pm. Register here

Oct. 27, 2022, 12 pm- 2 pm. Register here.

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to be involved and support contract negotiations.

If you have any questions about UUP’s contract negotiations, don’t hesitate to email