Vacation Cap Extension

The NYS Office of Employee Relations has again agreed to suspend the January 1 40-day vacation credit cap contained in Article 23.2(d) of the 2016-2022 State/UUP Agreement.   As you will recall, two similar prior agreements suspended the January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022 40 day vacation caps    This agreement, which suspends the vacation cap for one more year will provide our members who earn vacation credits and who are currently carrying more than 40 days of vacation an additional year, and much needed flexibility, to exhaust excess vacation leave which they have been unable to use during the pandemic and which they currently have accrued.   

The text of our newest agreement reads as follows:

This will confirm our agreement regarding expiration of vacation leave accruals.

1.       Vacation leave accruals subject to our last MOA dated October 22, 2021 (which extended the deadline to December 31, 2022), may now be carried by employees through December 31, 2023.

2.       Vacation leave accruals earned between January 1 and December 31, 2022, that would otherwise expire at close of business on December 31, 2022, may also be carried by employees through December 31, 2023.

3.       Employees shall be permitted to accrue vacation leave in excess of the contractual maximum until the close of business on December 31, 2023. Thereafter, forfeiture of vacation leave accruals shall be governed by the operative language from the applicable collective bargaining agreement between the parties.

4.       All other conditions set forth in our last MOA remain in effect.


Flex Spending Account – Open Enrollment Period

Just in from SUNY Empire:

The Flex Spending Account (FSA) Open Enrollment Campaign for the 2023 plan year begins November 1 and ends December 12, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.  This deadline is strictly enforced.  If you are enrolled for the 2022 plan year, you must re-enroll to continue your benefits in 2023. 

The FSA program consists of three important benefits for employees:

  • the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA – for at least half-time, annually paid employees only)
  • the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA)
  • the Adoption Advantage Account

Eligible employees may choose to enroll in any or all of the accounts. This flyer includes additional information about eligibility and the available accounts.  Please note, if you become inactive on payroll, your enrollment in the FSA is automatically discontinued and it is your responsibility to re-enroll when you return to active status.

To enroll, submit your application online here or by telephone at 1-800-358-7202.  You will need your NYS Employee ID number, located on your paystub, to complete your application.

For questions, or more information, please call 800-358-7202 or e-mail or visit


GOTV Rally with Gov. Hochul

From Fred Kowal:

On Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm labor unions and supporters from across the Capital Region will rally at the Albany Labor Temple in support of Gov. Kathy Hochul, Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado and the rest of the slate of candidates endorsed by UUP and NYSUT. This is a critical election for our members. We have developed a strong and productive relationship with the Governor and her team. In the final stretch we must show up, speak up, and vote.

Please wear your UUP red! If you need a UUP t-shirt, please email Celine Mell at to coordinate.

Hope to see you there!


NYSUT Workshop – Many Threads, One Fabric.

Good Afternoon…

The NYSUT Social Justice Department invites you to participate in a workshop from NYSUT’s Many Threads, One Fabric. This training is titled “Sticks & Stones: Understanding Implicit Bias & Stereotypes.”

The workshop will be held virtually on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Breaks will be provided) Participants will explore the meaning of implicit and explicit bias as well as discover ways to confront and combat the bias within ourselves and others.

The purpose is to empower our members in raising awareness of the role that implicit bias plays in our classrooms, the education system, and the impact it has on our students, families and colleagues.

You must register for the workshop using the link below, by or before Close of Business on October 27, 2022.  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 29, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In solidarity,


J. Philippe Abraham

He, Him, El

Secretary-Treasurer, NYSUT


Your 2022 Voter Guide! From NYSUT

Take action!   Take action!  This November, we can rally around the powerful idea that public schools unite us. We can VOTE for candidates that are pro-education and pro-labor — that will support educators, help our students, protect our rights, and advance democracy.
The hardships from the past few years have deeply affected us all and remind us just how important our public schools, universities and hospitals are. NYSUT’s 2022 Voter Guide is built on our commitment to endorsing candidates up and down the ballot who will fight for the issues that matter to NYSUT members and allies — like funding for public schools, colleges and hospitals; safe schools for all; repealing receivership; tier equity; and so much more.

Click through to read NYSUT’s 2022 Voter Guide online or to download a PDF copy to read offline.

If you’ve already voted, THANK YOU! If not, please consider the endorsements in our 2022 Voter Guide as you finalize your plan to vote.  
In solidarity,
Andrew Pallotta, NYSUT President
Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT President  
P.S. It’s easy to read. It’s simple to digest. Check out NYSUT’s 2022 Voter Guide today!

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Advocacy and Action General Town Hall

Sign Up Today – Legislative Agenda Town Hall

From Fred Kowal, UUP President

As you may know, our Outreach Committee will be hosting two virtual town hall meetings to gather input as part of the development of our 2023 Legislative Agenda. The first one will be held this Friday (10/21) at noon, with a second being held next Tuesday (10/25) at 6 pm.

Please click the link below to register:

2023 Legislative Agenda Town Hall Registration Form:

If you are unable to attend either of these meetings you can submit ideas for UUP’s Legislative Agenda through our online portal here:

We had many successes last year due to the hard work of our members. And we have even greater opportunities to move our institutions forward if we work together. I encourage you to be active, participate in our advocacy efforts, and add your voice in advocating for our union and our common interests. Your ideas and suggestions are critical for us to create a comprehensive agenda that will gather political support across New York.