UUP Accepting Applications for the Steve Street Award

SUNY students are invited to apply for an annual scholarship offered by
United University Professions.

The Steve Street Award is a one-time $500 scholarship given to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students enrolled at a SUNY campus who have created any paper or documented any project related to social justice issues or topics. This scholarship is available
to full-time and part-time students.

The application deadline is May 1, 2024.

The award is named for Street, a UUP contingent faculty member who taught at SUNY Brockport and SUNY Buffalo State College; he died of cancer in 2012.

See the Guidelines and Application for more details.

Professional Development

Help With Certification and Licensure Fees

The New York State/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committees (NYS/UUP JLMC) is pleased to announce two programs to help UUP-represented employees with the costs of attaining and renewing certifications, licenses or designations which are related to their profession or necessary for promotional opportunities and career mobility within the State University of New York (SUNY).

The Certification and Licensure Exam Fee Reimbursement (CLEFR) program assists employees with the cost of attaining initial certifications, licenses or designations.

Certification and Licensure Reimbursement Program-Renewals (CLRP-Renewals) reimburses the fees for certification, licensure, and designation renewals.

Additional information pertaining to the two programs, including eligibility and the application process is available at: and in the attached flyer. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact NYS/UUP JLMC staff at 518-486-4666 or email at:

Benefits General

PEP Payroll Processing Error

The NYS Office of Employee Relations has notified all the State unions, including UUP, about a payroll processing error related to the 2023 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) credit. As a result of this error, employees who had a PEP credit for 2023 did not have a deduction for their health coverage taken from their December 20, 2023 paycheck. We understand this was an error that impacted only one check and there will be no interruption in health coverage as a result.

The State has informed us that normal health insurance deductions will resume with the January 3, 2024 paycheck. In addition, a special deduction of up to $100 per paycheck will be taken to recover the amount of the missed Dec. 20, 2023 deduction. This special deduction will continue until the total amount of the missed deduction has been recovered.  Please remember that what the amount of the recovery is and how many pay checks it will take to recover it will vary from employee to employee and depend on whether the employee is enrolled in individual or family coverage, which plan the employee is enrolled in, and what the employee’s (income sensitive) premium share is.  

We understand that the Department of Civil Service is sending out letters to all impacted employees with details regarding the recovery process.  Please work with your LRS to address any questions/concerns your impacted members may have that are not answered by the DCS letter.

Professional Development

January 31, 2024 Deadline for IDA Applications

There is a  January 31, 2024, deadline for IDA applications re: activities between July 02, 2023 and  December 31, 2023.  For details please see the announcement for these IDA applications (PDF).  Below are the links to the IDA application and the guidelines.  Please use this email address to submit your application:

IDA Application

IDA Guidelines