UUP Events at the Annual Meeting

Don’t forget about the UUP-sponsored events at this year’s Annual Meeting:

Wednesday March 20, 9 a.m. to noon:

  • Pre-Retirement Workshop
  • Academics Workload
  • Professionals Workload

Wednesday March 20, noon to 3 p.m.:

Personal care items collection at the Hospitality Suite.

Thursday March 21, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.:

Breakfast Drop-in With Chapter Officers

Thursday March 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information contact the Chapter Office:
518-580-4094, ext. 2571 –

Benefits Professional Development

Free Career Planning Courses Through the Empire Knowledge Bank

Please see the attached flyer for information on a series of online courses available through the Empire Knowledge Bank (EKB). EKB is provided through our negotiated Joint Labor/Management Committees, and this is a great example of how EKB courses can be grouped together.

Download the flyer.

Contract Negotiations General

Contract Now Available on UUP Website

UUP’s agreement with the State of New York, July 2, 2022 – July 1, 2026, is now available on the UUP website. 


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


Voluntary Insurance Benefits for UUP Members

UUP members have access optional insurance from the following providers:

General Professional Development

UUP/IDA Awards 2023-2024

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.

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 $2000/academic year for up to two projects.

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.

IDA Program Guidelines for 2023-2024

IDA Program Application for 2023-2024

Submit your application to

Activities will be reviewed in two cycles:

  • Cycle #1: Activities between July 2, 2023 and December 31 2023. Applications due on January 31, 2024
  • Cycle #2: Activities between January 1, 2024 and July 1, 2024. Applications due on April 30, 2024
Advocacy and Action

Vote “Yes” on Proposition 1

Proposition 1 is a proposed change to the state’s constitution that would correct a decades-old unjust flaw in our laws and FINALLY give small city school districts across New York state the same opportunities as their rural and suburban counterparts.

Right now, the more than 200,000 students that attend schools in small city districts — six in ten of whom are considered economically disadvantaged — can’t benefit from the borrowing power available to rural and suburban districts. This means fewer new schools or facilities, fewer repairs and improvements, and fewer opportunities. A YES vote on Proposition 1 rights this wrong, promotes fairness, supports students & families, and lifts up communitie

Current law hurts students that are most in need across the state. NYSUT strongly believes we can do better, and we strongly support voting YES on Proposition 1.