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.


Individual Development Award Program Application

Below you will find a link for the Individual Development Award Program.

March 14, 2022, is the due date for all applications for activities taking place between  January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment and equal access to all programs and services without discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender.


UUP Organizing Academy

The UUP Organizing Academy is a new program for UUP members who are serious about strengthening and growing our union. It will offer fifteen workshops on organizing topics such as: one-on-one conversations, campaign planning, managing data, building teams, and more.

We are pleased to offer the first level of training – Basics of Organizing – in the Spring semester of 2022! See below for courses offered and schedules. Members who complete the whole series of courses will have their achievement recognized.

This training is for new and seasoned UUP union activists who want to:

  • Build union power
  • Grow UUP’s membership
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Run effective campaigns