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June 4, 2013

UUP members approve new five-year pact with New York State

Members of United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents 35,000 academic and professional faculty on all the State University of New York (SUNY) state-operated campuses, have overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract with New York state.

UUP President Frederick E. Kowal announced that the agreement, reached Feb. 13, 2013, won the approval of 77 percent of the members who cast ballots. The American Arbitration Association conducted the ratification vote and tallied the votes today.

“This definitive vote in favor of the tentative agreement affirms that our members understand the challenging times in which these negotiations took place,” Kowal said. “We are very pleased to deliver a fair and equitable contract to our members.”

Representatives from each of UUP’s 32 chapters comprised the union’s Negotiations Committee. The Negotiations Team, headed by Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler, visited each UUP chapter at campuses around the state before contract talks began to collect input, and returned to campuses after reaching the tentative agreement to explain the pact and answer any questions.

“We knew when we started our negotiations this was going to be a difficult contract because of the state’s demands for givebacks,” Dangler said. Although economic times are tough, we’re pleased the members recognized this contract does address longstanding work-related issues they’ve pressed for, including clarified procedures regarding evaluations and promotions and enhanced grievance protections.”

A total of 8,188 UUP members voted for the new contract, and 2,485 voted against it. Eight ballots were declared invalid.

The new agreement runs from July 2, 2011 to July 1, 2016. Provisions include:

  • Salary increases in 2013 and through the remainder of the contract;
  • Salary awards for reaching career milestones;
  • Preservation of health benefits with no co-pay increases for medical services when in network and Tier 1 drugs;
  • Maintenance of dental and vision benefits;
  • Elimination of co-pays for many yearly preventive care physical exams, screenings, tests, counseling, and vaccines
  • Nine Deficit Reduction days to yield savings for SUNY, with seven repaid to employees at the end of the contract;
  • First ever requirement that discretionary salary awards be distributed to part-time and full time employees; and,
  • New provisions to address longstanding issues regarding terms and conditions of employment

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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