January 21, 2011

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UUP moves into second phase of negotiation


UUP Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler, standing, goes over results of the negotiations survey with members of the Negotiations Team and Negotiations Committee. Helping her run the PowerPoint presentation is Associate Chief Negotiator Mike Smiles of Farmingdale.

The two groups came together three days this week in Rye to clarify the union’s priorities for contract talks with the state. The UUP contract expires July 1.

After months of collecting data—through chapter visits, an online survey, member suggestion forms, face-to-face talks and other campus-based avenues—UUP wrapped up the information-gathering phase of negotiations, and began the painstaking process of reviewing and assessing the information gathered.

“We received a substantial amount of member input,” said Dangler of Cortland. “Team and Committee members have demonstrated a commitment to the process of incorporating members’ comments and concerns into a package of proposals that best reflect the needs of SUNY’s hard-working employees."

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