May 23, 2011

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The union’s 16-member Negotiations Team won’t stop working until there’s a new collective bargaining agreement in place


While the union and state await the formal exchange of contract proposals, UUP negotiators—including, from left, Edison Bond of Brooklyn HSC, Rich Kelder of New Paltz and Anne Wiegard of Cortland, above—continue to strategize, gather information, and determine the best ways to illustrate the problems workers face on campus and in the workplace.

Demonstrating the issues of greatest concern to UUP members is essential when negotiating against a backdrop of a burgeoning state budget deficit and anti-worker sentiments, said UUP President Phil Smith.

“We know how important our members are to the success of the state university, its public teaching hospitals, and the students and patients who benefit from SUNY every day,” Smith said. “It is imperative that UUP clearly and unequivocally show why we’re asking for improvements in our terms and conditions of employment.”

The current contract expires July 1.

How long it will take to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement is anyone’s guess, but UUP will keep its members informed every step of the way. The union will update members through Negotiations Bulletins posted to the UUP website and in upcoming issues of The Voice.

Members can contact Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler at for further information or to submit questions and comments.

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