March 6, 2012

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UUPers learn to lead


More than 150 new and veteran UUP leaders from around the state gathered in Saratoga Springs for the union’s 2012 Spring New Leadership Training Program. The two-day event brought together more than 80 UUPers participating in one of six training workshops, including “The Collective Bargaining Agreement and Professionals Committees,” above.

Janice Newberry of Downstate Medical Center was grateful for the union training. She attended the “UUP: The Chapter” workshop and was looking forward to sharing what she learned.

“I wanted to get more involved in UUP and learn more about the process,” Newberry said. “My challenge is to gain knowledge so I can bring it back to my chapter and help the members I’ve worked with for more than 20 years.”

“This training has given me the information to jumpstart that knowledge,” she added. “It’s been a wonderful experience.”


The other workshops were “Civility in the Workplace,” “Collective Bargaining and the Taylor Law,” “Forums for Problem Solving” and “Building a More Perfect Union: Our Labor Heritage.”

More than 125 UUPers attended the event, held March 2-3 and run concurrently with the Chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents Retreat. It included a general session led by UUP President Phil Smith, who updated attendees on the union’s legislative activities to protect the quality and accessibility of SUNY.

Among the union’s challenges: securing adequate funding for the University and its three teaching hospitals, and fighting to keep Downstate’s University Hospital open. Other causes include beating back the state’s proposed Tier VI pension plan, increasing state Tuition Assistance Program funding to offset rising tuition costs, passing legislation to prevent NYSUNY 2020 capital projects from using tuition revenues, and requiring SUNY research and campus foundations to be more accountable and transparent.

The event also included breakout sessions based on campus types, an overview of UUP resolutions to NYSUT’s annual policymaking convention, and an update on the union’s contract negotiations with the state.

Click here to see more photos from the Spring New Leadership Training Program.

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