November 8, 2012

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Message from UUP President Phil Smith


Although Hurricane Sandy is behind us, its aftermath remains. Here at UUP Headquarters, we estimate that up to as many as a third of our members were affected by this storm--some of them are dealing with catastrophic losses.

As in past natural disasters, UUP has partnered with NYSUT, our state-wide affiliate, to help our members in need. Please click here to learn more about how you can help. And, importantly, how you can get help if you need it.

As you'll see, you can make individual donations to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund via Pay Pal. If you don't have a Pay Pal account, you can make a check out to "NYSUT Disaster Reflief Fund." Please send your check to:

UUP Headquarters
P.O. Box 15143
Albany, NY 12212-5143

If you're applying for financial assistance from NYSUT, please use the application form by following the links described here .

Thank you in advance for your generous donations....and if it applies, Good Luck! in dealing with your individual situation.

In Union...



Please watch this page, as we'll provide additional information as available:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP is responding to numerous requests for assistance from employees impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In these early days after the storm, EAP coordinators are helping employees find basic necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing and providing them with important health and safety information. Coordinators are also referring employees to resources where they can file claims, apply for grants, and obtain other disaster relief. EAP anticipates that in the coming weeks and months, many employees will have difficulty dealing with the emotional impact of the storms and EAP will be there to provide support and referrals, if needed.

Some EAP coordinators have made highly detailed lists of local resources, so employees are encouraged to contact their EAP coordinators or visit the EAP website at

Please click:

Here for information about resources in the NYC area

Here for resources in Nassau County, New York.

Here for resources in New Jersey.

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