March 27, 2013
Negotiators urge yes vote on contract
UUP Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler explains UUP’s new tentative contract agreement with the state to System Administration Chapter members.
The tentative pact, reached in February, reflects the best efforts of UUP’s Negotiations Team, Dangler told more than 80 System Administration members at a March 26 contract presentation in Albany. She addressed Cobleskill and Albany chapter members at their campuses in meetings on March 26 and 27 respectively.
Dangler pointed out that the agreement contained on-base salary increases for all members beginning in 2013.
“We are the only union that negotiated three on-base salary increases for everyone, in addition to the two 2 percent raises all state employee unions got,” she said.
UUP secured $500 base salary service awards for full-time employees who reach specific career milestones, or years of service. Part-timers would receive a $500 bonus after eight years of consecutive service. The awards are tied to the Triborough Amendment in the Taylor Law, which means they will continue after the pact expires.
Highlights and details of the tentative agreement are on the UUP website, at http://uupinfo.org/negotiations/index.php.
More than 400 Albany Chapter UUPers listened intently to Dangler’s explanation during her March 27 presentation. They asked detailed questions about health care benefits, the deficit reduction program, tenure and other contract provisions.
Negotiations Team members Richard Kelder of New Paltz, Pamela Malone of Empire State College, and James McDermott of Oneonta also participated; UUP President Phil Smith was ill and could not attend.
Union leaders have been crisscrossing the state since early March, visiting campuses to explain the tentative contract with members; the visits wrap up duing the week of April 23.
Dangler also urged members to vote on the agreement.
“Not voting sends the message that membership doesn’t care,” she said. “Please vote.”
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