June 4, 2013

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UUP members have a new five-year contract with the state of New York.

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The pact, which passed June 4, won support from 77 percent of UUPers who cast ballots. UUP and state negotiators reached a tentative agreement on the contract in February.

The new agreement is retroactive to July 2, 2011. It runs through July 1, 2016.

“This definitive vote in favor of the tentative agreement affirms that our members understand the challenging times in which these negotiations took place,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “We are very pleased to deliver a fair and equitable contract to our members.”

“Although economic times are tough, we’re pleased the members recognized this contract does address longstanding work-related issues they’ve pressed for,” said statewide Vice President for Professionals Jamie Dangler, who led UUP’s Negotiations Team.

Members will get salary increases in 2013 and through the rest of the contract. They will also receive salary awards for reaching career milestones, health benefits with no co-pay increases for in-network medical services and Tier 1 drugs, and maintenance of dental and vision benefits.

UUPers also agreed to nine Deficit Reduction Days, or days without pay; members will be paid for seven of those days at the end of the contract.

A total of 8,188 members voted for the new contract; 2,485 voted against and eight ballots were invalid. The American Arbitration Association oversaw the ratification vote and counted ballots June 4.

View the official press release Here

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