Sept. 17, 2015

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Chief negotiator, Team meet with Long Island UUPers

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UUP Chief Negotiator Philippe Abraham told Farmingdale UUPers that he will be "patient but persistent" at the bargaining table in upcoming contract negotiations with the state.

Abraham made the comment during a two-day visit to the union's Long Island chapters Sept. 16-17. He urged members to share their comments and concerns with the Negotiations Team through a variety of venues, including an online Member Suggestion Form, upcoming negotiations survey, open hearings at Delegate Assemblies and via email at

The union's contract with the state expires July 1, 2016.

"We are facing the same governor, the same chief negotiator and an economy that is only a little better than the last time we were at the table," said Abraham, UUP's statewide vice president for professionals. "But for us, this is a new day, a new fight."

"Rest assured we have your best interests at heart, and we're going to fight like hell for you."

Abraham said UUP will craft its proposals once the Team is confident that members have had every opportunity to weigh in.

"We need people to sign up, show up for demonstrations and prove to the state that UUP is united," said Deputy/Associate Chief Negotiator Mike Smiles of Farmingdale. "If you don't want us to settle for what's being offered, you have to show up. Turnout is everything; the state is watching us."

Go to UUP's Contract Negotiations Web page for more information about the union's contract negotiations process.

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