January 3, 2022
UUP has reached agreement with the state to extend a telecommuting policy for SUNY employees through the end of June.
The agreement took effect Jan. 1 and is set to expire June 30. Both sides came to terms on the agreement days before the previous agreement expired Dec. 31.
“It is necessary and prudent to extend this agreement, especially with the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state, due mainly to the omicron variant,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “We look forward to working with SUNY to implement this extension, which will allow our members to work safely and our campuses to remain open.”
The extension includes no new changes to the previous telecommuting program. UUP was one of the first unions in the U.S. to secure a telecommuting policy for its members; the initial program was signed March 13, 2020.
According to the policy, the telecommuting program was put in place “to support implementation of telecommuting programs, where desired, establish guidelines designed to clearly articulate employee and campus expectations, and provide an additional vehicle for employee development while offering campus management the flexibility to operate a successful telecommuting program and plan for future workforce needs.”
Read the full agreement Here.