Amendments to the Chapter By-Laws

Amendments have been made to our Stony Brook West Chapter by-laws. To see the changes, click HERE Comments and or Suggestions should be sent to UUP@stonybrook.edu by May 1, 2017.

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And the Winner Is…Election Results

The results are in! We have a new set of officers that will officially take office June 1, 2017. Chapter President – Kevin Moriarity VP Academics – Fred Walter VP Professionals – Diane Bello Secretary – Andrew Manos Treasurer –…

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Vice President for Professionals. I have been active with the union since 2006. For those that are new. . . . and those that are not so new. . . . the union is a great way to get involved, make a different and connect with your co-workers. I have also been fortunate enough to develop many good friendships :-) Over my many years of involvement I have served on the College Review Panel (CRP), Community Service Committee, Grievance Officer (Chair), Women’s Concern Committee, and now, Vice President for Professionals. I look forward to working together to learn, embrace, face challenges and improve our union and our lives. It takes one person to make change. . . . I want to be a person that works to develop communication and interaction to make experiences positive for all parties. We are all in this together. Together we can make a positive impact on many. Wishing you the best, Diane

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The UUP represents both professional staff and faculty, but for too long the Stony Brook chapter has been dominated by the professional staff. Many of the faculty do not feel that they need the union, or are dismissive of the union. My aim is to turn this around, and see that a stronger faculty voice emerges from the Stony Brook Chapter. The Chapter has focused on contractual matters, which is its prime responsibility, nearly to the exclusion of everything else. A rejuvenated Chapter can use the power of our numbers to enhance working conditions on our campus, including the development of a stand-alone faculty-staff "club". We must together make the case that the faculty are a meritocracy, and that the nurturing of a productive faculty requires significant merit-based pay increases. We will make the pro-active case for the retention of continuing appointments (a.k.a. tenure), in anticipation of the inevitable attacks on tenure that will be coming, and we will strive to reverse the trend towards a greater proportion of contingent faculty. We shall continue to work closely with the University Senate on matters of mutual interest. We can ask our members to pass on their unique skills to their fellow union members, to the benefit of all in the University community. We must encourage the faculty to leave the ivory tower and inform the general electorate of the realities of today's world. Achievement of our goals, especially those that transcend the Stony Brook campus, may ultimately be limited by our being but one Chapter of the statewide union, but if we do not voice our concerns and our needs, they will not be heard. This University is too important to leave to the whims of administrators.

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