April 6, 2016   *  Please post in your area • Happy Spring!!!!

Upcoming Events  

Workshop – Financial Wisdom for All, – Tuesday  April 12th • 12:00 noon Wang room 201, RSVP to 800-732-8353
Executive Board Meeting, –  Wednesday May 4th @ noon, Harriman Room 218 , RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

End of the Year Event, –  Tuesday May 10th @ noon, SAC Ballroom A, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

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Major Victory!

Colleagues,

The US Supreme Court released its decision on Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association this morning. In a victory for working people across the United States, the court — by  4-4 vote — upheld the 9th circuit court decision. This means that the Abood precedent holds: Public sector unions have the constitutional authority to collect union dues from all members of our bargaining unit, including so-called fee-payers.

Though we have good cause to celebrate this victory, be aware that we face numerous challenges requiring that we continue with our organizing campaign. There are many other cases in the federal court pipeline that will reach the court eventually, making the appointment of a replacement for Justice Scalia who is sympathetic to our cause of vital importance to all of us. This, in turn, should motivate all of us to take an active role in this years federal elections to insure that we have friends in the White House and in Congress.

I thank all of those involved in the important work of our organizing campaign. Let’s all work a little bit harder and create the powerful union that will benefit all of us, our families, and our students.

In Solidarity,
Fred Kowal, UUP President

Workshop: How Resilient Are You?

The Ombuds Office serving faculty, staff and students is sponsoring this workshop on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., at the Health Sciences Center, Level 3, Classroom 152.

Workshop description:  We are all wired differently, but learning how to become more resilient can improve: our well-bing, our relationships and our performance.  Resilience is the ability ” to bounce back” after encountering adversity or change.  Learn about resilience – what it is and what you can do – to have resilience work for you.

Click here to register

Welcome and Thank you!

A very warm Welcome our new Chapter President – Kevin Moriarty! We are so honored that you stepped up to the plate to serve as our new Chapter President. I know it is not an easy job and I’m sure we will all chip in where needed.
We are also sending out a very grateful Thank You to Jason who has served as Interim President these past months. He has done a fantastic job keeping us moving forward as well as pulling us together. His has been tireless and did an excellent job!


March 23, 2016   *  Please post in your area • Happy Spring!!!!

Upcoming Events  

Executive Board Meeting, –  Wednesday  April 6th • 12:00 noon,  Harriman Room 218, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

Front Page Discussion, –  Thursday April 7th @ noon, SAC Room 303, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/
Ken Lindblom, Associate Dean, School of Professional Development
Topic: What’s New in NYS Teacher Certification?

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Membership Drive!

It just got a whole lot easier to become a UUP member. Now you can sign up online. UUP has created an e-membership card that prospective members can fill out online and send electronically to UUP—instantly making them a UUP member. Everyone can fill it out! Even if you know you are a member!

Call for Volunteers: May Commencement Ceremonies
May Commencement is scheduled to take place on May 19 & 20, 2016.
The Office of Conferences & Special Events is seeking volunteers to assist with the ceremonies. Volunteers are needed for the
Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony, Baccalaureate Honors Convocation, and Main Commencement. There are also opportunities
to assist with the Grad Fair and Ticket Distribution. Please clink the link below to volunteer.

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SAVE THE DATE – National Minority Cancer Risk Awareness – HPV Cancer Risk

HPV Cancer Risk Awareness Workshop with Q&A
• Mon Apr 11, 2016 6pm – 8pm
• LDS Center – Stony Brook University – West Campus
Honoring National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States; an estimated 6.2 million persons are newly infected every year. HPV infection can cause cervical cancer in women and other types of cancers and genital warts in both men and women

Joyce Varughese,MD, Stony Brook University Gynecologic Oncology, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine will share information related to the cancer risk linked to HPV – Human Papilloma Virus. Presentation to include an overview of cancer risk, information related to increased cancer rates among minority population, HPV risk awareness; risk affiliated with HPV; how to prevent the spread of HPV. Campus resources and information will be shared and available at our information table supported by WST Health Interns and Chill Peer Educator.


March 9, 2016   *  Please post in your area • ONLY 4 days to Daylight Saving!!!

Upcoming Events
 
Academic Council Meeting, –  March 23rd @ noon,  UUP Conference Room, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

Executive Board Meeting, –  Wednesday  April 6th • 12:00 noon,  Harriman Room 218, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

Front Page Discussion, –  Thursday April 7th @ noon, SAC Room 303, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/
Ken Lindblom, Associate Dean, School of Professional Development
Topic: What’s New in NYS Teacher Certification?

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Membership Drive!

It just got a whole lot easier to become a UUP member. Now you can sign up online. UUP has created an e-membership card that prospective members can fill out online and send electronically to UUP—instantly making them a UUP member. Everyone can fill it out! Even if you know you are a member!

Retiree Legislation Update

Recently, there’s been some discussion about what UUP has been doing to support retirees, who are facing higher costs for their health insurance in the proposed Executive Budget. UUP has been doing a lot. Retiree issues are a prominent part of UUP’s 2016 Legislative Agenda and are among the important issues members bring up when meeting with lawmakers.

Specifically, the budget proposes:

  • Tiering state contributions to retiree health insurance premiums based on years of service for state workers who retire as of Oct. 1, 2016. This would impact employees with less than 30 years of service.
  • Capping monthly Medicare Part B reimbursements at $104.90 for state retirees covered through NYSHIP. As Medicare Part B premiums increase, retirees would pay more.
  • To end state reimbursement of increased Medicare Part B costs for higher-income retirees under IRMAA.  Higher-income retirees pay escalating rates for Medicare Part B based on retirement income. Currently, retirees earning between $85,000 and $107,000 pay $170.50 per month for Medicare Part B. This proposal would end state reimbursement of these higher premiums.

UUP members are speaking out against these initiatives, and are urging legislators to take action to ensure that they do not become part of the state’s enacted 2016-17 budget.

Members are calling on lawmakers to:

  • Support income security for retirees by increasing the maximum earning allowance for public employees from $30,000 to $35,000.
  • Support a pension credit for all veterans.
  • Allow retirees to make automatic, voluntary contributions from their Optional Retirement Program accounts to union political action committees.

UUP leaders are also urging all members to send an e-letter to legislators that details the union’s legislative agenda regarding retirees. The letter is on the UUP website; click here to access the letter.

SAVE THE DATE – National Minority Cancer Risk Awareness – HPV Cancer Risk

HPV Cancer Risk Awareness Workshop with Q&A
• Mon Apr 11, 2016 6pm – 8pm
• LDS Center – Stony Brook University – West Campus
Honoring National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States; an estimated 6.2 million persons are newly infected every year. HPV infection can cause cervical cancer in women and other types of cancers and genital warts in both men and women

Joyce Varughese,MD, Stony Brook University Gynecologic Oncology, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine will share information related to the cancer risk linked to HPV – Human Papilloma Virus. Presentation to include an overview of cancer risk, information related to increased cancer rates among minority population, HPV risk awareness; risk affiliated with HPV; how to prevent the spread of HPV. Campus resources and information will be shared and available at our information table supported by WST Health Interns and Chill Peer Educators.

Union Fair Fee Shares Explained
Check out this excellent video that explains the Union Fair Fees on our new website!  http://uupsbu.org/union-fair-share-fees-explained/


February 10, 2016   *  Please post in your area

Upcoming Events

Health & Safety Workshop,  Wednesday  Feb 17th • 12:00 noon,  Wang Room 201, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/

There are certain risk factors that are common in many work settings that can contribute to injuries on the job. Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back injury, and tendonitis are common workplace injuries. The good news is that these problems can often be avoided if proper ergonomics are used in the workplace.

Distinguished Lecture in Working Class Studies, –  Thursday Feb 18th @ 4:00 PM, Wang Center Theater,
Bill Fletcher, Jr. presents the second Distinguished Lecture in Working Class Studies: “The Legacy of Race for White People in America: A Tribute to W.E.B. DuBois, ‘The Souls of White Folks,’”  in the Wang Center Theater.
The event is part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month.  Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department, the Center for Study of Working Class Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Humanities Institute. It is free and open to the public.

Front Page Discussion,Tuesday Feb 23rd @ noon,  SAC Ballroom B, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/
Ken Lindblom, Associate Dean, School of Professional Development presents a lecture on What’s New in NYS Teacher Certification?

Women’s Concerns Workshop,Tuesday Feb 23rd @ noon Wang Room 201, RSVP to http://uupsbu.org/calendar/
Learn about heart disease, risk factors, and the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Attend this informative session to learn strategies to address heart disease and discover ways to decrease stress in the workplace and at home.

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Special Election Announcement
The Executive Board has authorized a special election to take place to choose a new Chapter President to fill the remainder of the term which expires May 31, 2017. For nomination & ballot dates and more information, please go to: http://uupsbu.org/special-election/

Individual Development Awards Program

UUP West and HSC Chapters announce the 2015/16 IDA program for all Stony Brook UUP members. The IDA is designed to support a variety of professional development activities for both full and part time employees.The window for qualifying expenses is July 2nd, 2015 to July 1st, 2016.The Deadline for applications is Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2016 at your respective UUP office. The maximumaward is $1,000 per 12 month period per person. For details please check out the website which contains the rules, procedures and application. http://www.nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

Union Fair Fee Shares Explained
Check out this excellent video that explains the Union Fair Fees on our new website!  http://uupsbu.org/union-fair-share-fees-explained/


January 27, 2016   *  Please post in your area
Upcoming Events
 

Blood Drive,  Wednesday  Jan 27th • starts 11:00 AM,  SAC Ballroom A,

Life Is Beautiful. Give The Gift Of Life. Please Donate. If you cannot participate on 1/27 Stony Brook University Blood Bank is open six days a week – call 631-444-3662 to learn more/to schedule your donation appointment.

Joint Executive Board Meeting, Monday Feb 8th @ noon, HSC L3 Room 155 (near the Health Sciences Library), RSVP to www.uupsbu.org
UUP Statewide Secretary Eileen Landy is traveling across the state, meeting with Executive Boards at each campus, and we have scheduled February 8th at noon in HSC L3 Room 155 (near the Health Sciences Library) for a joint address to both SBU chapter Executive Boards.

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Resource and Referral Service

The contract for the NYS-Balance resource and referral service, jointly funded by the State and the unions, expired on December 31, 2015. If you need information or assistance related to resources and referrals, please contact the NYS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (800) 822-0244 (24/7) or nyseap@eap.ny.gov. You will be connected with an EAP coordinator who will be able to provide you with customized resources and referrals for a wide range of issues including work, family, daily life, finances, health and well-being, mental health, addiction, and stress. A list of EAP coordinators is available at http://www.worklife.ny.gov/eap/coordinatorlist.cfm?limit_to=all.

DA Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb 2nd (directly following the winter DA). Training Monday Evening. Sign up online  https://uuphost.org/myuup/Registration/ADVOCACY/RegForm. For more information contact Celine Mell: phone:  800-342-4206, email:cmell@uupmail.org

Individual Development Awards Program

UUP West and HSC Chapters announce the 2015/16 IDA program for all Stony Brook UUP members. The IDA is designed to support a variety of professional development activities for both full and part time employees.The window for qualifying expenses is July 2nd, 2015 to July 1st, 2016.The Deadline for applications is Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2016 at your respective UUP office. The maximumaward is $1,000 per 12 month period per person. For details please check out the website which contains the rules, procedures and application. http://www.nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

Union Fair Fee Shares Explained

Check out this excellent video that explains the Union Fair Fees on our new website!  http://uupsbu.org/union-fair-share-fees-explained/


January 13, 2016  – A New Year, A New You! *  Please post in your area

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Union Fair Fee Shares Explained

Check out this excellent video that explains the Union Fair Fees on our new website!  http://uupsbu.org/union-fair-share-fees-explained/

DA Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb 2nd (directly following the winter DA). Training Monday Evening. Sign up online  https://uuphost.org/myuup/Registration/ADVOCACY/RegForm.php

For more information contact Celine Mell: phone:  800-342-4206, email: cmell@uupmail.org


Individual Development Awards ProgramUUP West and HSC Chapters announce the 2015/16 IDA program for all Stony Brook UUP members. The IDA is designed to support a variety of professional development activities for both full and part time employees.The window for qualifying expenses is July 2nd, 2015 to July 1st, 2016.The Deadline for applications is Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2016 at your respective UUP office. The maximumaward is $1,000 per 12 month period per person. For details please check out the website which contains the rules, procedures and application. http://www.nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

December 30, 2015  *  Please post in your area

From All the UUP Officers  – Wishing You a Safe and Joyous New Year!

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Union Fair Fee Shares Explained

Check out this excellent video that explains the Union Fair Fees on our new website!  http://uupsbu.org/union-fair-share-fees-explained/


Individual Development Awards ProgramUUP West and HSC Chapters announce the 2015/16 IDA program for all Stony Brook UUP members. The IDA is designed to support a variety of professional development activities for both full and part time employees.The window for qualifying expenses is July 2nd, 2015 to July 1st, 2016.The Deadline for applications is Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2016 at your respective UUP office. The maximumaward is $1,000 per 12 month period per person. For details please check out the website which contains the rules, procedures and application. http://www.nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html


December 16, 2015
Upcoming Events

No Upcoming Events
Have a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New year! Be safe and enjoy your family and friends!

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Help Spread Some Holiday Cheer

Please join the UUP Community Services Committee to spread some Holiday Cheer among the pediatric oncology patients in the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital by donating new unwrapped gift items. Items most needed include infant rattles, teething toys, clothes, Fisher Price toys, Playschool or Little Tikes toys, plastic baby dolls, Disney Princess dolls, Thomas the Tank Engine cars, anything Frozen, Lego sets, diaries and blank journals; gift cards to Itunes, Target, Barnes & Noble; Play-doh.Please see http://www.stonybrookchildrens.org/get-involved and click on Support Child Life Services Wish List  (pdfs on bottom of website) for additional age-appropriate item suggestions.  Please check uupsbu.org for a list of volunteer/contacts or call Nancy Gaugler at 632-6241.  All items must be received on or before December 18th.

UUP’s New Website

After a long journey and many discussions, I am very happy to announce that we have a new chapter website. It is loaded with information, new graphics and has a much better layout. It will never be perfect as it will always be a work in progress (and keep in mind this was all done with volunteers on their time), but it is a great improvement over the old one. www.uupsbu.org

Individual Development Awards Program

UUP West and HSC Chapters announce the 2015/16 IDA program for all Stony Brook UUP members. The IDA is designed to support a variety of professional development activities for both full and part time employees.The window for qualifying expenses is July 2nd, 2015 to July 1st, 2016.The Deadline for applications is Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2016 at your respective UUP office. The maximumaward is $1,000 per 12 month period per person. For details please check out the website which contains the rules, procedures and application. http://www.nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

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December 2, 2015 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Health & Safety/Women’s Concerns Workshop,  YOGA – Wednesday Dec 9th @ noon,  SAC Ballroom B, RSVP to www.uupsbu.org
Exec Board Meeting,  Thursday Dec 10th @ noon,  SAC room 304, RSVP to www.uupsbu.org


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Take UUP’s Negotiations Survey

Members have until Dec. 9 to take the survey, which will greatly help UUP’s Negotiations Team when it begins talks for a new contract with the state in 2016. UUP’s contract with the state expires July 1, 2016.It’s important for members to take the survey. The survey asks detailed questions about issues such as salary, benefits, health and safety, facilities and resources and other terms and conditions of employment. Members are also asked for input on academic and professional issues, and clinical practice plans.

UUP Goes Nationwide in New Documentary
In America, a national production company that specializes in short-form productions for public and commercial television, worked with UUP over the last seven months to script and shoot a program that showcases the union’s history, achievements and vision for the future.There are three versions of the production: a one-minute commercial ad, a five-minute educational documentary for public TV—hosted by Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor James Earl Jones—and a longer six-minute UUP profile that can be viewed on UUP’s website. Go to http://uupinfo.org/communications/uupdate/1516/151110.php  to watch the full-length profile.

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