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September 23, 2016 Council meeting at Geneseo / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:12:13 AM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

The initial negotiations proposals from UUP and the State of New York are now available to curious members.  You'll need to log into our member portal here:

More comments on this at the meeting.

Statement from UUP on Nancy Zimpher's resignation:

Statement from UUP on the end of the LIU-Brooklyn faculty walkout:

UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

The initial negotiations proposals from UUP and the State of New York are now available to curious members.  You'll need to log into our member portal here:

More comments on this at the meeting.

Statement from UUP on Nancy Zimpher's resignation:

Statement from UUP on the end of the LIU-Brooklyn faculty walkout:

UUP Liaison's Report
Dan Harms

The first meeting between UUP and the State of New York regarding the new contract will be held on July 15.  The contract team will be working hard to achieve the best contract they can for the workers.  I encourage librarians and library workers to bring their concerns to the negotiations team, at, and the A-48 Committee.

Negotiations Committee Oks Contract Proposals

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher announces she will leave in 2017

UUP:  Flawed SUNY TeachNY report disconnected from reality

Lawmakers balk at renewing SUNY tuition hike program

March 11, 2016 Council Meeting at Binghamton / UUP Liaison Report
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:32:16 AM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

Apologies for not being there, and the late report.

SUNY Faces Fight over More Tuition Hikes

(UUP's position is that the State of New York should fund the system's obligations, rather than pass that burden on to students.)

UUP President Fred Kowal speaks out on SUNY salary reports

The impact of the Supreme Court vacancy on UUP and other unions

(A 4-4 Supreme Court means that the Friedrichs vs. California case we discussed at the last meeting is unlikely to succeed.  Nonetheless, further challenges are moving through the courts, which makes the fight for the next Justice especially important for union members and academics.) 

January 29, 2016 Council Meeting @ FIT / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:27:14 PM »
Make sure the voice of librarians is heard in the upcoming negotiations!

Suggestions and information at

Some updates from UUP:

Cuomo Boosts SUNY Minimum Hourly Wage to $15; Protest CUNY Exclusion

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the governor’s 2016 State of the State address

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on governor’s veto of Maintenance of Effort bill

UUP’s new ad campaign focuses on adjuncts

For your information:  Cuomo wants to join the State University of NY and CUNY

UUP Liaison's Report

Dan Harms
SUNYLA Liaison to UUP
(not present)

The UUP A-48 Committee for librarian equity has had two meetings with the state, most recently on met on July 29.  Among other items, we are exploring options for joint labor-management education and training programs at the individual and campus levels.   

We’ve heard concerns about the amount of information that we’ve been able to give out.  Unfortunately, this is the nature of negotiations, as we need keep information under wraps so that we can get more for librarians down the road.  We will be delivering more information as soon as we are given permission to do so.

Negotiation can be a lengthy process, but we are optimistic that this is a good way to go about resolving the long-standing issues that have beset librarians over the years.  The feeling from the committee and UUP is that the A-48 committee should continue into the new contract period, to continue discussion of the problems we face.

UUP Vice President for Professionals J. Philippe Abraham is the head of our negotiations team.  He and other members are visiting campuses to gather information to inform the upcoming negotiations with the State of New York for the new contract.  It is vitally important that librarians make their voices heard and be able to detail specific problems and situations that UUP can bring to the table.  I strongly encourage you to make your voice known at the campus forums, and/or to fill out and return the following form.

Schedule of Campus Visits:

Negotiations Bulletin:

UUP would also like to get your input on the proposed changes to the SUNY policies on intellectual property, including copyright, patent, and trademarks.  If this is an important part of your job, make sure your voice is heard!

UUP Liaison's Report

UUP:  Mixed Bag for SUNY in New State Budget

A Raid on SUNY students

The test for Common Core

Kowal re-elected as UUP president

Other updates at the meeting.

March 13, 2015 Council Meeting @ Purchase / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:43:29 AM »
UUP Liaison’s Report
Dan Harms

This has been a busy time for the union.  The governor’s new SUNY budget has called for 10% of the SUNY campus budgets to be held pending the submission of plans for performance-based funding.  The plan also calls for extensive investments in experiential legislation, cuts to Educational Opportunity Programs, incentives for participating in Start-UP NY, and bonuses for high-performing faculty researchers and presidents.   We encourage librarians to keep up on the news regarding the state budget and to let their local legislators know where they stand.

Fred Kowal:  Making SUNY Whole

Union, students rip teacher certification tests

January 23, 2015 Council Meeting @ FIT / Ad Hoc Archives Committee Report
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:07:07 PM »
Ad Hoc Archives Committee Report, January 23, 2015
Dan Harms, Chair

We've talked about having a new chair for some time, but I think it's time to put it into action. I'd like to add this to the list of action items for this meeting.

January 23, 2015 Council Meeting @ FIT / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:05:01 PM »
UUP Liaison's Report, January 23, 2015
Dan Harms, UUP Liaison

Advocates: equitable funding for education a moral issue

Kowal announces far-reaching union action plan

Statement on President Obama's Plan for Free College Tuition

UUP Warns against Participation in Walk-Out Day

A statement on the current state of Appendix 48 negotiations will be provided at the meeting.

November 14, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:20:10 AM »
I’ll be out of the state this Friday.

From the A-48 Committee blog:

“The Appendix 48 Advisory Committee announces the completion of its charge as granted by UUP President, Dr. Frederick Kowal.

“After months of review and analysis of the feedback received by members, the committee submitted two reports outlining its specific findings.  The reports, the first of which contains the committee’s general recommendations and observations on the quality of working lives of UUP-represented librarians as per its committee charge, while the second, special report to the President outlines the committee’s contract related findings.  Both reports were submitted to President Kowal prior to UUP’s Fall Delegate Assembly.  The reports are being reviewed, and will remain confidential until such time as is appropriate for their release, however, the recommendations as outlined within the reports will inform the committee’s future work.  In the meantime, the committee is still hard at work, reviewing the 2014 UUP Librarian Equity Survey’s findings, and intends to release that analysis by the end of this current academic year.”

(I’ll say more on this topic at subsequent meetings, when I have authorization to do so.)

September 26, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY IT / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:26:22 PM »
Remember – the next round of contract negotiations begins next summer!

Teachers:  Keep private dollars out of public education

Teacher hopefuls hit hard by costs

Making ends meet:  College adjunct professors taking on part-time jobs

UUP calls for former member kidnapped by al-Qaeda to be brought home

Ad Hoc Archives Committee Report
Dan Harms

Action item:  To appoint a new chair for the ad hoc archives committee.  Duties include serving as a liaison to the archivist at the University at Buffalo, and soliciting for and sending material suitable for the archives.

June 11, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:17:36 AM »
Report of UUP Liaison
Dan Harms

First and foremost, I would encourage everyone to contribute to the discussions of the UUP A-48 Committee.  You might consider taking our survey (, come to our session on Wednesday morning, or share your concerns at  The survey is strictly for UUP-represented campuses, but we’d love to hear from other campuses about the challenges and solutions you face.

In the News

UUP president supports action on new teacher certification requirements

UUP President urges SUNY Trustees to proceed with caution on Nano College, SUNYIT merger

New video from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education questions false promises of online education industry

March 21, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:52:18 AM »

Dr. Phillip H. Smith, President
United University Professions
P. O. Box 15143
Albany, New York 12212-15143
Dear Dr. Smith:

During the course of negotiations certain issues related to librarians were raised by UUP that were of such significant concern that review at the Executive Level is required.  As soon as practicable after a fully executed agreement, GOER, SUNY and UUP shall meet to discuss and review issues regarding librarians.  Such discussion and review may include but are not limited to titles, obligation, protected time, and compensation.  The agreement to review these issues in the labor-management forum does not constitute a waiver of any management or union right or prerogative.

s/Gary Johnson, Director
Governor’s Office of Employee Relations
s/Phillip H. Smith, President
United University Professions

Appendix-48 Advisory Committee Charge

To make recommendations to the President of UUP on issues that include, but are not limited to, titles, obligation, protected time, and compensation concerns for discussion with state representatives from the Governor's Office of Employee Relations and SUNY. The advisory committee shall convene its first meeting no later than March 1, 2014. The UUP President will initiate a discussion with state officials at the Executive Level once the advisory committee has submitted its final recommendation and information/evidence to support its recommendations.

(Liaison’s Note:  The negotiations will cover issues for both academics and professionals with M.LS. degrees or equivalent who work in libraries at UUP-represented bargaining units.)

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