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Here is the revised Academic Freedom Statement for librarians.


UUP Liaison's Update
Dan Harms, UUP Liaison

Delegates - check your email for UUP's survey on protected time (sent May 20)!

Union protections in new state budget

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the 2019-20 state budget

March 15, 2019 Council Meeting @ Onondaga / UUP Liaison's Update
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:08:37 PM »
UUP Liaison's Update
Dan Harms

We are collecting data in preparation for the reforming of the A-48 Committee! We will be approaching some of you for your campus policies for promotion/tenure, as well as protected time for research.

You can itemize your union dues on your state taxes. Here's how:

UUP President Fred Kowal's Statement on Chancellor's State of the University System Address

Fighting for Intellectual Property Rights

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / UUP Update
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:42:10 AM »
UUP Update
Dan Harms, UUP Liaison

Higher Ed Advocacy Day in Albany is February 12! Can't make it? Check with your local chapter about in-district advocacy.

Kowal calls for enhanced MOE at Assembly Higher Ed hearing

PSC, UUP Call on State Assembly to Peg College Funding to Inflation Rate

The new wording for the contract is still in draft form.

Discussion: Academic freedom - contact if you want to help me draft a statement.

January 18, 2019 Council Meeting @ FIT / Re: Campus Updates
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:27:22 AM »
Cortland Update
Jim Fitzgerald

Students in Dr. Szilvia Kadas' graphic design class created a wonderful, modern map of Memorial Library.  Dr. Kadas, an Assistant Professor of the Art & Art History department, collaborated with Jennifer Kronenbitter (Director of Libraries), Maaike Oldemans (Interim Associate Director of Libraries), and Lauren Stern (Information Literacy/Instruction Coordinator) to design this applied learning project for SUNY Cortland students.

South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded a $4583 Technology and Digitization Grant to the SUNY Cortland Library to digitize SUNY Cortland student newspapers. These include The Co-No Press (1925-1942), and The Dragon Chronicle (2013-2017). The newspapers will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers and made freely available to everyone at SCRLC's Technology and Digitization Grants are funded as part of the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program.

Brian Zoll comes to The Help Center of the Memorial Library with 17 years of experience working in academic libraries. As a recent graduate from SUNY Cortland with a BA in Biology, he was grateful for the educational opportunity provided to him as a veteran of the Army National Guard. While a student here on campus he developed fond regard for the Library as a welcoming and supportive place on campus where he conducted the majority of his studies and collaborations with colleagues. Due to his recent experience as a student, he has an intimate understanding of the importance of the services a library can provide to the campus community.

Hilary D. Wong has joined the Library staff at SUNY Cortland's Library, as an Instructional Services Librarian. She was at Cornell University Library in Special Collections for 8 years, and previously worked in Interlibrary Loan at the libraries of Ithaca College and Wells College. At Cortland, she is liaison to Biology, Geology and Physics.

November 2, 2018 Council Meeting @ Delhi / UUP Liaison Report
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:03:51 PM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

I will be attending remotely.

Important Dates for Paychecks:

     October 31 - $600 lump sum (prorated for part-time employees)

     November 28 - 2% increases for 2016 and 2017 applied, half of the retroactive pay for both of these increases (rest in July 2019)

     December 12 - 2% increases for 2018 and all of retroactive payments for 2018 increase

Check your paychecks, especially if you have part-time staffers.

I'm interesting in how your campuses are handling the Discretionary Salary Awards (DSA) money. This should be paid by December 26.

I'm still waiting for more news on A-48. If you wish to serve, please contact your chapter officers.

September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / Re: UUP Liaison Report
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:10:21 PM »
Report for SUNYLA: September 2018
Jason Torre, UUP

On September 5, 2018 UUP members ratified a new contract between UUP and New York State. During negotiations both parties agreed that certain issues were of such import that they warranted further review and discussion in post-contract Executive Level Committees comprised of state-level representatives from UUP, SUNY, and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. Librarian issues and distribution of negotiated money to address salary compression are among the matters to be discussed at the state level. As soon as possible this fall, UUP will begin preparations for meetings with the state. UUP cannot predict the timeline for each Executive Level Committee at this point, but the salary compression work is the first priority.

Salary Compression

The new contract mandates that one-half of the on-base discretionary pool at each campus in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 be used to address salary compression. UUP and NYS are obligated to meet at the Executive Level to develop the guidelines and methodology that will be used at each campus. There must be an objective analysis of bargaining unit member salaries to determine where salary compression exists.

This new provision is meant to address UUP members’ concerns, voiced across campuses for many years, related to salary disparities within departments, units, academic disciplines and professional fields.

Here’s the key language from the Appendix A-41 in the 2016-22 contract:

“The executive-level committee shall develop guidelines and methodology for analyzing salary compression and/or inversion at each campus utilizing multiple regression analysis and/or other appropriate methods. The campuses shall apply the developed guidelines and methodology to determine the extent to which salary compression and/or inversion exists at each campus. The results of each campus analysis shall be reviewed and considered by each College President in distributing discretionary salary increases for 2019-2022 to full-time and part-time employees to remedy identified compression and/or inversion. The adopted guidelines and methodology shall be applied to address equity issues at each campus separately, and base salary adjustments shall be made from available funding allocated to each campus.”

The first step in the process will be a statewide Executive Level Committee meeting to reach agreement on process, timetable, and other procedural matters.  UUP will develop avenues for member involvement for input and monitoring at the chapter level.

Librarians’ Issues

The Appendix A-48 (Executive Level Committee on Librarians’ Issues) language from the last contract was preserved in the new one, which notes that Librarian titles, obligation, protected time, and compensation will be discussed at the Executive Level. In addition, A-48 was expanded to hone in on specific issues. 

Below is an outline of the individual items UUP has put forth to the state in response to questions that arose during the contract ratification campus visits made by Negotiations Team members this past summer. These issues and related responses are general understandings and proposals we have not yet reached agreement on with the state, though discussions occurred in the context of contract negotiations.
Existing protected time policies will be reviewed. This will include reviewing:

•   How the Joint L-M Committee Calendar Year Employee Leave Program could be better promoted for use by Librarians for research and scholarship leaves.

•   Data collected by both parties on protected time, including but not limited to campus’ promotion and tenure requirements for librarians and previous survey data.
SUNY will also issue a letter to all campuses clarifying the following:

•   That individual campus administrations have the option to appoint librarians to either academic year or a calendar year appointments.  This would be the first time we have a clear statement about that in writing from SUNY.

o   During contract ratification visits, members raised clarifying questions regarding the nature and timing of appointments. UUP will investigate and discuss these questions with SUNY.

•   That individual campuses administrations have the option to appoint librarians to either librarian titles or to corresponding general professor titles for academics.

o   During contract ratification visits and at the SUNYLA spring meeting, concerns were raised over potential abuse of the above understanding and the potential to further divide employees or create different librarian systems.  It is UUP’s position that librarians are academics and will remain so under this provision, however, we will investigate and discuss these concerns with SUNY.

Contract negotiations are a two-way street and both sides need to agree on particular steps to resolve each matter of concern. Because of discussions during contract negotiations, both sides agreed, as reflected in Appendix A-48, that more work needs to be done to resolve concerns and different positions taken by UUP and the State.  Members who are interested in serving in an advisory capacity to assist UUP officers in their preparation for upcoming state level discussions are encouraged to contact their campus UUP Chapter President. Members can also send questions, comments and suggestions to UUP at  The negotiations process doesn’t end with ratification of a new contract. Implementation is just as important, and we encourage all members to actively participate in advocating for our rights and for the SUNY system we are all so committed to.

September 21, 2018 Council Meeting @ UAlbany / UUP Liaison Report
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:35:40 AM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

The contract between the State of New York and UUP has been ratified, with 97.7% of the vote approving.

Keep an eye out for updates on contract details and programs.

Discretionary Salary Awards are to be allocated on campuses by December 31. If your campus has an application process, watch for it.

I hope to have more updates by the time of the meeting.

June 13, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC (Annual) / UUP Liaison Report
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

I will be discussing the tentative agreement between the State of New York and UUP and its impact on librarians, permission pending.

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / UUP Report
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:26:37 PM »
United University Professions Liaison Report
Dan Harms

I'll have more extensive comments in the meeting on this and other matters.

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31

March 23, 2018 Council Meeting @ FLCC / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:47:29 AM »
Cortland Update
Jim FitzGerald

SUNY Cortland Memorial Library officially hired a full-time, permanent Archivist! Jeremy Pekarek is the Archivist & Instructional Services Librarian at SUNY Cortland. Jeremy has worked for Cortland for a little over a year as a Visiting Assistant Librarian and recently accepted the full time appointment of archivist on campus. He officially began his appointment in the first week of February.  He attended Syracuse University School of Information Studies where he received his MLS and CAS in Cultural Heritage and Preservation. Before that he attended SUNY Oswego receiving an MA and BA in US History. Previously Jeremy completed a number of internships at various archives and museums in New York State. Jeremy is looking forward in continuing to grow with SUNY Cortland through teaching opportunities, committee work, research, and historical preservation.

One of our instructional designers, John “AJ” Scognamiglio, has moved to Worchester, MA to accept a position at Becker College. If you know him and miss him, don’t worry. He’ll be at CIT this year.


Many of our librarians are busy drafting proposals for programs and events to support SUNY Cortland’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations. We’re 150 years old!


We have added new high definition monitors, glass white boards, and new carpeting to most of our group study rooms.


We have added a few digital resources to our collection:
•   SUNY Cortland Student Newspapers, The Hilltop Press (1942-1971),The Press (1972-1990) and The Dragon Chronicle (1990-2013) can now be accessed online through the NYS Historic Newspapers project
•   New Database: Periodicals Archive Online
•   New Database: American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodical Collection

January 26, 2018 Council Meeting @ FIT / UUP Liaison Report
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:16:43 AM »
UUP Liaison Report
Dan Harms

UUP looks to legislature for more faculty, TAP gap closure

Cuomo budget proposal keeps higher ed funding relatively flat

Statement from Fred Kowal on the 2018 State Budget

Janus vs. AFSCME Case at Scotusblog

Statement from Fred Kowal on Chancellor's State of the State Address

November 3, 2017 Council Meeting @ Albany / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:00:55 AM »
Dan Harms, UUP Liaison to SUNYLA

N. Y. Unions Brace for High-Stakes Supreme Court Ruling

SUNY's Charter School Teacher Training Plan Skirts Standards, Accountability

Don't forget to vote on the Constitutional Convention question on the back of the ballot next Tuesday!

For discussion at the meeting: Open Access under SUNY Copyright Policy. Relevant links for the discussion:

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / UUP Liaison's Report
« on: September 17, 2017, 05:17:54 PM »
UUP Liaison’s Report
Dan Harms

Statement from President Fred Kowal on DACA Decision

SUNY’s Charter School Training Proposal Contradicts Teach NY

Statement from President Fred Kowal on Charlottesville Violence

Updates on contract negotiations are available to members here.  Make sure you have your pay stub handy:

The NY State Constitutional Convention will be on the ballot in November. This is a serious issue relating to our guaranteed rights to stable pensions, union membership, and public higher education. We encourage you to vote no on this ballot item.

September 18, 2017 Council Meeting @ Delhi / Cortland Report
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:13:46 PM »
Director Gail Wood retired in June.  Jennifer Kronenbitter has stepped into the role of Interim Director, and Maaike Oldemans is now Interim Associate Director.

Sara Quimby, Information Literacy Coordinator, has left us for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  Lauren Stern is now Interim Coordinator.

Jennifer Moore is our new Instructional Services Librarian, coming to us via U Albany and Siena College.

Jim FitzGerald is our new SUNYLA representative!

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