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John Schumacher

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UUP report (in text and attached)
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:48:51 PM »
I will be unable to participate in the meeting.  As always, get in touch if there are questions/comments.

Dan, I would be interested to hear more from you on agenda item 4.2  You'll notice that I have included some quotes from important documents on the topic.  Here at System Administration, the chapter has been raising the issue of temporary appointments with management; we've seen some improvement on what the chapter sees as a misuse of the appointment type.  Labor-Management meetings seem to be the most effective way to see some progress on this.

We have also seen an increase in 95% (of full-time) obligations (or variations 90%, 98%).  In terms of appointments (and benefits) might-as-well-be-full-time is just that *part-time.

In both situations, one of the main challenges is to get a member of the bargaining unit subjected to this behavior to stand up, go to the union and make a case.

UUP Liaison Report
John Schumacher    (
SUNYLA Executive Board/Council
September 21, 2012

United University Professions (UUP) is the union representing more than 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 State University of New York campuses, plus System Administration and Empire State College. UUP is affiliated with the New York State United Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

Contract Negotiations
•   See for information and updates; latest update dated 09/07/12;  “progress made on many items and resolution of existing disagreements pending”;
•   Please support our UUP Negotiations Team as they continue “to press for a contract that is fair and equitable in relation to other bargaining units and in terms of its application to all of our members”;
•   All provisions of the 2007-2011 NYS-UUP Agreement (other than those with specific dates) remain in effect.

Support Downstate Medical
•   Our union brothers and sisters at Downstate Medical are faced with layoffs and program/service closures; “save jobs and services at SUNY Downstate” 
•   Please take action via the site listed above and here

Temporary/Part-time Appointments
•   “A temporary appointment shall be an appointment which may be terminated at any time. Temporary appointments ordinarily shall be given only when service is to be part-time, consistent with section 2 of Title D, Article XI, voluntary, or anticipated to be for a period of one year or less, or when an employee’s initial appointment in the University is made to a position vacated by a professional employee who is serving a probationary appointment pursuant to Title C, section 5, or Title D, section 6. A temporary appointment is also appropriate whenever a position has been vacated by an employee on approved leave”.
Board of Trustees Policies p.19
•   “After three consecutive years of full-time service on the basis of a temporary appointment, a full-time employee whose employment is continued on the basis of a temporary appointment shall be given the reasons for such appointment”. Article 30.1
•   Continuing and permanent appointments are based on consecutive years of full-time service;
•   UUP members are urged to contact their chapter leaders with questions and issues related to their specific appointment and details found in their appointment letter.
Additional Information, etc
•   “UUP: SUNY Downstate layoffs threaten health care services, local economy” 
•   “Union members protest imminent job cuts at SUNY Downstate Medical”
•   “UUP to hold special election for interim Membership Development Officer” Election to be held at Fall 2012 Delegate Assembly (October 12-13); the current interim Membership Development Officer is Robert E. Rees (Alfred State);
•   “American Federation of Teachers Endorses President Obama
For Re-election”

Mailing Address:
United University Professions
P.O. Box 15143
Albany, NY 12212-5143

518-640-6698 (fax)
866-812-9446 (fax)