Attention UUP Professional Employees: Strengthen Professional Representation

UUP is moving from its former service-oriented mode, where UUPers with concerns come to UUP leaders for assistance, to an activist organization mode, which requires broad participation. All unions need to do this to function effectively given the critical and serious nature of evolving events. In UUP, this change will have a major impact on Professionals. As part of the process of moving to an activist organization mode, UUP needs Professionals willing to serve on the two committees, The Committee on Professional Evaluation and the College Review Panel, that are described below. The time commitment for these two committees is modest, but the two committees serve essential roles. For questions about these committees and/or a willingness to serve on them, simultaneously contact by email retiring UUP Vice President for Professionals Norm Payne at Norman.Payne@oneonta.edu;  incoming UUP Vice President for Professionals Jeri Anne Jerminario at Jeri.Jerminario@oneonta.edu; and UUP President Bill Simons at William.Simons@oneonta.edu

1. The Committee on Professional Evaluation
The Committee on Professional Evaluation shall consist of three (3) professional employees serving in positions in the negotiating unit at each college, elected at large by all of the professional employees in the negotiating unit at the college in accordance with procedures developed and implemented by the UUP chapter president.
(1) The Committee on Professional Evaluation shall, upon the timely request of a professional employee, review a final evaluation report characterized as “unsatisfactory.”
(2) Committee review shall address both the procedures and substance of the unsatisfactory evaluation.
(3) As part of its review, the Committee at its discretion:
(a) shall have access to all previous formal evaluations of the professional employee concerned;
(b) may request and consider any additional comments by either the immediate supervisor or the professional employee;
(c) may request information pertinent to the review from secondary sources;
(d) may request that the immediate supervisor and/or the appellant meet with the Committee and respond to inquiries;
(e) shall be free to call upon any other individual whom they believe has information relative to the evaluation. All individuals shall be encouraged to cooperate with the Committee if so requested.
C. Disposition of Committee Report
The Committee shall complete the written recommendations within twenty-five (25) working days from the date of appeal, with copies to the professional employee, the immediate supervisor, the evaluator’s supervisor and the college president. Within ten (10) working days of the issuance of the report, the college president shall take such action as he or she deems appropriate and shall give written notice of such action to the professional employee, the immediate supervisor, the evaluator’s supervisor and the Committee on Professional evaluation.

I. College Review Panel
Each college president shall continue the procedure by which the professional employees shall elect a College Review Panel. Such Panel shall consist of not less than five (5) nor more than seven (7) members elected at large by all professional employees in the negotiating unit. The Panel shall:
review applications for promotions of the type defined in Section II, Paragraph C(2) and make decisions and recommendations with respect to such applications in accordance with appropriate provisions of Paragraph E(2); and review applications for salary increases resulting from a permanent and significant increase in duties and responsibilities which are not accompanied by a change in title or rank.