Paid Family Leave available to UUP and M/C employees

Effective January 1, 2019, the Paid Family Leave program (PFL) will become available to MC13 and UUP-represented employees.

PFL provides job-protected, paid leave for eligible employees to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition, and assist with relieving family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad.

The program is funded through contributions taken as payroll deductions. The 2019 contribution is 0.153% of gross wages each pay period, up to and not to exceed an annual maximum employee contribution of $107.97. For MC13 and UUP-represented employees, payroll deductions will be biweekly and begin no sooner than January 1, 2019.

For the 2019 calendar year, employees who are on the payroll and have met eligibility requirements will be able to use ten weeks of Paid Family Leave benefits, and will receive 55% of their average weekly wage, capped at 55% of the statewide average weekly wage.

For more information about Paid Family Leave, please visit

Enrollment for 2018 PEP program in effect through Oct. 12

Due to ratification of the 2016 – 2011 Agreement between NYS and UUP, the 2018 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for UUP-represented employees who accrue vacation leave is now available. PEP allows such employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation) for a credit to be applied toward their employee share of NYS Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP) premiums on a biweekly basis. Eligible full-time employees who enroll in PEP for July 1st through December 31st of the 2018 plan year will forfeit annual leave at the time of enrollment in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee-share of their NYSHIP premiums, in accordance with PEP guidelines. Eligible part-time employees who enroll in PEP will forfeit annual leave on a pro-rated basis in accordance with their payroll/employment percentage in return for a pro-rated credit. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums.

The enrollment period for the 2018 PEP program is in effect now through Friday, October 12, 2018. The PEP summary and enrollment form is available at SUNY’s Announcements & News web page. The enrollment form is also available from our Human Resources Office, 208 Netzer.

Completed enrollment forms must be received in Human Resources, 208 Netzer, NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018.

UUP to host listening session Sept. 20

UUP will host a Vision for the Future listening session at noon on Thursday, September 20 in Le Café, Morris. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit member ideas, goals, information, and opinions as well as to obtain input for the upcoming UUP survey.

The Vision for the Future listening session is for UUP members — and open only to UUP members. UUP will serve a complimentary lunch to members. To facilitate the food order, RSVP by leaving a voicemail message with your name and noting Vision for the Future at 436-2135.

Important UUP contract meeting July 23

UUP Contract Meeting with Negotiations Team: Monday, July 23, 3 p.m., IRC Lecture Hall 2

There will be an important UUP meeting on Monday, July 23 at 3 PM in IRC Lecture Hall 2 to discuss the tentative contract. The UUP Negotiations Team will explain the provisions of the contract and procedures for the vote on ratification Attendees are encouraged to pose questions and comments to the Negotiations Team. This meeting is open to—and limited to—members of the UUP bargaining unit. For questions about the meeting, contact

UUP Midyear Mingle planned for Jan. 21  

Come to the annual UUP Midyear Mingle: Party and  Brief Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Depot Restaurant at 41/2 Railroad Ave in Oneonta. There will be good people, good conversation and UUP updates.

The complementary menu will include a variety of pizzas and chicken wings with a green salad and an assortment of desserts, as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea. Each person represented by UUP is invited to bring one adult guest.

RSVP by emailing or by calling 436-2135. Please note your name and how many in your party (just you or you and a guest) as well as your telephone number.

Professional development opportunity through the NYS/UUP joint labor-management committees

With a new year comes new opportunities, including this professional development opportunity that’s free for all UUP-represented employees:

Empire Knowledgebank (EKB) eLearning Program allows UUP-represented employees to access eLearning products provided by Enterprise Training Solutions, Inc. through the EKB license.

Online eLearning is perfect for busy professionals and academics seeking training presented in a convenient, easy-to-use environment. Courses are available on subjects including writing, communication, dealing with difficult people, supervisory skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, project management and more.

If there is a subject that you are interested in, a group of courses can be bundled to fit those needs.

For information and license application, click on the link below and get started today:

UUP Complimentary Train Ride

UUP employees are invited to take a complimentary railroad trip on Saturday, November 4. The train will leave the red train platform in Cooperstown at 1 PM, travel to Milford, and return to Cooperstown at 3 PM. The union-building journey will feature camaraderie, scenic autumn views, and complimentary hot dogs, popcorn, beverages. The train will leave from the blue trolley parking lot on Linden. Turn right by the Community Bank/NYSEG substation as you enter Cooperstown on Rte. 28.
Each UUP member may bring one guest.
Space is limited on a first-come RSVP basis. To RSVP email or leave a phone voice-mail message at 436-2135 with your name, telephone number, email address, and name of your guest if you are bringing