UUP Winter Party: Sunday, January 15th, The Depot, 3-6 PM

UUP will host its annual Winter Party on Sunday, January 15th from 3-6 PM at The Deport, 41/2 Railroad Ave, Oneonta. All those represented by the bargaining unit are invited to attend and to bring one adult guest.
Join us for an afternoon of pizza, wings, soda, salad, and dessert—and good fellowship.
A brief meeting will provide updates.
For purposes of the food order, please RSVP by January 12 at oneonta@uupmail.org with your name and indicate whether you are bringing a guest.
For directions to The Depot, go to https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.4583168,-75.067392/The+Depot+Restaurant+and+Tavern,+4+Railroad+Ave,+Oneonta,+NY+13820/@42.4568663,-75.0674685,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m10!4m9!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x89db8b8528a1cd05:0xbe4c80e70549e7c!2m2!1d-75.0500524!2d42.4538756!3e0
Thanks to UUP Special Events Director Loraine Tyler for organizing this special event.

UUP Marchers – Labor Day Parade on September 10

UUP symbol for blog useUUP Oneonta and other UUP chapters, along with thousands of other unionists, will again participate in New York City’s Labor Day parade. We will meet in Oneonta at 5:30 AM on Saturday, September 10th and then board the free UUP bus in Albany for the New York City parade.

UUP’s parade theme this year is “United for a Fair Contract,” and ties in with the union’s bid for a new, fair contract with the state. We will return to Oneonta by late afternoon. In New York City, we will march in solidarity with K-12 teacher, police, fire, and many other unions. Family members, friends, and community allies are welcome to participate. The union will provide complimentary lunch.

To participate in the parade:

Oneonta Professionals Urged to Vote for Your Members

Each fall, Oneonta UUP Professionals have a chance to elect members to fill positions on the Committee on Professional Evaluation, and the College Review Panel.

I have set up a survey that will act as a way to vote for the candidates of your choice.
These Professional members have agreed to volunteer their time if needed, to serve on the Committee or Panel.

Please take one minute of your time to click on the following link, log in using your oneonta username and password and vote:  https://helpdesk.oneonta.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1471274233480

More information about the Committee or Panel can be found on the Oneonta UUP website.

Norm Payne, Oneonta UUP VP for Professionals

NYS (NYSHIP) Family Health Insurance: Reminder to UUP Membership

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are enrolled in a family health insurance plan with NYS (NYSHIP), either in The Empire Plan or in an HMO, you should have recently received information from the NYS Employee Benefits Division (EBD) of the Department of Civil Service regarding the “Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit” (DEVA). The purpose of this is to ensure that only eligible dependents are enrolled in employees’ family health insurance coverage. You are REQUIRED to respond to the notice NO LATER THAN AUGUST 19, 2016. If you do not respond or you do so after the deadline, COVERAGE FOR YOUR AFFECTED DEPENDENTS MAY BE CANCELLED RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 01, 2016.

If you have any questions, contact Gail Feuer, Benefits Administrator at gail.feuer@oneonta.edu or at 607-436-2509.

UUPers Invited to Participate in River Paddle on August 13

UUP is participating in a canoe/paddle this summer on Saturday, August 13 with a 2 PM departure time from the fishing/boat access in Portlandville on Route 28, just before the right turn/across the bridge turn to Wightman Lumber on Route 35A.

The paddle is non-competitive, open to the family and friends of UUP, publicized, approximately 5 miles round trip, start and return. Lot and street parking are available.
For those who would like to participate but don’t have a boat, canoe/kayak rentals are available immediately adjacent to the public fishing/boat access at Canoe & Kayak Rental and Sales at 2828 NYS Route 28, Portlandville, NY (607-286-7349).

The purpose is three-fold—raise public commitment to protecting our regional water resources, encourage participation in the recreational opportunities afforded us, and build solidarity.  Life jackets are mandatory, and sun screen is advised.  If you are interested in participating, email Bill Simons at William.Simons@oneonta.edu

UUP Encourages Participation at Commemorative Community Vigil – July 14

UUP encourages its members to participate in Thursday’s Commemorative Vigil on Thursday, July 14 at 5 PM, Muller Plaza, downtown Oneonta. The Oneonta Branch of the NAACP, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and members of faith communities from Otsego and Delaware Counties will gather to honor the memory of the police officers and the Black men who recently lost their lives in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.

The vigil will be co-hosted by Oneonta Branch of the NAACP and Rev. Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, of the First United Presbyterian Church. Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor, NAACP Education Chair Michelle Osterhoudt; and Rev. Elsie Rhodes, from the First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown will be part of the program.

In case of rain, the vigil will take place in Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.

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.Read More »