Program on Proposed Constitutional Convention: Wed. Oct. 18, 5 PM, Otsego Grille, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta

The public is invited to an important program on the proposed Constitutional Convention on Wednesday, October 18th from 5 PM-6:30 PM in the Otsego Grille, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta.
The New York State Constitution establishes our fundamental rights as citizens of this state. These include rights to a free public education, health care, collective bargaining, environmental protections, pension security, and many other basic protections. Come learn about and discuss the rights we currently have, potential threats to those rights, popular issues motivating convention supporters, who is likely to serve as delegates to a NYS Constitutional Convention, and the groups involved in convention lobbying.
The panel will include New York State Senator James Seward; State UUP President Fred Kowal; Tyra A. Olstad, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, SUNY Oneonta; and Elizabeth Bloom, Chair, Education Department, Hartwick College. UUP Oneonta Chapter President and SUNY Oneonta History Professor Bill Simons will moderate the discussion. A questions-and-answer session will follow the panelists’ remarks. Admission is free, and the event is open to all.
Program sponsors include UUP Oneonta, Oneonta Area NAACP, SUNY Oneonta Department of Secondary Education and Educational Technology, Hartwick College Education Department, Oneonta Area for Public Education, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Teachers Association, UUP Cobleskill, Tri-County Women’s Coalition, SUNY Oneonta History Department, Sidney Teacher Association, UUP Delhi, SUNY Oneonta Political Science Department, UUP Albany, SUNY Oneonta Department of Africana & Latino Studies, Sherburne-Earlville Teachers Association, SUNY Oneonta Sociology Department, Cobleskill-Richmondville Teachers’ Association, Norwich Educators Organization, Morris Teachers Association, Bainbridge-Guilford Teachers Association, and Oneonta Teachers Association.

UUP Professional Leadership Workshop

UUP Professional Leadership Workshop: Tuesday, October 10, Noon, Le Café

UUP will hold a Professional Leadership Workshop on Tuesday, October 10th in Le Café, Morris Complex. Designed exclusively for UUP Professionals, this workshop will provide practical advice on how to become a more effective leader. It will discuss the differences between Supervision, Management, and Leadership through both theoretical and practical experiences. It will also review the benefits and impediments of assuming different leadership styles. Finally, opportunity will be provided for answering specific questions raised by participants.
UUP Vice President for Professionals Dave Lincoln and Labor Relations Specialist Darryl Wood will lead this interactive workshop.
UUP will provide a complimentary lunch. To facilitate the food order, please email or call 436-2135 to RSVP.

UUP Labor Film Series – Monday, September 18

UUP Labor Film Series – Monday, September 18
Economic development, environmental politics, and anti-government extremism collide in the powerful documentary The Fire Next Time.
Join us for a viewing and discussion at Hunt Union Red Dragon Theater, 6-7:30 p.m. Find out how a Montana community struggled with anti-environmental extremism fed by talk radio, threats to local officials, and rebuilt bonds with a grassroots anti-hate program, Not in Our Town. All members of the campus community are welcome. Please share the attached flyer. For additional information contact Gina Keel at

Fire Next Time flyer

UUP Vision for the Future Program

UUP Vision for the Future Program: Reflections on our Next President: Wednesday, September 20, Noon, Le Café
UUP Oneonta will host a noontime Vision for the Future panel program on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, in Le Café, Morris. Discussants will reflect on the attributes that the next president of SUNY Oneonta should possess. As the presidential search process proceeds UUP Vice President for Academics and Associate Professor Michael Brown organized the Vision for the Future program and will moderate the discussion.
The Vision for the Future panel includes four exceptional members of the College community: James Ebert, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and former Dean of Science and Social Science; Renee Walker, Acting Chair, Psychology Department, and Professor, Anthropology; Cynthia Klink, Adjunct Lecturer, Anthropology, and UUP Associate Officer for Contingents; and David Lincoln, Emergency Management Coordinator and UUP Vice President for Professionals.
After the Vision for the Future panelists’ formal remarks, audience questions and comments will follow. All members of the UUP bargaining unit are invited to attend and encouraged to participate. UUP will provide a complimentary lunch. To facilitate the food order, please email or call 436-2135 to RSVP.

UUP Canoe Paddle: Saturday, September 9 at 2 PM

UUP has rescheduled its 2017 canoe/kayak paddle to Saturday, September 9 at 2 PM. The purpose is three-fold—raise public commitment to protecting our regional water resources, encourage participation in the recreational opportunities afforded us, build solidarity, and have a great time. Skill level or lack thereof is irrelevant to participation.
The paddle will be non-competitive, open to the family and friends of UUP, publicized, approximately 4 miles round trip, start and return from the fishing/boat access in Portlandville on Route 28, just before the right turn/across the bridge turn to Wrightman Lumber on Route 25A. Lot and street parking is available. For those who would like to participate but don’t have a boat or life jacket, canoe/kayak rentals and mandatory life jackets 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).
If you are interested, please email Bill Simons at William.Simons@Oneonta.Edu

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 with your name and indicate whether you are bringing a guest.
For directions to The Depot, go to,-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: