Stony Brook HSC Chapter of UUP


Negotiations Update


UUP Contract Negotiations Team Open Meetings with Chapter Members

The 2011-2016 Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions expires July 1, 2016. UUP’s extensive preparations to negotiate the successor contract are in progress. As many members of the Negotiations Team as possible will travel to all UUP Chapters during the statewide listening tour – an in person means of communication with members for UUP’s needs assessment phase.

Negotiations Team members will be here to listen to your ideas, thoughts, and concerns At the following LOCATIONS, DATES & TIMES.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:30pm
at hsc level3 GALLERIA Lunch will be Provided
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:15pm
at hsc level2 Lecture Hall 1 a snack will be provided
THURSDAY, September 24, 2015 at 7:00AM
at hsc level3 GALLERIA a snack will be Provided

Please don’t miss this opportunity to express your views and offer ideas, suggestions, and recommendations directly to members of the UUP Negotiations Team.
Please plan to attend one of the listed sessions.
To submit your SUGGESTIONS Complete the form found HERE

Members of the UUP Negiotiations Team are:

Chief Negotiator: J. Philippe Abraham, UUP Statewide Vice President for Professionals
Associate/Deputy Chief Negotiator: Mike Smiles, Vice President for Academics, Farmingdale Chapter
Assistant Chief Negotiator: Pamela Malone, UUP Statewide Executive Board Member and Empire State College UUP President
Assistant Chief Negotiator: Jason Torre, Vice President for Academics, Stony Brook Main Chapter
Bret E. Benjamin - Albany
Douglas S. Cody - Farmingdale
Raymond P. Dannenhoffer - Buffalo HSC
Jennifer L. Drake - Cortland
Patricia D. Ghee - Buffalo State
Carolyn S. Kube - Stony Brook HSC
Michael J. Lyon - Upstate Medical University
Idalia Torres - Fredonia
Thomas J. Tucker - Buffalo Center
William J. Tusang - Cobleskill
Paula S. White - Downstate Medical Center
Anne Wiegard - Cortland
Beth Wilson - New Paltz
Ezra Zubrow - Buffalo Center

The SUNY Policies have been updated. For the latest version CLICK HERE

The 2011-2016 UUP/NYS Collective Bargaining Agreement is available online. To reference the
contract CLICK HERE

UUP is in the process of generating and distributing Hardcopy CBA booklets which will be available soon.

For highlights of the tentative Agreement CLICK HERE

To view the 2011-2016 Contract Q & A (last updated July 11, 2013)  CLICK HERE

The DATES when CONTRACTED PAY RAISES will be in your paycheck have been announced. CLICK HERE

For information about the Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) and changes to Empire Plan Health Insurance Premiums   CLICK HERE


NEW DHMO Delta Dental Option for more information CLICK HERE

Enhanced DAVIS VISION BENEFIT is available. For more information CLICK HERE

For more information on these or any benefit, call the UUP Benefit Trust Fund at 1 800-UUP-FUND

To speak with staff at NYS Work Life Program CLICK HERE or NYS Balance CLICK HERE

Upcoming Events

June 2015
06/03   6:00P LI Professional Conference, Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook CLICK HERE 
To register CLICK HERE
06/09   HSC Advocacy Day in ALBANY – To join the group register HERE
06/15-16   UUP Presidents Conference - Albany
06/17   Chapter Executive Board Meeting (this is a WEDNESDAY)
July 2015
07/08   Celebrate Diversity: A Rainbow Experience Watch for Flyers
07/18   Saturday 4p-8:30p Fishing Trip on the Celtic Quest (watch for flyers)
August 2015
08/xx   Mr. Softee at various locations
08/15   LIRR trip to NYC from Ronkonkoma
08/26   UUP Summer Membership BBQ Meeting
September 2015
09/02   12:30p Negotiations Team Visit   HSC Galleria – General Meeting
09/16   5:15p Negotiations Team Visit   HSC L2 LH1 – General Meeting
09/24   7:00a  Negotiations Team Visit   HSC Galleria – General Meeting
October 2015
10/02-03   UUP DA Buffalo
10/07   SPRING 2016 Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program Application Due
10/14   Celebrate Diversity: A Latino & Caribbean Experience Watch for Flyers
10/17   WOLFSTOCK  2:30p BBQ  6p Football Game – for more info CLICK HERE
10/21   COARM Retiree Luncheon Meeting at Farmingale
10/21   Pre-retirement Workshop Noon to 1PM LISVH   RSVP to SB UUP Office 4-1505
10/22   Pre Retirement Workshop  5:00p-6p  HSC L4  RSVP to SB UUP Office 4-1505
10/24    Harvest Festival 2:00p-4:30p Harmony Vineyard, Head of Harbor for info CLICK HERE
10/27   COARM Retiree Luncheon Meeting at Stony Brook
November 2015
11/xx   Fund Raiser for a Family in Need (Watch for Flyers)
11/12   Celebrate Diversity: A Taste of Asia (Watch for Flyers)
December 2015
12/xx   UUP Holiday Membership Meetings (Watch for Flyers)
12/05   LIRR trip to NYC (Watch for Flyers)

Chapter News

For the  2015 SB HSC UUP Chapter Election results CLICK HERE

For a complete list of all 2015 UUP chapter election results CLICK HERE

2015-2017 Chapter Elections Calendar is available HERE

In the regular 2015 chapter elections, no candidate for Chapter Officer for Contingents received 50% of the votes cast for that office, so a run-off election was held between the 2 candidates receiving the most votes. Voting in the runoff election closed JUNE 10, 2015.

Nancy Balkon has won the run-off election. She has been elected to a two year term effective immediately as Officer for Contingents for the SB HSC Chapter of UUP. Congratulations Nancy!!

For the complete SB HSC run-off election results CLICK HERE

NEWs regarding Individual Development Awards (IDA aka PDA)

Awards can be granted for professional development activities occurring only within the period JULY 2, 2014 thru JULY 1, 2015. Applications for activities occurring in any other period will not be considered. The application deadline for submitting an Individual Development Awards to the SB HSC Chapter office is FEBRUARY 18, 2015. CLICK HERE for more details

Campus Camps had run a summer camp program at SBU for many years. They were unable to continue at SBU this summer, BUT they have been able to rent space on the Oakdale campus of St. John’s University and will run a very similar program at this new location. They are offering a discount to ALL Stony Brook Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Students and will be providing transportation to and from Stony Brook. For more information about the program CLICK HERE

The Coalition of Active Retired Members (COARM) LI Regional Meeting
Are you a retired UUP member? Consider attending The next LI Regional COARM Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Stony Brook Hilton Hotel. Contact the chapter office for details.

Sharon Hines

Please welcome our new Chapter Assistant Valerie Goldman.

Valerie was selected from a large pool of capable applicants. She has been a wonderful addition to our office. She is organized and efficient and she has certainly helped the office run smoothly. Valerie joined our chapter in April 2014. If you haven't already met Valerie, please stop in and say hi.

For 2013 SB HSC Chapter Election RESULTS CLICK HERE

Chapter Bylaws
The Bylaws Committee will continue their work. Our chapter bylaws need to be updated to be in line with the UUP statewide constitution. Please watch for announcements regarding the bylaws.

The 1990 Bylaws can be accessed HERE

The 2012 Proposed Bylaws can be accessed HERE

Smoking Policy Update
To view the Smoking Policy CLICK HERE

Statewide News

Click here to sign up to march with UUP in the 2015 New York City Labor Day Parade!

SPRING 2015 Delegate Assembly

Nearly 300 delegates met and re-elected three statewide officers to two-year terms at the spring gathering of the union’s policymaking and legislative body, April 17 and 18 in Saratoga Springs

Fred Kowal to a second two-year term as UUP president., Eileen Landy was re-elected to an eighth term as UUP’s statewide secretary and Arthur Shertzer was elected to his first full term as UUP’s membership development officer. Shertzer has served in the position since January, when he was elected to fill a vacancy. For more details CLICK HERE

Our Teacher Education programs and students need our help.
to learn more about UUP's Teacher Education Task Force efforts and to find out what you can do to help.

The 2015 Winter Delegate Assemble
was held at the Downtown Albany Hilton January 25-26. Even with winter storms looming union business proceeded as planned and two statewide elections were conducted. Fred Kowal and the officers will be making regional visits to talk with campus UUP leaders in smaller groups to gather grass roots information about the needs and day to day operation of the chapters. All with serving the needs of the members.

Membership Development Officer (MDO) elected to complete the Term of Edison Bond.
Our Statewide UUP Membership Development Officer, Edison Bond, Jr., stepped down as MDO effective Dec 2014. Our UUP Constitution requires that an election be held to fill the office of MDO for the remainder of the term, which is through May 31, 2015. Ray Gleason of SUNY Alfred State College was appointed to fill the position until this election could be held. At the Winter 2015 DA (January 25-26, 2015) an election for MDO was conducted. Candidates for the position were Artie Shertzer of SUNY Stony Brook and Tom Hoey of SUNY Albany. The candidates were both very qualified and the election was very close. Artie Shertzer was elected MDO and will fill the remainder of Edison Bond’s term ending May 31, 2015.

A statewide election will be conducted to elect an MDO for the 2015-2017 term at the 2015 Spring DA (April 17-18, 2015). Candidates for this position who wish their candidate's statement to be published in The Voice and to appear on the UUP statewide website must follow the election policy available online at

Tom Hoey of SUNY Albany was elected to fill the Professional Executive Board member seat vacated by Artie Shertzer as the result of his election as MDO.

2014 Nina Mitchell Award for Distinguished Service
The 2014 Nina Mitchell Award for Distinguished Service has been awarded to Ed Drummond and Jeanne Galbraith, both retired from SB HSC Chapter, and Candy Merbler retired from SUNY Albany Chapter. An article in the September/October 2014 issue of the Voice highlights their achievement and service to UUP. To read the article CLICK HERE

The 2014 summer issue of The Voice is an "online only" issue accessible HERE

UUP's Communications Department is working on an new online format for The Voice. In the coming months we will publish additional "online only" editions in a new format to supplement the hard copy issues that are mailed to members' homes. We are moving toward a mix of hard copy and online issues in order to cut costs and accommodate member suggestions for more easily readable and accessible online editions.

Past issues of The Voice are available online on the UUP home page

edTPA is a new student teacher performance assessment that is impacting our students, colleagues, and teacher preparation programs across SUNY and the state.   To learn more about edTPA CLICK HERE

UUP DA Election results May 3, 2014
Delegates overwhelmingly supported their leadership team by re-electing all incumbent officers and board members to their statewide posts for another two-year term. Re-elected without opposition were VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, VP for Professionals Philippe Abraham, and Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud.
Unopposed for re-election to the board were Mike Lyon of Upstate Medical University and Carolyn Kube of Stony Brook HSC. Incumbents Ray Gleason of Alfred and Idalia Torres of Fredonia held off challenges to retain their board seats. Gleason defeated Todd Bates of Canton; Torres beat Tom Hoey of Albany and Bates. Ezra Zubrow of Buffalo Center was elected for the first time since 2007-2008; he defeated Joe Petrick of Alfred.

NYSUT RA Election results April 5, 2014
Karen Magee, the union’s first woman president, was elected by NYSUT delegates at the 2014 Representative Assembly, April 4-6 in New York City.
RA delegates also re-elected Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta and voted for three new leaders—vice presidents Catalina Fortino and Paul Pecorale, and Secretary-Treasurer Martin Messner.

UUP President, Fred Kowal and three other UUPers—VP for Academics Jamie Dangler, Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud (who was re-elected), and Tom Tucker, Buffalo Center Chapter president and Outreach Committee co-chair—were elected to the NYSUT Board of Directors.

Affiliate News

Description: Member Action Center (MAC ) is available to all UUP members along with the use of the web portal to send emails and electronic letters to state officials advocating for our initiatives. Delegates can also sign up for NYSUT email blasts by texting 38470 with the message NYSUT.
For more information on NYSUT MAC CLICK HERE

Description: NYSUT As a member of UUP you are also a member of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) with all the rights and benefits of membership. For a summary of NYSUT benefits CLICK HERE

NYSUT 43rd annual Representative Assembly (RA) is taking place May 1-2, 2015, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo. The RA is your opportunity to directly affect the policies of NYSUT. The direction and continued democracy of NYSUT depend on your participation. UUp is a very strong local within NYSUT and as such will send your elected NYSUT representatives to this convention to participate in the business of this union and to insure that higher ed and health care are issues represented.

Description: LEAD Institute The Leadership Education Action Development Institute (LEAD) is offering a new series of online workshops for UUP leaders, prospective leaders and members interested in getting more involved with the union. The 60-minute workshops, developed by NYSUT, are set to debut in February. They are free and available 24 hours a day. To register CLICK HERE     
Some of the themes to be covered in the online courses are contract enforcement, member engagement, and professional and union leadership development. For more information and to view the course offerings, CLICK HERE

Description: American Federation of Teachers logoAs a member of UUP you are also a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) with all the rights and benefits of membership. For a summary of AFT benefits CLICK HERE

New NYSUT Membership Cards will be mailed soon. Sharon Hines

As a member of UUP you are also a member of NYSUT. You will receive your new NYSUT membership card by mail at your home address shortly. These valuable cards come with a new feature this year: a miniature version for a key ring that lets members conveniently access benefits and discounts, as well as streamlined check in to local and statewide union events.

Be on the lookout for your new card. You will also receive material outlining the details of the growing array of NYSUT Member Benefits along with a brief guide to "what membership means to you".

Political Action

Everything that happens at SUNY Stony Brook is decided by the NYS legislators and the governor. Your involvement in the political process influences our elected officials. Make your voice heard.

is embarking on an ambitious post-budget advocacy program. UUP's post-budget legislative priorities include bills that support a true Maintenance of Effort, transparency, and a public higher education endowment. We need your help to protect and enhance public higher education and health care and employee rights in New York!

Tuesday June 9 is designated as Long Island and New York City Chapters Advocacy Day
The tentative agenda for our Advocacy Day is as follows:
Noon: Briefing (location TBD)
1:00PM-3:00PM: Pre-arranged meetings with legislators
3:30PM: Depart Legislative Office Building
*Lunch will be provided
Transportation will be PROVIDED

To register CLICK HERE

NME does strongly support collective action, which may take many forms. Adjuncts and their allies should develop varied strategies to end the abuse and exploitation of contingent academic labor throughout higher education. For more information about this movement CLICK HERE

The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL)
Are you a CONTINGENT employee? Are you ineligible to achieve Permanent or Continuing Appointment (tenure)? Are you part time, per diem, or temporary? Are you a clinical professor or considered adjunct faculty? Do you hold a title listed in Appendix A B or C of Article XI of the SUNY Board of Trustees? If you fit any of these descriptions, you are a CONTINGENT.
As a Contingent, the condition of adjunct faculty is your condition. Get involved in the movement to establish better job security, a guarantee of unemployment insurance, a consistency in health insurance coverage and higher wages for all contingent employees. For more information about the movement CLICK HERE

UUP Advocates for SUNY

Watch UUP's ad advocating for SUNY CLICK HERE

What about Southampton Hospital?
Have you heard that STONY BROOK MEDICINE and SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL have taken a major step toward a stronger partnership? CLICK HERE to read more about these plans.

Do you know what is happening at SUNY Downstate Medical Center?
Read the MRT Workgroup Proposal and why UUP opposes the Proposal at

For more information about what's going on at Brooklyn Downstate Medical CLICK HERE

It's easy to contact your legislators!Let your legislators know you oppose the closing of SUNY Downstate Medical Center CLICK HERE
Let your legislators know you want to continue to fund the HCOP Programs CLICK HERE

Want to hear more Local LABOR News?

Listen to Labor Lines online at
and listen to UCOMMM Radio online at
and listen to WAMC Northeast Public Radio CLICK HERE



Did you know that all of our Chapter newsletters have been archived and are available on the SUNY digital repository (aka SUNY DSpace)?
To read all the back issues from 1978 to the present, go to: