This past session, Governor Cuomo and the NY State Legislature amended NY State Election Law increasing the amount of time employees can take off from work to vote. This change requires that employers provide employees with three (3) hours of paid time off on the day of an election to vote. The employer can mandate that this time be taken at the beginning or end of the workday, unless otherwise agreed to by the employer. This change does not apply to school district elections but applies to all other federal, state, and local elections and primaries. The law applies to all voting days including early voting days (October 26th through November 3rd) and Election Day (Nov. 5th).
For an employee to avail themselves of this provision for time off without loss of pay, you must be a registered voter (although no proof of registration is required to request voting time off) and the employee must notify the employer not less than two (2) days prior to the day of the election date that the employee requires time off to vote in accordance with the provisions of this section. Any employee who misses time from work on the day of an election who has not requested at least two (2) days prior to have that time off without loss of pay, shall be treated in accordance with the employer’s normal attendance policies. Please be aware that Board of Election records are public records and the employer could verify if you voted or not on the date that paid time was given for voting. However, the employer will not know who you voted for.
Election Law § 3-110 previously required employers to allow employees to take up to two (2) hours of paid time off to vote in an election, but only if the employee did not have a four-hour block within which to vote from the opening of the polls until the start of their workday, or from the end of their workday until the close of the polls. With the changes made this year, it no longer matters if the employee has time before or after work to vote.
If you have any questions or problems with obtaining paid time off for voting, please request assistance from the UUP Chapter office.
On September 20, 2019, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we are inviting you to strike with us. See below more information.
The attached four-page handout has been updated to include additional eligibility information under Article 39: Health Insurance (on page 3). It is clearly marked as Updated September 2019.
All UUP represented employees are required to complete the Waiver of Holiday Pay Form by August 15, 2019.
If you are required to work during your regular working hours on any day observed by the State as a holiday, you will be given the option to receive payment of money as compensation. In 2019 this covers Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
Please click on this link to access this form on Self-Serve.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Payroll Services at (315) 464-4840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In our continuing effort to engage members with our union, and respond to your desires for information that you might find of interest, we’re asking that you fill out and respond to this quick survey.
Here is the Survey Monkey link for the UMU Membership Engagement Questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/uupupstate
UUP’s 2016-22 contract with NYS contains new family leave provisions, providing members with many options for fully paid, partially paid, and unpaid leave for family care. It covers leave for birth, adoption, foster care placement, sickrelative care (including elders), the death of family members, and assisting family members on active military duty.
The Guide also includes information about the following:•UUP’s newly negotiated “tenure” clock stop provisions for Professionals and Academics following birth, adoption, or foster care placement;•NYS Work-Life Services programs negotiated by UUP;•Possibilities for flexible work arrangements;•Support services and member benefits programs provided by UUP and our affiliates (New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association).
UUP has begun conducting Family Leave Workshops at our chapters and will continue to work with chapter leaders to provide information and assistance to our members across the state.
Fred Kowal, UUP Statewide President
The results of the 2019 Upstate Chapter Election can be found here.
Your elected officers for the 2019-2021 term:
- President & Delegate: Richard Veenstra
- Vice President for Academics & Delegate: Steve Grassl (appointed)
- Vice President for Professionals & Delegate: Mindy Heath
- Secretary: Debra Tafel
- Treasurer: Deb Benware
- Officer For Contingents: Joyce Freeman
- Officer for Retirees: Carol Braund
Click here to read the latest chapter newsletter in PDF format. (April 2019)