Dear Upstate Medical UUP Members,
Now that Governor Hochul has signed the state budget into law, we turn our sights to fighting for proper implementation of the policies that we have advocated for over the last year. One of those policies UUP fought for – and won – is the inclusion of the ‘Healthcare Worker Hazard Pay Bonus’ for our tireless members serving in public academic medical centers across the state. However, the New York State Division of Budget has discretionary power over which job titles will receive the bonus. Many job titles we believe should have been included in the final list will not receive this bonus, so we must act now.
I am asking you to sign onto an Action Network letter, which you can find here, to request that the New York State Division of Budget includes all critically important job titles to the list of those who will receive the hazard pay bonus. The electronic letter is setup to provide an opportunity for you to share who you are, what you do, and how you have helped protect and save countless lives during the pandemic. So, please add text over the placeholder: “(Use this space to fill in personalized information).” If you choose not to add your story, please just delete the placeholder before you send the letter.
Expanding the list of titles that are eligible for this hazard pay bonus will help thousands of workers and families across the state after they have put their lives on the line to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives through their work.
Sign here today, and don’t forget to share the link with your friends and family!