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REMINDER-CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT

CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT REMINDER

Applications for the Fall 2023 Childcare Reimbursement must be submitted to the UConn-AAUP office by NOVEMBER 2, 2023.

Please note that the Fall 2023 reimbursement is for daycare provided for the months of May, June, July, August, September and October, 2023 ONLY.  Child must attend daycare at least two weeks during the month to qualify for that month.

The UConn-AAUP Child Care policy and application is now available on the UConn-AAUP website:

www.uconnaaup.org

(Chapter Information- Resources)

Please download, fill out, and fax, mail, or e-mail (BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org) the application and receipts to the UConn-AAUP office.  ALL applications are acknowledged.

UConn-AAUP Telephone 860-487-0450, Fax 860-487-0341

1875 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268

UCONN-AAUP CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2024-2025

NOMINEES FOR UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION – 2024-2025

UConn-AAUP Chapter invites member nominations and self-nominations to stand for election to the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee.  We seek a wide diversity of UConn-AAUP members from different disciplines, points of view, and status of employment.  We seek members interested in standing for officer roles (President, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Membership Development/Organizing, Secretary/Treasurer), Regional Campus Representative, and Member-at-Large seats.  The term of service is for one year; member’s duties involve attendance at bi-weekly meetings.  Please respond by January 5, 2024, to the UConn-AAUP Office via  phone – 860-487-0450, or email BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.  If you would like to learn more about the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Clinical Professor Jean McCarthy @ jean.mccarthy@uconn.edu.

 

 

Barbara Kratochvil
Sr. Administrative Assistant
UConn-AAUP
860-487-0450

 

UConn-AAUP Update: October 11, 2023: Higher Ed Rally & Work/Life Expo

UConn-AAUP Update: October 11, 2023                        

We Hope to see you at one of these events tomorrow!

UConn Work/Life Expo

Stop by the Work/Life Expo tomorrow in the student union and say hello- we will be tabling from 10:00-2:00.  Additional information can be found at Work/Life Month & Expo 2023 | Human Resources (uconn.edu)

Connecticut’s ‘Skeletal’ Public Higher Ed Funding Rally: Thursday, October 12, 2023.

5:00 – 6:00 PM

UConn-AAUP leadership and our SEBAC partners are focused on reversing Governor Lamont’s and the legislative decision to reduce funding and staffing for higher education institutions in the second year of the biennium budget. Join us at the Capitol as we unveil the “bare bones” Halloween-themed program to advocate for increased funding supporting students throughout our public higher education institutions. This is a higher education SEBAC event that requires faculty and staff support. UConn-AAUP needs to be there in force. Show up with your UConn-AAUP t-shirt. PDF Flyer (and to register to let us know you are coming!) If you don’t yet have a t-shirt- let Gina know and she will bring one for you!

Protecting Public Higher Education Rally

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 12 5:00PM
WHERE: North Side of the Connecticut State Capitol Building, located at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford
PARKING:
Plenty of metered, on-street parking available in the area
Look for the Blue UConn-AAUP shirts!

 

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW

 

 

UConn-AAUP Pandemic Pay Survey

UConn-AAUP Members,

In May of this year, we informed you of an arbitration award that certain state employees were eligible for compensation for working “in-person” at their worksite due to potentially exposing themselves and their families to the COVID virus. The arbitration award identified a “covered period” from March 20, 2020, through March 27, 2021, and a threshold of 180 hours worked. We also asked you to fill out a survey if you worked “in-person” during the “covered period” that would be used when meeting with the UConn administration. We are asking for your assistance in filling out another survey as we try to get this over the finish line.

If you feel you are eligible for pandemic pay due to meeting the criteria above, please follow this link to the survey.

NOTE: Clinical faculty who taught a class and supervised precepting need to identify which hours were performed in the “health care facility.”

NOTE: For teaching faculty, the Registrar has the list of classes that were taught “in-person.” When filling out the hours worked, please identify the course you were teaching.

Thank you,

Michael

Michael Bailey
Executive Director
UConn-AAUP
Office: 860-487-0450
Cell: 401-474-2917

UConn-AAUP Members Meeting/Luncheon

UConn-AAUP Members Meeting/Luncheon


You are invited to the UConn-AAUP Members Meeting / Luncheon

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

12 Noon – Student Union Room #304, Storrs Campus

Discussions will include:

  • Negotiations’ Landscape
  • Membership Update
  • SEBAC Strategic Plan – Emphasis of Higher Education
  • Legislative Update

Please RSVP to BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org before October 20, 2023

Barbara Kratochvil
Sr. Administrative Assistant
UConn-AAUP
860-487-0450

 

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

OCTOBER 4, 2023

Applications for the Fall 2023 Child Care Reimbursement must be submitted to the UConn-AAUP office by NOVEMBER 2, 2023.

Please note that the Fall 2023 reimbursement is for daycare provided for the months of May, June, July, August, September and October, 2023 ONLY.  Child must attend daycare at least two weeks during the month to qualify for that month.

The UConn-AAUP Child Care policy and application is now available on the UConn-AAUP website:

www.uconnaaup.org

(Chapter Information- Resources)

Please download, fill out, and fax, mail, or e-mail (BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org) the application and receipts to the UConn-AAUP office.  ALL applications are acknowledged.

UConn-AAUP Telephone 860-487-0450, Fax 860-487-0341

1875 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268

UConn-AAUP Update: September 25, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: September 25, 2023


In this Issue:

  • SEBAC Update
  • Frustrations Build with Parking: Letter Sent, Administration Responds
  • NEW Modified Assignment Policy
  • Legislative “In-District” Meetings
  • UConn-AAUP Fall Calendar

SEBAC Update

Protecting Higher Education funding is a key priority for SEBAC and our colleagues across our state. Along with meeting with legislative leaders throughout the fall to talk with them about our work, we are also supporting statewide efforts to highlight the need for fully funding higher education.  Due to severe underfunding and understaffing levels, our state system is at a critical juncture.  Be part of our united message and come support the statewide effort in funding our future. Join us at the below events!

Tuesday, September 26th, 12:00 noon: Legislative leaders will be at the Capitol for a special session to vote on the date of the Presidential Primary.  Join other leaders and members at 12:00 to highlight and remind our leaders that it is their responsibility to protect Connecticut’s future by funding and investing in our public higher education system.

Thursday, October 12 beginning at 5:00PM Rally: Outside the Connecticut State Capitol Building, located at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford (plenty of metered, on-street parking available in the area)

Click here to register online to join us (important for planning purposes)

Frustrations Build with Parking

Frustrated with parking on the Storrs Campus, UConn-AAUP, UCPEA and GEU sent a letter to President Maric; Facility responds with no action.

NEW Modified Assignment Policy

UConn-AAUP has been working with the Labor Relations on a policy that will allow bargaining unit members to adjust their assignment “to respond to anticipated or unanticipated life events or situations.”  Modified assignments might involve either 1) full-time work with a flexible schedule, modified work duties, remote work, and/or other arrangements as agreed upon or approved or 2) a combination of working less than full-time (VSPR), paid leave and/or leave without pay (FMLA/FMLG), as appropriate. Qualifying life events might include returning from an approved medical leave after the birth of a child or adoption of a child, short-term care for the bargaining unit member or an immediate family member on a part-time basis following the completion of an approved personal or FMLA leave, or bereavement following the death of an immediate family member or other emergency circumstances. More information will be provided in the near future.

Legislative “In-District” Meetings

UConn-AAUP will be continuing to meet with our elected legislative leaders this fall as we look to find common interests and ways to build professional relationships. Over the next week or two, we will be contacting members in selected legislative districts asking for participation in these meetings. We found these meetings very successful last year and we hope to have members willing to spend a few minutes with their elected leaders as we prepare for the shortened legislative session.

Fall Calendar of Events
Follow the link to the list of Fall Happenings for UConn-AAUP.

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW

UConn-AAUP Update: September 7, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: September 7, 2023

In this Issue:

Welcome Back – Jeffrey Ogbar, UConn-AAUP President
Social Gathering – Hops 44, Friday, September 8th, 4-6:00 pm
Payroll Pay Dates
Legislative “In-District” Meetings
UConn-AAUP Fall Calendar

Dear UConn Faculty,

Welcome back to another academic year! For most of us, summer provides time for the three-Rs: rest, re-charging, and, yes, research. I hope that you have all enjoyed a fair balance of these. This is my second one-year term as President of the AAUP UConn Chapter. After several years on the Executive Committee, and two years as Executive Vice President, I remain honored to serve our membership.

Since our chapter’s formation in 1976, UConn-AAUP has been an essential organized voice for our members on the most critical issues related to our work at the University. From professors, to research assistants, and coaches, there are around 2,500 employees at UConn who are qualified for AAUP membership. We are proud that most are dues-paying members, but many remain disconnected. If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join and add your voice to our chapter’s work. Please peruse our website, come to our meetings, or reach out to our leadership team to learn more.

Best wishes for a fantastic academic year!

In solidarity,
Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar
President, AAUP, UConn Chapter

Social Gathering – Hops44, Friday, September 8th, 4:00-6:00 pm

UConn-AAUP will be hosting a social event this Friday, September 8, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Hops44, 625 Middle Turnpike, Storrs, CT. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Hope to see you there to kick off the new academic year.

Payroll Pay Dates

For current employees of the bargaining unit, the negotiated salary increase was effective 8/23/23, which fell in the 8/11/23 – 8/24/23 pay period. Members’ check date of 9/8/23 will reflect 8.0 days (8/11/23 – 8/22/23) of their old rates, and 2.0 days (8/23/23 – 8/24/23) at their new rates. The check dated 9/22//23 will be the first payment which reflects a full pay period (8/25/23 – 9/7/23) at the new rates.

New bargaining unit members hired on 8/23/23 will receive a partial payment (2.0) days for the period of 8/23/23 – 8/24/23 on the check date 9/8/23. The first full payment for the period of 8/25/23 – 9/7/23 will be issued on check date 9//22/23.

The pay date calendar can be found here: https://payroll.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2008/2022/10/2023-Pay-Calendar.pdf.

Legislative “In-District” Meetings

UConn-AAUP will be continuing to meet with our elected legislative leaders this fall as we look to find common interests and ways to build professional relationships. Over the next week or two, we will be contacting members in selected legislative districts asking for participation in these meetings. We found these meetings very successful last year and we hope to have members willing to spend a few minutes with their elected leaders as we prepare for the shortened legislative session.

 

Fall Calendar of Events

Follow the link to the list of Fall Happenings for UConn-AAUP.

 

In Solidarity,
Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW

UConn-AAUP Update: July 27, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: July 27, 2023
In this Issue:

  • Tier IV Pensions: SEBAC to Meet with Lamont Administration
  • Pandemic Pay Update
  • SEBAC Health Enhancement Plan Bonus

State employees, including UConn-AAUP members, who were first hired on or after July 31, 2017, were eligible to participate in the Tier IV pension plan. In the coming weeks, SEBAC leaders will be meeting with the Lamont Administration to discuss issues with the Tier IV Plan, including employee contribution rates.   Changes in the existing SEBAC Agreement cannot be unilaterally made by either party.

The risk-sharing provision of the Tier IV pension plan – which covers most state employees hired after 7/31/2017 – is about to take effect for one year, beginning with the upcoming pay cycle.  That provision permits the State to increase employee contributions by half of the amount by which the plan’s investment returns failed to reach the projected average amount of 6.9% in the prior calendar year, up to a maximum of 2%.

Tier IV employees recently received a memo from the Comptroller’s office stating that “in calendar year 2022, the SERS fund’s investment income was far below the 6.9% annual benchmark.  In fact, the fund’s investments suffered a net loss of 10.85%….”   As a result,  Tier IV employees are scheduled to pay an extra 2% contribution for the next 12 months.

We will keep members informed and involved as we work to make progress on these issues.

Pandemic Pay Update

UConn-AAUP continues to work with the administration on resolving the pandemic pay issues and getting those who qualify some compensation for the time spent at their worksite. As bargaining unit members do not record their time on CoreCT, or other time reporting software, members will be asked to attest to their time, and if necessary, receive confirmation from their supervisor. Many state employees have already received their compensation because they are required to record their weekly activity on CoreCT. Most higher education unit employees have not been compensated and continue to work their labor relations counterparts to resolve their issues. We will keep you posted on our progress.

SEBAC Health Enhancement Plan (HEP) Bonus

The $100 HEP incentive bonus for compliance with the Chronic Disease annual requirements will be included in the September 8, 2023 check for active employees and August 31, 2023 check for retirees.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW