UConn-AAUP Update: August 24, 2022

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Welcome Back Message from President Jeffrey Ogbar

Welcome back! I hope that you’ve all returned rested, refreshed, and ready for a great year ahead. This is my first year as President of the AAUP UConn Chapter. As several years on the Executive Committee, and two years as Executive Vice President, I eagerly look forward to serving our membership in this new capacity. As many of you are aware, the AAUP has been a part of our faculty experience at UConn since 1976, providing an organized voice for our membership on issues critical to our professional well-being. 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.

Again, I hope you all have a great start to the academic year!

Fall Opening

COVID-19 guidance for faculty and staff returning for the fall semester can be found here: https://covid.uconn.edu/resources/faculty-staff/ Please use common sense precautions to protect yourself from infection. If you feel you have COVID identified symptoms, please make arrangements to stay home until tested, and if positive, follow your doctor’s orders for care.

New 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) link.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

New leadership at the US Department of Education has led the announcement on April 19, 2022 that several changes and updates will bring borrowers closer to forgiveness under the income-driven repayment (IDR) plans. If you are an educator, working for a non-profit organization or government agency (UConn), you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The AAUP and AFT supported these proposed changes and have provided information for our members here and here. SEBAC also supports the proposed changes and is offering a webinar on August 25, 2022, at 5:00 pm. You can register for the webinar here.

Health Insurance Rate Increase

Please review the FAQ provided to us by SEBAC

Health Enhancement Plan Compliance (HEP)

This past week, the Comptroller’s Office sent an email to non-compliant health care members explaining the members latest status and the problems with the call back feature for correcting potential issues being temporarily unavailable. As the Comptroller’s Office receives updated claims information daily and the HEP portal is updated weekly, you may receive have received the email notifying you of non-compliance, but the portal will show you compliant. You can check your HEP status on the Portal

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director