NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees

Six NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees, negotiated in the 2016–2022 Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions, address mutually identified issues affecting employees of the Professional Services Negotiating Unit and provide funding opportunities to employees in various programs.Each committee has an equal number of representatives appointed by the State and United University Professions (UUP). In addition, a Labor-Management Executive Committee approves all funding recommendations for joint labor-management initiatives. A neutral staff serves the committees.

Affirmative Action/Diversity

Established under Article 10, No Discrimination, this committee enhances employment opportunities with preference given to minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and employees with military status through the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program and Grants for Employees with Disabilities Program.


Established under Article 35, Retrenchment, this committee assists employees who are retrenched, perceived to be at high risk of retrenchment, or whose retraining would accommodate shifting program needs through the Employment Coaching and Placement Program and the Retraining Fellowship Program. Assistance is also available to academic departments with declining enrollment through the Enrollment Enhancement Program.

Professional Development

Established under Article 42, Professional Development Committee, this committee oversees programs that provide supplemental support of employees' professional development activities, including research, course work, leadership and supervisory staff development, mentoring and attendance and participation in professional conferences through the Individual Development Awards Program, Calendar Year Employee Leave Program, Professional Development Grant Program and Online Self-Study Courses.

Safety and Health

Established under Article 43, Safety and Health Committee, this committee provides funds for targeted training to health and safety professionals to continually update and refine the skills needed to recognize and correct potential hazards in the workplace and to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Dr. Herbert N. Wright Awards Program provides funds for participation in externally sponsored training programs.

Campus Grants

Established under Article 45, Campus Grants Committee, this committee is comprised of a labor and management representative from each of the joint labor-management committees. The Campus Grants Program provides funds for projects or activities that address mutually identified needs that will benefit groups of employees at one or more campuses.