Faculty Handbook 2014–15

Union Representation

All members of the Purchase College faculty are represented by United University Professions (UUP). UUP is recognized by the state as the exclusive representative for collective negotiations with respect to salaries, wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment of employees serving in positions in the State University Professional Services Negotiating Unit. UUP is affiliated with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the AFL-CIO.

Academic and professional employees pay a mandatory agency fee (or union dues, for those who choose to become UUP members) via an after-tax payroll deduction. The fee or dues are one percent of basic annual salary. Information about UUP dues, agency fees, and membership benefits may be obtained from the UUP chapter office on campus and on the UUP website, uupinfo.org. Detailed information is also available in the Benefits section of this handbook.

UUP Chapter Office
Administrative Assistant: Glenda Davenport
Office: Natural Sciences Building, Room 3004
Tel.: (914) 251-6940
Hours: Tues.–Thurs., 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Chapter website: uuphost.org/purchase

UUP Chapter Officers and Delegates (Executive Board)
Elected term: June 2013–May 2015
Purchase College is allotted five academic and five professional delegates at the statewide delegate assemblies.


  • Connie Lobur, President
  • Warren Lehrer, Vice President for Academics (on leave 2014–15)
    Paul Kaplan, Interim Vice President for Academics (2014–15)*
  • John Taylor, Vice President for Professionals
  • Kirsten Nelson, Secretary
  • Paula Rankine-Belgrave, Treasurer
  • Jon Esser, Grievance Officer (and Officer for Contingent Employees 2013–14)
  • Mary Garcia, Affirmative Action Officer
  • To be announced, Officer for Contingent Employees 2014–15 (as of Nov. 22, 2014; formerly Daniel Scott, ex officio member*)
    *appointed by the Executive Board in May 2014

Academic Delegates:

  • Joe Ferry (on leave Fall 2014)
  • Paul Kaplan
  • Warren Lehrer (on leave 2014–15)
  • Christopher Robbins

Professional Delegates:

  • Fern Becker
  • Jon Esser
  • Mary Garcia
  • Theresa McElwaine
  • Lorraine Miller
  • Rich Nassisi
  • Kirsten Nelson
  • Sheryl Secor
  • John Taylor
  • Eric Wildrick

NYSUT Representatives and AFT Delegates:

  • Jon Esser
  • Eric Wildrick

Updated March 23, 2015

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