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SUNY faculty, staff to be tested for COVID-19

Officials at the State University of New York have come to an agreement with United University Professions ( UUP) on COVID-19 testing of all union-represented faculty and staff who are required to report to campus.

SUNY last week rolled out a surveillance testing program, which screens the saliva for students across the 64-campus system for the disease, but in most cases, the tests were not extended to university employees.

“Today, we took another big step in protecting the public health and safety of our entire college community at The State University of New York. Thanks to major breakthroughs at SUNY Upstate Medical — and the collaboration with United University Professions (UUP) — we will now regularly test UUP faculty members serving on campus for the virus,” State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras said in a statement.

UUP President Frederick Kowal said that all medical testing of staff, whether it is a drug test or diagnostic test, must be approved through the bargaining process.

“This is part and parcel with what we have been arguing for since June that that testing should expand to all of our members on all 64 campuses,” Kowal said.

The agreement also includes provisions for the type of testing …read more

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