Join over 28,000 public sector employees in the northeast who enjoy personalized, professional on-site representation. As one of the only Unions who regularly visits its members in their workplace; enjoy first hand updates on contract negotiations; have questions and concerns addressed in person by a professional union representative; and bear witness to the power of total member involvement in protecting our members’ contracts which leads to some of the best negotiated contracts in the public sector.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your co-workers!
Why Join UPSEU?
Total Member Involvement
Negotiated Agreements Second to None
Training for Stewards, Officers, and Members on workplace rights
"We are Making a Difference in the Workplace"
UPSEU COPS Division represented me in a case of termination without just cause against the Town of Madison, CT. Ultimately, the union won back my reinstatement with a six figure cash settlement and a full 20 year pension with benefits paid for by the town after I had only served 17 years. All of the staff at UPSEU/ COPS were 100% behind my case at every turn. They were ready at all hours to address developments, answer calls and questions, and provided professional and moral support for the entire eighteen months. I can't say enough about the staff and attorneys, particularly Ron Suraci. Ron has the uncanny ability to anticipate developments ahead of time and then establishes strategies, deals with and leverages events for a positive outcome. My sincere thanks to UPSEU and everyone involved.
- Tim Heiden, Madison Police Department
My first contact with UPSEU (then known as Local 424) was in November 1992. A gentleman named Paul T. Burch agreed to meet with a small group of workers who, at the time, worked for a hostile employer. After our meeting, Paul and UPSEU agreed to represent us. I remember asking Paul, “Why did you agree to help a group of maybe sixteen workers when so many other Unions turned us down?” Paul’s response to me was, “Look, we are not about the money, we are about representing employees who need our help.” Seventeen years later we, as employees of the Village of Rhinebeck, have all come to appreciate the valued representation UPSEU has given us. I am absolutely sure that without their representation we would have never been able to achieve the quality of life at work and at home that we now enjoy. My personal thanks to UPSEU and Executive Vice President Gary M. Hickey for all that you have done and continue to do for us. Congratulations on reaching 20,000 members!
- Anthony C. Gasparini, Village of Rhinebeck
In 1993 I was the CSEA Unit President when UPSEU filed the petition for an election to change unions. I fought vehemently to keep CSEA because I believed everything they told me. UPSEU wasn't a union and they wouldn't fulfill any of their campaign promises such as democratic negotiations, professional representation, were just some of CSEA's statements. My heart sank when the employees overwhelmingly voted for UPSEU because I thought we were going backwards. What I hadn't realized, however, was that all those years with CSEA we were going backwards; since we got rid of them, we have gone forward, every day and every contract. For the first time in my career with Rensselaer County I can honestly say we are represented by a REAL union that genuinely cares about us and listens to us.
- Vickie Halse, Renssalaer County
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate UPSEU for their 20,000 membership achievment. It only stands to reason that membership will grow when union officials go out of their way to provide excellent service and benefits as UPSEU had done for us for many years now. I would also like to thank UPSEU for securing us fair contracts and addressing many issues in a professional and timely manner. You have always been more than willing to help at a moment's notice. Keep up the great work and thank you for fighting our battles.