Chancellor Malatras and PBA President & University Police Officers Director Law Extend Free, Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Agreement for PBA-Represented Employees at SUNY Campuses

December 29, 2020

Agreement Follows Deals with UUP, CSEA, and PEF to Continue Mandatory Testing Through June

Read the full PBA COVID Testing MOU for 2021

Albany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras and the Police Benevolent Association for New York State (PBANYS) President & University Police Officers Director Ryan Law today extended an agreement to conduct free, mandatory COVID-19 testing for PBA of New York State-represented employees at SUNY state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals. Routine testing for PBA-represented employees will now continue through the end of the spring semester. The preexisting agreement was set to expire on December 31, 2020. United University Professions (UUP), The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), and New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) recently extended similar arrangements.

"As we look forward to the spring semester with our campuses reopening, which will bring the return of our students, we want to continue making testing available to every member of the SUNY family in order to track and control the virus as best we can—this extension provides an avenue to our University Police Officers to easily get tested," said Chancellor Malatras. "Every one of the SUNY community’s health is a top priority, so it is crucial that we take care of our police force who work tirelessly keep our campuses and their surrounding communities safe. I thank President Ryan Law for his leadership and partnership in finalizing this extension agreement."

PBANYS President & University Police Officers Director Law said, "Regular COVID testing played a significant role in keeping SUNY campuses safe from this virus during the fall semester, and we are pleased to offer this free service to our University Police yet again in the spring. My thanks to Chancellor Malatras for his partnership as we continue to fight against the spread of COVID, and to our police who so honorably serve our students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to 2021 and stand ready to protect the SUNY community."

Effective through June 30, 2021, all state operated colleges, universities, and hospitals shall continue conduct testing of PBANYS Agency Police Services Unit (APSU) employees (University Police Officer, University Police Officer II, University Police Investigator, and University Police Investigator II) who are required to report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligation. Testing of all employees shall be conducted in concert with regular surveillance testing in campus plans required under Chancellor Malatras' September 3, 2020, directive.

This semester SUNY has conducted 646,843 COVID-19 tests with a positivity rate of 0.55 percent. Most SUNY students are finishing classes and finals remotely. All returning students will be required to submit to tests ahead of the spring semester.

About The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBANYS)

Established in 2011, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of New York State), is a law enforcement labor union representing the interests of approximately 1,200 members of the New York State Agency Police Services Unit (APSU). The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State's public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit suny.edu.


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