On February 19, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and United University Professions [UUP] President Phillip H. Smith announced a tentative contract agreement between the state and the union representing more than 35,000 SUNY employees. UUP members had been without a contract since 2011. The proposed agreement is tentative pending ratification by UUP membership.
According to the State Budget Office, the agreement will save approximately $87 million in wages through a Deficit Reduction Program over the contract period. All changes to health benefits will save $99 million over the contract period.