Council Minutes 13 May 2015

May 15th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council


Time & Place. The Council Meeting was held at 12:00 pm at CDB Restaurant at 51st & Fowler, jointly with the Chapter Council.


Attendance & Introductions. Fourteen senators attending.


Appointments to Standing Committees. The Council confirmed the following nominations.

  • Bargaining Committee. President Shapiro nominated Bob Welker to be Chief Negotiator and Chair of the Bargaining Committee, and the Council confirmed the nomination. Welker nominated Adrienne Berarducci, Sara Dykins Callahan, Steve Lang, Steve Permuth, and Frank Pyrtle to the Committee, and the Council confirmed the nominations.
  • Grievance Committee. President Shapiro nominated Dan Belgrad to be Chair of the Grievance Committee, and the Council confirmed the nomination. Belgrad then nominated Barnali Dixon, Sara Dykins Callahan, Richard Manning, and Sonia Wohlmuth to the Committee, and the Council confirmed the nominations. President Arthur Shapiro, Vice President Steve Lang, and Chief Negotiator Bob Welker will serve ex officio.
  • Communications Committee. President Shapiro nominated Greg McColm to be Chair of the Communications Committee, and the Council confirmed the nomination. McColm nominated Sara Dykins Callahan, Steve Lang, and Rick Wilber to the Committee, and the Council confirmed the nominations.
  • Service Committee. President Shapiro nominated Adrienne Berarducci to be Chair of the Service Committee, and the Council confirmed the nomination. Note: the Service Committee handles membership, among other things.

Between Council Meetings, nominations and other business shall be handled electronically.


Summer Schedule. During the summer, the Chapter shall meet on May 27, June 10 & 24, July 14 & 28 (if necessary).


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 15 May 2016.

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Minutes 13 May 2016

May 15th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm at CDB Restaurant.


Attendance & Introductions. Seventeen members, including fourteen members of the Council, and two guests.


22 April 2016 Minutes. Approved.


New Business.

  • Membership. Introducing Tony Floriani and Megan Flocken, who will be helping with the summer organizing project.
  • Non-renewals. There has been a plague of non-renewals, and the Chapter will seek information on what is going on.

Time did not permit further review of the Membership Report.


President;s Report

  • USFP Department of ESPG. There is an ongoing grievance. Discussion.
  • Union office. The university is out of space, but promises new space when it opens up.


Reports

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Membership. There will be a Membership Committee meeting next Tuesday at noon at CDB Restaurant.
  • Tenure & Promotion. No workshops scheduled for this summer.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 15 May 2016.

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Minutes 22 April 2016

May 1st, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 314.


Attendance & Introductions. Fourteen members, including ten members of the Council.


Membership Report. The Chapter continued its review of the Membership Report. The President appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to conduct surveys of instructors and professionals and report back to the Chapter.


Reports

  • Grievances. Presentation on Article 18 on Inventions and Works.
  • Travel Scholarships. There were 29 applications, and the following recipients were selected by lot: Michael Berson, Jason Lazarus, Rasim Guldiken, Amanda Huensch, Sara Dykins, and Mark Hafen.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 1 May 2016.

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Minutes 8 April 2016

April 8th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 314.


Attendance & Introductions. Fifteen members, including thirteen members of the council.


Minutes of 25 March 2016 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report

  • The membership campaign. Staff support is problematic, and President Shapiro is asking FEA for support.
  • UFF’s new office. We have been moved into a tiny room, and are requesting more space.
  • USFSP Environmental Studies Program. Discussion.
  • Evaluation of the deans. Discussion.


Old Business

  • Travel Scholarships. The deadline for submissions is April 21. There are currently 13 submissions, and more are expected. Six will be selected by lot for $ 500 each. Discussion of possible modifications for next round.


New Business
The Chapter went over the ad hoc report on membership. The Chapter made three decisions:

  • The Chapter shall spend more time reviewing the report and composing plans for improving the Chapter. In particular, the theme of the April 22 Chapter Meeting will be the Communications component of the report.
  • The April 22 meeting shall be experimental, and we will try two innovations. First, the theme subject, the Communications component of the membership report, will be the first item of business (after introductions and approval of the minutes of the current meeting). Second, the meeting will be conducted in EDU 314 on USF Tampa and a room TBD on USF St. Petersburg, over an audio-visual connection.
  • The Chapter will continue to explore the report. In addition, the Chapter Council will meet on Friday, May 13, to consider the report.


Reports

  • Grievances. A presentation of Article 11 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on annual evaluations.
  • Membership. The state office of UFF has proposed an early membership alternative. Discussion.


The results of the election shall be reported to Tallahassee and to the Council by April 15. These are the results:

  • The elected officers: President Art Shapiro, Vice President Steve Lang, Secretary Greg McColm, Treasurer Sonia Wohlmuth.
  • The UFF senators: President Shapiro serves ex officio. The following fifteen candidates were elected outright: Karin Braunsberger, Pablo Brescia, Barnali Dixon, Cecil Greek, Steve Lang, Mariam Manzur Leiva, Greg McColm, Deanna Michael, Adriana Novoa, Steve Permuth, Patricia Pettijohn, Frank Pyrtle III, Bob Welker, Rick Wilber, Sonia Wohlmuth. There remained seven (write-in) candidates tied, and the tie was broken by lot. The four additional senators are Adrienne Berarducci, Sara Dykins Callahan, Tina Malone, and Vic Peppard. The three alternates are, in order of rank by lot, Candace Burns, Andrew Berish, and Scott Perry.
  • The FEA delegates: The following six candidates were elected outright: Steve Lang, Mariam Manzur Leiva, Greg McColm, Deanna Michael, Steve Permuth, and Art Shapiro. There remained four (write-in) candidates tied, but Sheila Goethe elected to serve as an alternate, so the three-way tie was broken by lot. The seventh delegate is Adrienne Berarducci, and the remaining alternates are Candace Burns and E. J. Ford.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 8 April 2016.

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Minutes 25 March 2016

March 30th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in A217 at USF Sarasota Manatee.


Attendance & Introductions. Ten members, one who joined that day, and including four members of the council.


Minutes of 11 March 2016 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. We have a new organizer, Lauren Byer. Discussion of USF SP ESPG situation.


Old Business.

  • Elections. The secretary failed to bring necessary materials, so the ties will be broken at the April 8 meeting. Motion made and seconded that a candidate for a representative seat may elect to serve as an alternate, and that among the candidates not so electing, the representatives shall be selected in the order of the number of votes received, with ties broken by lot; the remaining candidates shall serve as alternates.

New Business.

  • Membership. Discussion.
  • Grievances. Presentation on non-reappointments.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 30 March 2016.

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Minutes 11 March 2016

March 23rd, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in EDU 314 at USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Twelve members, including nine members of the Council.


Minutes of 26 February 2016 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. Discussion of evaluations of deans. Recruitment program being reorganized. Discussion of the College of Nursing. Discussion of the ESPG program in USFSP. We have been moved to SVC 2057D, which is called SVC 2057A.


Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. At Chapter Meetings, unless there is a major outstanding issue, the Grievance Chair will discuss major issues in the contract. This time it was Sections 9.2E.1 on Summer Appointments and 9.4 on Appointments on Conflicts of Interest and Outside Activities. Additional discussion of outstanding grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. There will be a statement in the Biweekly Extra next week announcing the results of the Chapter election.


New Business

  • Election. Ballots are to be counted in the SVC breezeway.
  • Social Media. Discussion of video updates.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 March 2016.

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Minutes 26 February 2016

March 9th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in EDU 314 at USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Thirteen members, including eight members of the Council, and two guests.


Minutes of 12 February 2016 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. Discussion of evaluations of deans. Report on the UFF Senate meeting, where the hot topic was the SCF’s board’s decision not to offer continuing contracts to new hires. Report on USF St. Petersburg.

  • We are being moved to a new office in SVC 2057A. All Executive Committee members, and the Chair of the Membership Committee, shall receive keys.
    • Motion made and seconded to offer UFF USF GAU members $ 20 per hour to move our materials. Motion approved.


Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. At Chapter Meetings, unless there is a major outstanding issue, the Grievance Chair will discuss major issues in the contract. This time it was Sections 19.1 and 19.2 on Conflicts of Interest and Outside Activities. Additional discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Social meetings. Discussion of Non-tenure track social the previous day.
  • Membership. Discussion.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 9 March 2016.

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Minutes 12 February 2016

February 24th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in USC 150F at USF St. Petersburg.


Attendance & Introductions. Sixteen members, including eight members of the Council, and two guests.


Minutes of 29 January 2015 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. Discussion of evaluations of deans.


Schedule for the spring semester. The Chapter will meet on Jan. 29, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr 8 & 22. We will meet in EDU 314 on USF Tampa except for two meetings, one at USFSP on Feb. 12 and one at USFSM on Mar. 25.


Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. At Chapter Meetings, unless there is a major outstanding issue, the Grievance Chair will discuss major issues in the contract. This time it was Sections 9.1 and 9.2 on Assignments.
  • Membership. Discussion of strategies for recruitment.
  • Tenure & Promotion Workshops. New policies and criteria coming into force.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of items for bargaining.
  • Facebook. Currently, there is a Facebook group. Shall we also have a Facebook page?


New Business.

  • Proposed reorganization of USFSP CAS Environmental Science program. Discussion of the situation.
  • Political action. Discussion of prospects.
  • State College of Florida. UFF has collected enough cards to force an election.
  • Guns on campus. The bill is stuck in committee.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 24 February 2016.

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Minutes 29 January 2016

January 31st, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in EDU 314 at USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Fifteen members, including ten members of the Council.


Minutes of 15 January 2015 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report.

  • UFF has received a copy of the evaluation of the dean of Education, but not of Nursing.
  • The Membership Committee has organized two socials.
    • One for new employees (although everyone is invited) on Jan. 21 from 4 pm – 6 pm at Longhorn Restaurant at 2110 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
    • One for everyone on Jan. 25 form 6 pm to 10 pm at Ferg’s at 1320 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.


Schedule for the spring semester. The Chapter will meet on Jan. 29, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr 8 & 22. We will meet in EDU 314 on USF Tampa except for two meetings, one at USFSP on Feb. 12 and one at USFSM on Mar. 25.


Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding issues.
  • Membership. Discussion of another social.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of items for bargaining.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 31 January 2016.

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Minutes 15 January 2016

January 17th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm at CDB Restaurant.


Attendance & Introductions. Fifteen members, including ten members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes of 4 December 2015 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report.

  • UFF has filed public document requests for evaluations of the deans of Education and Nursing.
  • The Membership Committee has organized two socials.
    • One for new employees (although everyone is invited) on Jan. 21 from 4 pm – 6 pm at Longhorn Restaurant at 2110 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
    • One for everyone on Jan. 25 form 6 pm to 10 pm at Ferg’s at 1320 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.


Schedule for the spring semester. The Chapter will meet on Jan. 29, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr 8 & 22. We will meet in a room TBD on USF Tampa except for two meetings, one at USFSP and one at USFSM at dates TBD.


Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding issues.
  • Membership. Discussion of a soiree on January 21.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of items for bargaining.


Election 2016. The Chapter resolved to accept the Proposed Timetable for the election and to request that the Election Committee determine the deadline for UFF membership in order to participate in the election.


Travel Scholarships. The Chapter resolved to continue the Travel Scholarship Program. Under a separate motion, the Chapter resolved to offer six $ 500 scholarships rather than the usual four, for a total cost of $ 3,000..


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 17 January 2016.

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