Minutes 13 February 2015

February 13th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 am on USF Tampa in the Marshall Student Center in MSC 3702 .


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven members, including nine senators, and two guests.


30 January 2015 Minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Discussion of the statewide UFF budget.


Reports.

  • Grievance Committee. Half a dozen in arbitration. Recurring problem: tenure denial at the Provost’s level with an inadequate letter of denial. There are three grievances on this issue, and a possible resolution is being discussed between legal representatives of UFF and the USF Administration.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter will not be satisfied with a resolution of to these grievances that does not include a commitment on the part of the Provost’s Office to provide explanations of similar thoroughness as those to be provided to the current grievants in all future cases. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Membership Committee. The New and Instructional Faculty Reception is scheduled as a continental breakfasst on February 25, 9:30 – 11:00, in the Marshall Student Center.
  • Meetings. The Chapter will meet at a location on USFSM TBD on February 27, in MSC on March 13, and then on campus in a room TBD on March 27, April 10, and April 24.
  • Tenure workshops. No rsvps received; turnout unknown.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of priorities.
  • Facebook. We are receiving additional requests.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Publicity Committee shall accept as Facebook group members members of affiliates and of union organizers. Motion approved.
  • Election. The election shall proceed as scheduled.
  • Stewards. The steward system shall be overseen by the Services Committee, often called the Membership Committee.
  • USFSM. The Chapter will visit USFSM in two weeks, and will seek a contact.
  • Guns on campus. Several unions, including the West Central Florida Federation of Labor have taken positions on proposed legislation to provide “Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Deleting a provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility, etc.”
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter support the petition against Florida Senate Bill 176 and Florida House Bill 4005. Motion passed unanimously.


New Business.

  • NEA/AFT Higher Education Conference.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter send a person to the meeting, asking for UFF funds, but supporting from Chapter funds if necessary.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 13 February 2015.

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Minutes 30 January 2015

January 31st, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 am on USF St. Petersburg in the University Student Center in the Ocean Room.


Attendance & Introductions. Six senators attending, and five other members.


16 January 2015 Minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Ed Mitchell is now consulting with the UFF USF Membership Committee on a volunteer basis.
  • The Chapter will produce a second flyer for College of Nursing faculty.


Reports.

  • Grievance Committee. There were several Tenure or Promotion grievances.
  • Membership Committee. The New and Instructional Faculty Reception is penciled in as a brunch on February 25, 9:30 – 11:00, in the Marshall Student Center.
  • Bargaining Committee. Discussion of priorities.
  • Tenure and Promotion Workshop. Scheduled for February 13, 2 pm to 4:30 pm, in MSC 3704.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Facebook. Discussion of Facebook page.

There was a brief discussion of guns on campus.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 31 January 2015.

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Minutes 16 January 2015

January 27th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace.


Attendance. Sixteen members, including eleven members of the Chapter Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the December 5 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Membership. The UFF USF Chapter will ask Ed Mitchell if he can assist our membership drive.
  • Flyer to Nursing Faculty. A flyer will be sent to Nursing faculty shortly.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Membership. The Chapter will reinstitute a steward system.
  • Tenure and promotion workshop. February 13 at 2 pm in MSC 3704. Discussion.
  • Facebook. Participation is slowly growing.
  • Election.
    • Election schedule posted here approved. Nominations will be closed on February 13, and the election will be conducted by mail.


Presentation of a Token of Our Esteem.

  • To Sonia Wohlmuth. For her work as Grievance Chair.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 27 January 2015.

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Council Minutes 16 January 2015

January 27th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council


Time & Place. The Council Meeting was held at 11:00 am at CDB Restaurant at 51st & Fowler.


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven senators attending.


Report on Paul Terry. Getting better; had a partial hip replacement.


Functions of the Council.

  • UFF Senate Representation. We are now able to fill the vacancy.
  • Membership.
    • Motion made and seconded that the President of the UFF USF Chapter approach Ed Mitchell about organizing at USF. Motion approved unanimously.
    • Motion made and seconded that the UFF USF Chapter reinstitute the steward system at USF. Motion approved unanimously.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Location of future Council meetings. Discussion of options.


Other Business

  • The UFF will hold meetings at USF Sarasota / Manatee monthly. These will be meetings of the USFSM members, and will be in addition to the Chapter meetings at USFSM. The next Chapter Meeting at USFSM will be on February 27.
  • Meeting with the Vice Provost. Discussion included outstanding grievances, including a bulletin board for UFF in the College of Nursing, and sick leave buy-out, which has been delayed.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 27 January 2015.

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Minutes 5 December 2014

December 9th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace.


Attendance. Eleven members, including ten members of the Chapter Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the November 14 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • State UFF. The Chapter Secretary will send a reminder of the UFF Senate listserv to all subscribers.
  • ACE Committee meeting. Discussion.
  • Letter to Nursing Faculty. A letter will be sent to Nursing faculty shortly.


Reports.

  • Grievances. The CEC is meeting this month. The next USF UFF Grievance Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 10, at 9:30 am, in Perkins Restaurant at 51st & Fowler in Temple Terrace.
  • Membership. We will have a reception for new faculty at the Embassy Suites on Wednesday, January 28. We will need a flyer with our accomplishments.
  • Tenure and Promotion workshops. There will be one next semester on USF Tampa. We will explore the possibility of archived webinars.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. We are waiting on Tallahassee.


New Business.

  • Meeting Schedule in Spring. We will meet on January 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, and April 10 & 24 in locations TBD.
  • Elections Committee.
    • Motion made and seconded that Executive Committee members may serve on the Election Committee. Motion approved.
    • The Election Committee shall consist of: Jill Brasky, Greg McColm, Adrienne Novoa, and Steve Lang.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 9 December 2014, revised 13 December 2014.

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Minutes 14 November 2014

November 24th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace.


Attendance. Eleven members, including ten members of the Chapter Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes of the October 31 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Bargaining. Congratulations to Bob Welker on the contract.
  • Next semester. Discussion of the election and of meeting administrators.


Reports.

  • Membership. Membership committee will run a campaign next spring.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter conduct travel grant campaign of the same terms and conditions as the past during the next semester. Motion approved.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Communications. Biweekly is currently focusing on the new tenure and promotion guidelines, but may focus on the legislative session next semester.
  • Tenure and Promotion Workshops. The Chapter will conduct a second Tenure and Promotion workshop in January.


Constitutional amendment.
The following proposal was presented to the Chapter:

Mechanics of the Referendum


The amendment accepted by the Chapter on October 3 and sent to the UFF membership in a Biweekly Special on October 14 shall be voted on by the members of the USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida. As resolved at the October 3 Chapter meeting, the referendum shall be electronic, as follows.


The Chapter has an account at VotingPlace.net, and shall compose a ballot with the following question:


Shall the proposed amendment to the UFF USF Constitution, regarding filling vacancies in the Executive Committee, Chapter Council, and FEA Delegation, be approved?

The possible responses will be Yes and No.


The Chapter shall take the following steps:

  • The Chapter shall snail-mail letters to UFF members at their home addresses with the following information:
    • A code consisting of two 3-character strings of letters and numerals. This shall be the sole information a voter shall provide the VotingPlace.
    • The URL http://votingplace.net/uffusf, which is where voters shall go to vote. (Note: at the moment, all that’s there is a stub.)
  • The Chapter shall broadcast a UFF Biweekly Special to UFF members announcing the referendum, and containing the text of the amendment.
  • The VotingPlace ballot page shall be opened when the letters are sent, and shall remain open for two weeks. Thereupon the results will be downloaded and announced.
    Per the UFF USF Constitution, the amendment will be approved if at least two-thirds of the votes cast are in favor of the amendment.


    Some specifics:

    • The mailing list shall be the list provided by the Tallahassee office in the latest reconciliation cycle, plus whatever members are recorded as having joined UFF prior to the mailing list being sent to the printer.
    • The Secretary generated the codes using a quasi-random number generator.
      • There are approximately two billion possible codes, of which just over 500 will be assigned to voters; the probability of someone randomly choosing a working code is approximately 1 in four million.
      • The codes were filtered so that no working code may be accidentally entered by someone with a different code unless that someone makes at least three typos in entering their own code.
    • The only information VotingPlace shall have of voters is their codes. The Secretary shall have a master list of each UFF member and their codes, so if some member misplaces or does not receive their letter, that member can get their code from the secretary. There is no reason for these codes to be used for any purpose in the future, as generating such a new list of such codes is straightforward.
    • The report by the VotingPlace provides both digests and copies of individual ballots, but without codes, so voters’ anonymity is protected from the user (the Secretary).
      The results of the referendum shall be reported to the UFF USF membership.
  • Motion made and seconded to approve the Mechanics passed.


    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 24 November 2014.

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Minutes 31 October 2014

November 2nd, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace.


Attendance. Fourteen members, including eleven members of the Chapter Council, and two guests.


Minutes. Minutes of the October 17 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Recovering.
  • College of Nursing and ROAD. Discussion of ROAD reporting requirements, which are being grieved.
  • Membership. Jill Brasky will seek a co-chair and organize a reception for new faculty in January.
  • New committees mandated by the CBA. New committees on evaluations and intellectual property have been determined.


Tenure and Promotion.
Discussion of the new guidelines.


Reports.

  • Referendum on constitutional amendment. Greg McColm is working on the database of union members and the Voting Place machinery.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances, esp. grievances heading towards arbitration and grievances involving CON.
  • Tenure workshop. We will begin planning a new workshop.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 2 November 2014.

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Minutes 17 October 2014

October 19th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in Coquina 231 on USF St. Petersburg.


Attendance. Eight attendees, including five members of the Chapter Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the October 3 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Recovering.
  • College of Nursing and ROAD. Discussion of ROAD reporting requirements, which are being grieved.
  • USF Tampa Faculty Senate. Discussion of reporting requirements for faculty receiving student reports of violence, etc.
  • Membership Committee. Discussion.
  • CBA Committees. The CBA mandates the formation of three task forces, two of which have memberships appointed by UFF and the Administration.

Reports.

  • Election. An Amendment to the UFF USF Constitution has been presented to the chapter, and the election will be conducted electronically in mid-November once the mandatory 30-day period has passed.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Membership. There will be a reception for new faculty and tenure and promotion workshops.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. Bargaining next year depends critically on what the legislature does.

Good of the Order
If people assigned extra duties, e.g. during the summer, the duties should be assignments as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the mechanism for compensation is outlined in Article 8.4F of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 19 October 2014.

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Minutes 3 October 2014

October 4th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room A203A on USF Sarasota / Manatee.


Attendance. Ten attendees, including five members of the Chapter Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the September 5 and 19 meetings approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Recovering.
  • College of Nursing and ROAD. Discussion.
  • CBA Committees. The CBA mandates the formation of three task forces, two of which have memberships appointed by UFF and the Administration.
  • Membership Committee. We need another co-chair. Meanwhile, there will be a reception for new faculty.

Reports.

  • Election. An Amendment to the UFF USF Constitution was presented to the Chapter.
    • Motion made and seconded to approve the text as a proposed amendment to be presented to the UFF USF membership by electronic ballot. Motion passed.
    • NOTE: per this motion, the amendment shall be sent to the membership via a Biweekly Special. At least thirty days after that broadcast, the electronic referendum will take place. At least a two-third majority of those voting is required in order for the amendment to pass.
  • Grievances. There are fifteen outstanding grievances.
  • Membership. There will be a reception for new faculty, and Steve Lang will conduct a tenure and promotion workshop on Oct. 17.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 4 October 2014.

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Minutes 19 September 2014

September 23rd, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant.


Attendance. Fifteen attendees, including ten members of the Chapter Council.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Recovering.
  • College of Nursing. The attempt to remove the College of Nursing from the Bargaining Unit has been stopped, but the disinformation from the dean’s office continues.
  • ROAD. Discussion of what information ROAD requests.
  • Membership Committee. We need a Membership Committee structured in a manner similar to that of the Grievance Committee.

Reports.

  • Ratification. The contract was ratified overwhelmingly.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances. The next meeting of the Grievance Committee is on October 1, at 9:30 am, at Village Inn on 30th Street N in Tampa.
  • Constitution and Bylaws. There will be a new draft of language for filling vacancies.
  • Events. The Chapter will organize a Tenure & Promotion workshop on October 17 in USF St. Petersburg. In addition, there will be a Welcome Reception for new faculty.
  • Facebook. There are over 30 group members and growing.
  • Next meeting. October 3 in USF Sarasota / Manatee.
  • Discussion of single-year versus multi-year contracts. Salary and two items to be opened.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 September 2014.

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