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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Council Minutes 19 September 2014

September 23rd, 2014 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. Ten senators attending.


State of the Union. The president’s report will go out in the Biweekly and a flyer in outline form.


Functions of the Council.

  • Grievance Committee.
    • Nomination of Sara Dykins Callahan to the Committee. Nomination confirmed.
  • Service / Membership Committee.
    • Nomination of Jill Brasky as co-chair the Committee. Nomination confirmed.
  • Chapter Council schedule. The Chapter Council will meet on November 14, January 23, March 4, and May 1.
  • Chapter schedule. The Chapter will meet on October 3 in USFSM, October 17 in USFSP, and November 14 and December 5 in USFT.
  • Constitutional Revision. Text to be adjusted and sent to the Council.
  • Grievance Report. Discussion of outstanding grievances.


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

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Minutes 5 September 2014

September 22nd, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon near BSN 1304.


President’s Report.

  • Attempt to move the College of Nursing out of the UFF USF Bargaining Unit. The attempt was unsuccessful after administrative dissembling exposed.
  • ROAD. The new ROAD reporting system makes inappropriate requests for information.
  • Membership. We need a new membership committee.

Reports.

  • Chapter and Bylaws. Proposed language on filling vacancies to be distributed in Biweekly.
  • Grievances. Over a dozen outstanding grievances.
  • Membership.
    • Motion made and seconded to print and mail packages with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to the entire UFF USF Bargaining Unit. Motion passed.
  • Events. The Chapter will organize a Tenure & Promotion workshop and a Welcome Reception for new faculty.
  • UFF USF GAU. UFF USF GAU Chapter President Joshua Lenes is resigning and taking leave to serve as an FEA organizer.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
    • Motion made and seconded to approve the 2014 – 2015 budget. Motion passed.

    THIS IS THE APPROVED BUDGET:

    actual 2012-2013 proposed 2013-2014 proposed 2014-2015
    Membership/Outreach 16,211.00 30,000.00 50,000.00
      Travel scholarships 3,000.00
      Rebates 11,720.00
      Meeting expenses 3,334.00
      Fall reception 1,157.00
    Travel Reimbursements 1,609.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
    Office supplies 296.00 500.00 500.00
    Printing 1,371.00 10,000 10,000.00
    Postage 575.00 2,000.00 2,000.00
    Communication/web page 1,162.00 1,000.00
    Misc 3,910.00 2,000.00
    TOTAL 25,134.00 47,500.00 70,500.00
  • Bargaining. Salary and two items to be opened.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 22 September 2014 and amended on 1 October 2014.

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Minutes 25 July 2014

July 27th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven members, including nine members of the Council, and one guest.


College of Nursing. Discussion of meetings and developments in the College of Nursing. Both the USFT Faculty Senate and the UFF are watching the situation.


Successions and Vacancies. Deferred to first meeting in September.


Schedule change. There will be no chapter meeting on August 22.


Events. The Chapter shall prepare for three events:

  • New faculty orientation.
  • A reception for new faculty, but inviting all faculty, tentatively scheduled for September 25 at 3 pm in the Embassy Suites.
  • Tenure and promotion workshops at all three campuses.


Ratification Election Adjustment. Ratification of the contract was placed on the agenda of the August 4 BOT meeting. Unless faculty have voted to ratify, the agendum will be pushed to the next BOT meeting in September, pushing the raise back with it. The Executive Committee decided to reset the deadline for receiving ballots from August 4 to August 1, and to count ballots on August 2.


Reports.

  • Treasury. We are solvent. Two motions:
    • Motion moved and seconded to print and send copies of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to all faculty. Motion approved.
    • Motion moved and seconded to purchase a printer with scanner capability. Motion approved.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Bargaining. To date, we have received 203 ballots.

Good of the Order.

  • Roy Weatherford of UFF Retired reminds us that Terry McLauchlan is running for the Assembly.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 26 July 2014.

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Minutes 11 July 2014

July 27th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Nine members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


College of Nursing. Discussion of the situation.


Events. The Chapter shall prepare for three events:

  • New faculty orientation.
  • A reception for new faculty.
  • Tenure and promotion workshops.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.

New Business.

  • Preparation for the Facebook page.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 26 June 2014.

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