Minutes 25 August 2017

August 27th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including eight members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from the August 11 meeting approved.


President’s Report and Business. Discussion of New Faculty Orientation.
Old Business.

  • ROAD. Different administrators are saying different things.

New Business.

  • Calendar. The Chapter will meet on September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, and December 1. The meetings in October will be on USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota / Manatee, and the others on USF Tampa in a room to be reserved.
  • Biweekly. The Biweekly will launch a Kudos section for major awards and accomplishments of UFF members. The standards will be high.
  • Professors requiring their own textbooks. Discussion of policy for textbook approval for individual courses, and how the policy impacts faculty who assign textbooks that they themselves wrote.

Reports.

  • Grievances. There a number of assignment grievances.
  • Membership. Discussion of events.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Facebook. We have 65 members.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 27 August 2017.

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Minutes 11 August 2017

August 12th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at CDB Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the June 16 and 30 meetings approved.


President’s Report and Business. Two items from other unions.

  • New Faculty Orientation. Fewer attendees than previous years. Discussion of Benefits Fair in October.

Old Business.

  • Faculty Forward. UFF Executive Committee members met with SEIU on the adjunct campaign. UFF’s position remains that the adjuncts should have the opportunity to decide whether to organize.
  • ROAD. USF is having difficulties with its software.

New Business.

  • Raises. The pay period for this year’s raises starts on September 8.
  • Calendar. The UFF Chapter Meetings this semester will be on August 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, and December 1. The August 25 meeting will be at Perkins Restaurant, and the other meetings will be in a room TBD on USF Tampa, although two meetings mid-semester will be on USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota / Manatee at locations TBD.
  • Travel Scholarships. The six recipients are Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, LaSonya Moore, Thomas Pluckhahn, Amy Thompson, Roxanne Watson, and Joo Yeon Woo. Just in case a recipient is unable or unwilling to accept a scholarship, two seconds were chosen: Steve Permuth and Nicole Tracy-Ventura.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of grievances at USF St. Petersburg and elsewhere; there seem to be a number of assignment-related grievances.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of plans.
  • Tenure and Promotion workshops. There will be one this fall.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 12 August 2017.

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Minutes 28 July 2017

July 29th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg. In the absence of the President, Vice President Steve Lang presided.


Attendance. Eleven UFF members, including five members of the Council, and four guests.


President’s Report.

  • Tenure & Promotion. There will be a workshop in early fall.

New Business.

  • University Governance at USFSP. At USFSP, there is a question of what a “unit head” is. Discussion of administrative procedures at USFSP.
  • University Governance at USFT. Discussion of status of Faculty Handbook.
  • Legal Issues at USFSP. There is a case in Marine Science and another on USFSP campus.
  • Community Outreach. Discussion of ways to bring academic enrichment to the public.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of a technical issue in CBA.
  • GAU Discussion of the new GAU-UFF contract, and reorganization of GAU.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 29 July 2017.

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Minutes 16 July 2017

July 29th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including six members of the Council, and two guests.


Minutes. Minutes from the June 2 meeting approved.


President’s Report and Business. Two items from other unions.

  • Grievances. Discussion of an outstanding grievance.
  • Faculty Orientation. UFF will be at the new faculty orientation, which is on August 7 at USF Tampa; we will attend orientations at the other two campuses.
  • SEIU Campaign. PERC heard SEIU’s presentation and the USF BOT’s counter-presentation.
  • ROAD. Discussion of problems with one of the outside activity reporting systems.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Health insurance may be an issue.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 28 July 2017.

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Minutes 30 June 2017

July 3rd, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including six members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the June 16 meeting approved.


President’s Report and Business. Two items from other unions.

  • New Faculty Orientation. Volunteers will arrive at the MSC Ballroom on August 7 at 11 am; event runs from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.
    • Motion made and seconded to authorize expenditure of $ 2,000 for materials.

    We will attend orientations at the other two campuses.

  • SEIU Campaign. Discussion.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of grievances at USF St. Petersburg. Discussion of other outstanding issues, including ROAD.
  • Political Committee. The Committee will need to be organized.
  • Membership. UFF will offer tickets for a Rowdies event on July 29. There will be a Biweekly Special to members, and flyers to USFSM and USFSP members.

The July 28 Chapter meeting will be at Ferg’s Sports Bar.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 3 July 2017.

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Minutes 16 June 2017

June 28th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including six members of the Council, and two guests.


Minutes. Minutes from the June 2 meeting approved.


President’s Report and Business. Two items from other unions.

  • Grievances. Discussion of an outstanding grievance.
  • Faculty Orientation. UFF will be at the new faculty orientation, which is on August 7 at USF Tampa; we will attend orientations at the other two campuses.
  • SEIU Campaign. PERC heard SEIU’s presentation and the USF BOT’s counter-presentation.
  • ROAD. Discussion of problems with one of the outside activity reporting systems.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Health insurance may be an issue.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 28 June 2017.

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Minutes 2 June 2017

June 4th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including eight members of the Council, and one guest..


Minutes. Minutes from the May 19 meeting approved.


President’s Report and New Business. Two items from other unions.

  • The GAU. The GAU requests financial assistance.
    • Motion made and seconded to make $ 1,200 available to GAU in return for approximately 50 hours of volunteer labor assistance. Motion passed.
  • The SEIU. The SEIU is conducting a card campaign to organize adjuncts at USF.
    • Motion made and seconded to send the following open letter to the USF Community via a Biweekly Extra. Motion passed, and the letter is as follows:
      Like many leading universities, USF relies increasingly on adjunct faculty to teach many courses. Adjunct faculty range from people with particular skills and experiences that they can bring to the classroom to enrich students’ education, to people who can teach classes relatively inexpensively. Many adjunct faculty are paid a fraction of what permanent faculty are paid per course, and typically lack benefits, promotion opportunities, teaching resources and support, and opportunities to interact with colleagues.


      The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) seeks to represent USF adjuncts in bargaining and grievances. Currently, USF faculty and professionals, USF staff, and USF police are represented by unions, and all three are represented by those unions because at some time, faculty and professionals, staff, and police voted in favor of being represented. The SEIU is seeking a similar election so that adjunct faculty will be able to decide for themselves whether they would like to be represented by SEIU in bargaining and grievances.


      The United Faculty of Florida Senate resolved last spring to cooperate with the SEIU campaign, and the USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida supports the SEIU campaign and the right of adjunct faculty to vote on whether to be represented.

Reports.

  • Grievances. The Grievance Committee will meet next week. In addition, UFF while hold an event to attract more members. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Communications. The articles on salaries and GEMS will wait until new salaries are posted in GEMS.
  • Political Education. Political activists from several unions will meet next week.
  • Membership. New Faculty Orientation will be on August 7.

    The Travel Scholarship program was modified and clarified:all UFF members except those on the Executive Committee and those who received a scholarship during one of the two previous terms are eligible. However, each recipient must acknowledge partial support by UFF in presentations and publications, and write a short description of the research / scholarship / creative work for the Biweekly.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 4 June 2017.

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Minutes 19 May 2017

May 31st, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Eleven UFF members, including eight members of the Council.


Minutes. Minutes from the April 21 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • USF did not achieve preeminence status because of a last-minute change in the metrics. The USF Administration is launching an initiative that may enable USF to achieve that status next year.
  • New Faculty Orientation will be on August 7.
  • A new multi-tier health insurance program will come online in 2020.
  • The GAU asked for support for an event; motion of support tabled pending receipt of a formal proposal.

Reports.

  • Grievances. We need a committee. There are a number of outstanding grievances.
  • Bargaining. A new multi-tier health insurance program will come online in 2020. The Bargaining Committee would like the Tallahassee office to develop a proposal for bargaining for contracts that extend into the period.
  • Membership / Service. Discussion of events and publicizing benefits of membership. We should have a social in July at a Rowdies event.

    The Travel Scholarships program will be repeated this summer, with recipients from last spring and last fall ineligible, and also members of the Executive Committee ineligible; additional requirements are that the recipients write brief descriptions of the relevant professional work for publication in the Biweekly, and that eligibility requires attending a UFF event. [Announcement postponed pending clarification of the last point.]

    Tenure and promotion workshops are to resume in fall.

  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 31 May 2017.

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Minutes 21 April 2017

April 23rd, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held in EDU 161 on USF Tampa.


Attendance. Seven UFF members, including four members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the April 7 meeting approved.


President’s Report. Two issues.

  • GEMS is acquiring an additional security system, called DUO, which may pose difficulties for faculty and professionals lacking secure access to a phone.
  • Some colleges do not post procedures and criteria for promotion to tenure. The provost expects that all units will make their guidelines readily available.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances and other concerns.


Travel Scholarships. The Chapter offered six $ 500 scholarships for professional travel. All UFF members, and only UFF members, were eligible to apply. In response to a query, the Executive Committee decided that eligibility is restricted to the USF Chapter. There were 35 applicants, and recipients were randomly selected. The six recipients were Lindsay Boggess, Darline Demarie, Elizabeth Metzger, Christina Partin, Brook Sadler, and Lisa Starks.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 April 2017 and updated on April 25.

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Minutes 7 April 2017

April 10th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held in EDU 161 on USF Tampa.


Attendance. Seven UFF members, including five members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from the March 24 meeting approved.


The Election. The Chapter finalized the results of the fall election. The Election Committee received 69 ballots, with the following results.

  • The Executive Committee.
    • For Art Shapiro for president: 60.
    • For Steve Lang for vice president: 59.
    • For Greg McColm for secretary: 61.
    • For Sonia Wohlmuth for treasurer: 60.
  • The Senate. USF was allocated one seat for each 25 members, or “majority thereof,” and thus was allocated 21 seats. One of these is occupied by the president, ex officio. The eighteen nominated candidates are thus elected: Henry Alegria (53), Adrienne Berarducci (50), Karin Braunsberger (52), Pablo Brescia (53), Sheila Goethe (51), Leon Hardy (52), Steve Lang (55), Richard Manning (51), Greg McColm (59), Kathleen de la Pena McCook (56), Adriana Novoa (53), Vic Peppard (59), Steve Permuth (55), Scott Perry (53), Patricia Pettijohn (54), Frank Pyrtle III (47), Robert Welker (52), and Sonia Wohlmuth (57). One write-in candidate, Deanna Michael, received two votes and thus was elected. Of the remaining write-in candidates, all of who got one vote each, Fred Pearce was chosen by lot and is thus a senator; Candace Burns, Peter Funke, and Johanna Lasonen shall be alternates. The remaining write-in candidates were either ineligible or declined to serve by the April 7 deadline.
  • The Assembly. The allocation of delegate seats to the Assembly is uncertain, but USF shall be allocated at least seven seats. Thus the four nominated candidates are thus elected: Greg McColm (60), Steve Permuth (58), Art Shapiro (59), and Milton Wendland (55). Three write-in candidates also received more than one vote each and are thus elected: Steve Lang (3), Deanna Michael (2), and Scott Perry (3). USF may be allocated more seats, at most eleven, so the chapter ranked the four candidates (who had one vote each) by lot, in order: Fred Pearce, Richard Manning, Patricia Pettijohn, and Johanna Lasonen.

Business.

  • Lowry Park. Not all recipients of gift cards picked them up, and so the gift cards will be mailed to the recipients.
  • Divestment Campaign. A student group is exploring the possibility of a campaign to encourage the USF Foundation to divest from certain corporations.
  • Summer Recruitment. The Chapter will explore a proposal for recruiting new members during late spring and summer, with almost the same benefits.
  • Travel Scholarships. Applications are due April 21, and recipients will be chosen by lot at the April 22 chapter meeting.

Reports.

  • Membership. We will start planning for new faculty orientation in August. We should inform instructors of what UFF has done for them.
  • Bargaining. Officially starts in October 18.

Decertification. There is a bill to decertify public employee unions of membership density less than 50 %.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 April 2017.

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