Minutes 23 September 2016

September 24th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 257.


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


Minutes. Minutes from September 9 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Ratification. We have already received about four hundred ballots. The ballots for ratification will be counted on September 30 at noon in EDU 257.
  • Membership. Discussion of campaign materials. UFF will be at the USFSP Benefits Fair.
    • Motion made and seconded that should the Tentative Agreement be ratified, hard copies shall be sent to all UFF USF employees, and 3,000 printed so that the Chapter shall have sufficient extras. Motion approved.
    • Motion made and seconded to send membership form and brochure in response to query for UFF membership.
  • Instructor Survey. We will conduct a survey of instructors, and later a survey of professionals.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.

Old Business.

  • Calendar. The remaining meetings of this semester will be on October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2. The meetings on September 23, October 21, and November 18 will be in EDU 257. The meeting on October 7 will be in NES 103 and the meeting on November 4 will be in USF Sarasota / Manatee in B224.
  • Surveys. The Chapter will conduct a survey of instructors.

New Business.

  • UFF USF Office. Problems with the current office.


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

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Minutes 9 September 2016

September 10th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF St. Petersburg in USC 260.


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


Minutes. Minutes from August 26 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Ratification. Description of the history of bargaining the contract currently awaiting ratification. The ballots for ratification will be counted on September 30 at noon in EDU 257.
  • Membership. There will be a social on Monday, September 26 at 6 pm in Ferg’s Sports Bar at 1320 Central Avenue.

Old Business.

  • Calendar. The remaining meetings of this semester will be on September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2. The meetings on September 23, October 21, and November 18 will be in EDU 257.
  • Surveys. The Chapter will conduct a survey of instructors.

New Business.

  • Membership. Discussion of current efforts.
  • Politics. On September 28, the NEA will send some political campaign and liaison experts to train members in USF and HCC.

Committee Reports.

  • Tenure and Promotion Workshops. We will have one this fall.
  • Treasurer’s Report. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. Preparations for 2019.

The UFF Senate will meet on Saturday, September 17, from 3 pm to 5 pm, and on Sunday, September 18, from 9 am to noon. The Bargaining Councils will meet Saturday evening. The meeting will be at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 September 2016.

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Council Minute 1 September 2016

September 1st, 2016 by greg


The Council approved the appointment of Nicole Tracy Ventura to the Communications Committee.


This minute respectfully posted 1 September 2016 by Gregory McColm.

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Minutes 26 August 2016

August 28th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


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


Minutes. Minutes from August 12 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Ratification. The two chief negotiators have tentatively agreed to a new 2016 – 2019 contract, which requires ratification before coming into effect.
  • Membership. Discussion of the Orientation meeting, and plans for the fall recruitment campaign.

Old Business.

  • Calendar. We confirm that the next chapter meeting will be at USF St. Petersburg, location TBD. The remaining meetings of this semester will be on September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2. We will reserve one room to meet in monthly, and each month we will have a meeting at an alternate location.
  • Surveys. In September, the Chapter will conduct a survey of instructors.

New Business. We need volunteers to help build a departmental or building representative structure.
Committee Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasurer’s Report. The following budget was presented for approval:

    Items Expenditures 2015 Proposed 2016
    Printing 16,000 19,000
    Chapter & Committee Meetings 5,000 6,000
    Mileage reimbursements 2,600 3,500
    Travel scholarships 2,500 9,000
    Postal services 800 1,500
    Miscellaneous 1,400
    Recruitment (personnel) 10,000
    Recruitment (events) 6,000
    TOTAL 28,300 55,000

    Motion made and seconded to approve the budget. Motion approved.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 28 August 2016.

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Minutes 12 August 2016

August 25th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Ten members, including seven members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from July 15 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Membership. Successful new faculty orientation.

Old Business.

  • Calendar. The next chapter meeting will be at USF St. Petersburg, location TBD. The remaining meetings of this semester will be on September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2.
  • Surveys. In September, the Chapter will conduct a survey of instructors.
  • Departmental support. Some departments are not receiving adequate faculty hires. Discussion.
  • Travel scholarships. The Chapter will resume the travel scholarship program, but with restrictions.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter offer six $ 500 travel scholarships this fall for the spring and summer terms, with the following provisos. No employee may win more than one scholarship within a one-year period, beginning with this cycle. Each recipient will be invited to write a paragraph for the Biweekly on their travel, and be invited to an event to be recognized for their work. Motion approved.

New Business.

  • Membership. The organizers report contacting 25 – 30 people.
  • Treasurer’s Report. The annual budget shall be presented at the August 26 Chapter Meeting. The proposed budget will be:
    Items Expenditures 2015 Proposed 2016
    Printing 16,000 19,000
    Chapter & Committee Meetings 5,000 6,000
    Mileage reimbursements 2,600 3,500
    Travel scholarships 2,500 9,000
    Postal services 800 1,500
    Miscellaneous 1,400
    Recruitment (personnel) 10,000
    Recruitment (events) 6,000
    TOTAL 28,300 55,000
  • Chapter Meetings. Discussion of possibility of moving meetings around during the semester.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 25 August 2016.

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Minutes 15 July 2016

July 17th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven members, including seven members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from June 24 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Calendar. The following schedule was proposed for chapter meetings this fall, including a meeting in four weeks. Meetings will be on alternating Fridays at 12 noon, and lunch will be provided.
    • On August 12 & 26, we will meet at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace.
    • On September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2, we will meet on USF campus locations TBD. Two of these meetings will be on the USF Sarasota / Manatee and USF St. Petersburg campuses, the remainder on USF Tampa.
  • Surveys. The Survey committee will produce surveys. UFF is also planning a climate survey.


New Business on the Membership Campaign.

  • Steve Permuth made a presentation regarding addressing specific concerns of particular segments of the bargaining unit. Discussion of illegal retaliation by administrators.
  • UFF will have greeters at the August 8 Orientation for new faculty.
    • Motion made and seconded to allocate $ 2,000 towards promotional materials for the Orientation. Motion passed.
  • Greg McColm made an informational presentation regarding amendments of the Bylaws on chapter elections.
    • Motion made and seconded that there be no write-in candidates in subsequent elections. Motion made and seconded to table the motion. Motion to table passed.

Reports.

  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.
  • Communications. We will be setting up a Facebook page.


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

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Minutes 24 June 2016

June 26th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven members, including eight members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from 10 June and 27 May meetings approved.


Campaign. Report on organizing “greeters”: members who will welcome new employees.


Reports

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.
  • Communications. The Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29, at Panera Restaurant, at University Square.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 26 June 2016.

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Minutes 10 June 2016

June 10th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Ten members, including eight members of the Council, and four guests.


President;s Report

  • Membership. The Campaign will seek greeters this summer to prepare for the fall recruitment drive.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter allocate $ 1,500 to the Service Committee for recruiting greeters, specifically including a social for new greeters to be held within the next few weeks.
  • USFSP ESPG department. Discussion of current situation.
  • Student Evaluations. The joint UFF USF Task Force had been assured that Explorance Blue would be modified to permit faculty to add items to student evaluations, but apparently this has not been implemented.


Reports

  • UFF Steering Committee & Council of Presidents. Discussion of effect of performance metrics on curricula.
  • Tenure & Promotion. To be held in fall on all three campuses.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 June 2016.

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Minutes 27 May 2016

June 10th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


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


New Business.

  • Membership. Discussion of Membership Campaign.
  • Non-renewals. Discussion of the situation.
  • Student Evaluations. Discussion of problems with evaluations.
  • Facebook. Group members restricted to UFF and affiliate members.


Reports

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Tenure & Promotion. There will be tenure workshops in fall in all three campuses. Discussion of workshops for instructors.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 June 2016.

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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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