Minutes 12 June 2015

June 13th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Eleven members, including seven senators, and one guest.


Minutes. Previous minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Discussion.
  • UFF Finances. Discussion.


Reports.

  • Membership. UFF North Florida Service Unit Director Candi Churchill will assist the Chapter with our recruitment campaign this coming academic year. Our goal is to recruit new members and to recruit new activists and leaders.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter shall commit $ 10,000 towards the coming organizing campaign. Motion approved unanimously.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Tenure and Promotion Workshops. There are problems with administrators unfamiliar with the USF processes.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. Bargaining the reopener has begun.


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

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Minutes 29 May 2015

June 5th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in CDB Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Seven members, all senators.


Minutes. Previous minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Ed Mitchell. Discussion.
  • UFF Finances. Discussion.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter shall offer four travel scholarships of $ 500 each; all UFF USF members are eligible and recipients are to be determined by lot at the last summer meeting of the Chapter on August 7. Motion approved.
  • Membership. The Chapter needs to recruit new members and new activists. Discussion of the membership committee and the steward system.
  • Collective Bargaining. Discussion.

Summer Schedule. The UFF USF Chapter shall meet on June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, and August 7. The June 12 meeting shall be at USF St. Petersburg; all other meetings shall be at CDB Restaurant.


The Chapter President also distributed a Washington Spectator article on the North Carolina government’s disruption of the UNC university system.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 5 June 2015.

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Minutes 15 May 2015

May 17th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm in CDB Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Fourteen members, including eight senators, and a guest.


Minutes. Previous minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry. Continues to improve.
  • Meetings. Art met with the dean of CAS and the USFSP regional chancellor.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion.
  • Membership. Jill Brasky will be going to Emory University and recommends a “full-time” membership chair.
  • Tenure and Promotion. Steve Lang reports that administrators are giving incorrect information to tenure-track faculty. We will do another Tenure workshop in fall. There is a request for a promotion workshop for instructors.
  • Bargaining. The salary article will be reopened in this summer’s bargaining; in addition, each side may choose to open up to two other articles – although some articles require agreement from both sides to reopen.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Facebook. The experiment continues.


The Chapter will meet on alternate Fridays this summer, at noon, on May 29, June 12 and 26, and July 10 and 24. All meetings will be at CDB Restaurant, just east of USF Tampa, except the June 26 meeting, which will be on USFSP.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 17 May 2015.

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Minutes 24 April 2015

April 29th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 am on USF Tampa in EDU 150.


Attendance & Introductions. Seven members, including three senators, and a guest.


President’s Report.

  • Tenure & promotion. Discussion of tenure probation period extensions.
  • Paul Terry. Update.


Reports.

  • Bargaining. Discussion.
  • Other. There are reports of the chairs meeting with the Provost to discuss tenure & promotion. UFF member Hiba Hechiche has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., College of Scholars.


The next meeting will be on Friday, May 15, at noon, in CDB Restaurant.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 29 April 2015.

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Minutes 10 April 2015

April 23rd, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 am on USF Sarasota / Manatee in B226.


Attendance & Introductions. Six members, including four senators, and a guest.


President’s Report.

  • UFF Finances. President Shapiro is on a committee charged with reviewing UFF finances.
  • Paul Terry. Update.


Reports.

  • Grievance Committee. A bit slow at the moment: tenure denials are not out yet.
  • Bargaining. Discussion.


New Business.

  • Guns on campus.
    • Motion by the Executive Committee that HB 4005 and SB 176 would introduce a threat to public safety at USF, and we strongly recommend against the passage of this legislation. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Chapter Election. Resolution of a 5-way tie for two seats on the FEA Delegate Assembly. Vic Peppard and Karin Braunsberger selected by lot; Deanna Michael, Scott Perry, and Shun-Yung Wang will serve as alternates.
  • Fight for 15. There will be a Fight for 15 demonstrations across the country, including in the Tampa Bay Area, on April 15. The “15″ refers to the proposed minimum wage hike to $ 15, but also to a proposed floor for adjunct pay.
  • Discretionary raises. Discussion of prospects for Administrative Discretionary raises at USF St. Petersburg.
  • USFSM. Discussion of affairs at USFSM. At USFT, there are tenure guideline proposals to extend the tenure probationary period.
  • Tenure & Promotion. Discussion of committee at USFSP.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 April 2015.

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Minutes 13 March 2015

March 21st, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 am on USF Tampa in EDU 150.


Attendance & Introductions. Twelve members, including eight senators, and two guests.


13 February 2015 Minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Election Report. The Chapter election is nearly completed. Art Shapiro was elected president, Steve Lang was elected vice president, Greg McColm was elected secretary, and Sonia Wohlmuth was elected treasurer. Elected senators are Elizabeth Aranda, Jill Brasky, Karin Braunsberger, Pablo Brescia, Kathleen Carvalho-Knighton, Cecil Greek, Steve Lang, Alex Levine, Mariam Manzur, Greg McColm, Adriana Novoa, Vic Peppard, Steve Permuth, Patricia Pettijohn, Harry Vanden, Bob Welker, Milton Wendland, Rick Wilber, and Sonia Wohlmuth. Elected delegates were Greg McColm, Steve Permuth, and Art Shapiro. To write-in candidates who received more than one vote each consented to serve as delegate: Pablo Brescia and Adrienne Berarducci. Two remaining delegates will be selected from the four remaining write-in candidates at the March 27 Chapter meeting.


Reports.

  • Grievance Committee. A slow., A number of issues resolved informally.
  • Membership Committee. Discussion of new faculty reception. There will be a new faculty reception in early fall.
  • 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 and promotion workshops. Discussion.
  • Bargaining. Discussion.


New Business.

  • Guns on campus. Discussion of whether teachers have the authority to ban guns from the classroom via policy stated in syllabus.
  • Endorsement. Motion made and seconded that the UFF USF Chapter endorse Steve Permuth for the past three positions for which he is standing for election in the state UFF election.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 21 March 2015.

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Council Minute 9 March 2015

March 9th, 2015 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council


Electronically. Chief Negotiator Bob Welker having nominated Sara Dykins Callahan to the Bargaining Committee, and a mafority of the Council supporting, Sara Dykins Callahan is now a member of the Bargainning Team.


This minute respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 9 March 2014.

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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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