Minutes 4 April 2014

April 8th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in EDU 316 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Nineteen members, including fourteen members of the Chapter Council, and one guest.


Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of grievances at USFSM.
    • McColm will organize another grievance training workshop.
  • Report on the Chapter Council Meeting.
    • The Council created a Budget Committee consisting of Senators Belgrad, Lang and Wohlmuth.
  • Discussion of Tallahassee politics, and its effect on the USF Board of Trustees, and on public employees.
  • Selection of Senators. At the moment, there are two seats to be filled, and two write-in candidates who have not responded to queries about their availability and willingness to serve. The Chapter will return to the issue in the next meeting.
  • Recruitment. UFF USF Executive Director proposes a Recruitment Workshop in early September.
  • Budget. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the current situation.
    • Motion made and seconded that a hardcopy flyer containing the recent Letter from the Bargaining Committee be sent to the entire UFF USF unit. Motion passes.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 8 April 2014.

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Council Minutes 4 April 2014

April 8th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council


Time & Place. The Council Meeting was held at 11:00 noon in room EDU 316 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Fourteen members attending, and two guests.


Paul Terry. Former UFF USF Chapter President Paul Terry plans to come to Tampa shortly. He later joins the meeting.


Finances. The Council can develop a budget.

  • Motion made and seconded to handle account online, electronically. Motion passes.
  • Budget Committee: Senators Belgrad, Lang and Wohlmuth.

Discussion: at next Chapter Meeting, adopt a 2015 budget.
Political Issues and Recruitment. UFF Executive Director Mitchell recommends a recruitment campaign, with emphasis on politics of higher education in Florida. Mitchell notes education and public sector cutbacks together with deterioration of education staffing. Recommendation for making contributions to PAC.


Constitutional Revision Committee. Deferred to the next meeting.


Next Meeting. The Council shall meet on Friday, May 2, at 11 am.


Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances at regional campuses.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 8 April 2014.

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Minutes 7 March 2014

March 14th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room EDU 161 on USF Tampa.


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


USF Ethics and Integrity Council. Motion made and seconded that the Chapter spend $ 150 for 500 posters for the oncoming campaign. Motion passes. Professor Dorn will propose that some posters be distributed to regional campuses.


Minutes. February 21 minutes approved.


President’s Report.

  • Paul Terry continues to improve.
  • The Grievance Committee is going; there are 11 current grievances plus one more. Discussion of the Council Meeting. Discussion of a DEO case, and general observation: at several places across the state, employees are told to work from home, without infrastructure, prior to termination.
  • A Task Force on revising the UFF USF Constitution and Bylaws has been formed. Call for volunteers.


Committee Reports.

  • Election. We have sufficient nominees for officers and seats, but not all are confirmed. The schedule will be for an open election during March 19 – 30, with results announced promptly and elected candidates assuming offices and seats on April 1.
  • Membership. I will set up another workshop.
  • Grievances. Discussion of ongoing grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the current situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 13 March 2014.

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Council Minutes 7 March 2014

March 14th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Council Meeting was held at 11 am in room EDU 316 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Nine members and one guest.


Report on Paul Terry. Professor Terry continues to improve.


Formation of a Constitutional Revision Committee. A Task Force on the UFF USF Chapter Constitution and Bylaws shall be formed, and shall report at the next Council Meeting.


Other Business.

  • Proposal: the UFF should discuss bills before the legislature.
  • Response: the UFF will experiment with theme meetings this semester, focusing on retirement and other benefits as affected by the legislature. This may include discussion of political actions such as phone calls and email blasts.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 13 March 2014.

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Minutes 21 February 2014

March 2nd, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room B333 on USF Sarasota / Manatee.


Attendance & Introductions. Fifteen members, including six members of the Chapter Council.


Discussion of USF Sarasota / Manatee affairs, and the purpose of ombudsmen.


Minutes of the previous meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. Paul Terry continues to recover. Discussion of grievance proceedings at USFSM. Discussion of a cast at USFSM.


Committee Reports.

  • Elections Committee. The site is open for nominations; deadline March 7.
  • Grievances. Discussion of ongoing cases.
  • Membership. Discussion of the membership campaign.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.

The next Chapter Meeting will be on Friday, March 7, at 12 noon, on USF Tampa, in EDU 316. The Chapter Council will meet on Friday, March 7, at 11 am.


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

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Minutes 7 February 2014

February 9th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 11 am in room COQ on USF St. Petersburg.


Attendance & Introductions. Ten members, including three members of the Chapter Council, and one guest.


Minutes of the previous meeting. Approved.


President’s Report. Paul Terry has informed us that he does not intend to run for the UFF USF Chapter presidency this election. Dr. Wohlmuth’s husband recently died, and that and the growth of the chapter has made it necessary to reorganize the Chapter’s grievance operations. Discussion of upcoming Board of Trustee’s meetings, which are (from the BOT calendar):

  • February 13, 9 am in MSC 3707, the Finance and Audit Workgroup.
  • February 13, 12:30 pm in MSC 3707, the Academic and Campus Environment Workgroup.
  • March 6, 9:30 pm in the MSC Ballroom, a regular meeting.
  • April 24, 8 am in MSC 3700, the Health Workgroup.
  • April 24, 10:30 am in MSC 3700, the Research, Innovation, Engagement and Job Creation Workgroup.
  • May 22, 9 am in MSC 3707, the Finance and Audit Workgroup.
  • May 22, 12:30 pm in MSC 3707, the Academic and Campus Environment Workgroup.
  • June 5, 9:30 am in the USF St. Petersburg Student Center, a regular meeting.


Committee Reports.

  • Elections Committee. The site is open for nominations; deadline March 7.
  • Greivances. The Grievance Committee is getting organized. Discussion of tenure and promotion cases. Discussion of tenure and promotion workshops, likely time would be October.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. In Professor Welker’s absence, the report was made by UFF Executive Director Ed Mitchell. Discussion of the situation.

The next Chapter Meeting will be on Friday, February 21, at 12 noon, on USF Sarasota Manatee, in a room TBD. The Chapter Council will meet on Friday, March 7, at 11 am.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 9 February 2014.

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Minutes 24 January 2014

January 29th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room EDU 316 on USF Tampa.


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


President’s Report. Paul Terry is doing better. Discussion of upcoming grievances.


Election Committee Proposal. We will need a new member of the Committee as Teri Simpson has stepped down. The proposed schedule is as follows:

  • Call for nominations out asap.
  • Deadline for joining UFF USF for participation: February 28.
  • Deadline for nominations: March 7.
  • Letters with codes to be mailed: March 17.
  • Voting: March 20 – 30.
  • Officers and representatives assume their positions: April 1.

The election will be conducted online.

  • Motion to approve the proposed election schedule. Motion passes.


Grievances. The website will have prominent stuff about grievances, with a readily accessible form for emails to be forwarded to the Grievance Committee. The Grievance Committee will organize the process for handling grievances. The union will prominently advertise its Informed Representation Policy that only UFF members are represented by UFF in grievances.


Bargaining. Last week, UFF and USF presented proposals. The meeting for today was cancelled at the last minute by USF, and the two teams are scheduled to meet on Friday, January 31, at 2 pm.


The next Chapter Meeting will be on Friday, February 7, at 11 am, on USF St. Petersburg, in a room TBD.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 28 January 2014.

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Minutes 10 January 2014

January 11th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room MSC 2702 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Seventeen members, including twelve members of the Chapter Council.


President’s Report. Discussion of the Chapter’s position situation.



Chapter Council. The Council met prior to the Chapter meeting. The Council will provide an observer to attend Education Council meetings. The Council may also consider revising the Constitution and Bylaws this summer. The Secretary will schedule a Chapter Meeting in early March.
Reports.

  • Election. The Chair of the Election Committee was out sick; the proposal will be presented at the next Chapter Meeting, on January 24.
  • Workshops. The UFF USF Chapter will be conducting Grievance Workshops on 16 January at 2 pm and 17 January at 10 am. The UFF USF Chapter will also organize a Recruitment Workshop.
  • Grievances. A Grievance Committee is to be organized.
  • Membership.
    • Travel Scholarships. The UFF USF Chapter offered four $ 500 travel scholarships, two for current members who recruited new members, and two for new members.
      • There was only one application from a current UFF member who recruited a new member. So that application, from Valerie Janesick, shall be funded.
        • Motion: that one scholarship be applied to a current member, and the remaining three be distributed at random to applicants among the new members. Motion approved unanimously.
      • There were eight applications from new members. Their names were placed in a hat and selected randomly. The scholarships to be funded are those submitted by Diana Hechavarria, Jennifer O’Brien, and David Rogers.

      Motion: that the scholarship program be repeated during the spring semester. Motion approved unanimously.

    • Motion: that the Chapter shall offer $ 100 rebates to new members who join during the spring semester, said rebates to be made at the beginning of the Fall 2014 term for those members who remain continuously in UFF during that time. Motion passes unanimously.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of bargaining status. The USF proposals are draconian. In addition, surveys show that faculty do not want ADI raises. Discussion of prospects.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 11 January 2014.

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Council Minutes 10 January 2014

January 11th, 2014 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Council


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 10:30 noon in room MSC 2702 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Twelve members.


Duties of the Chapter Council. The Council executes policies of the Chapter.


Observers. The UFF shall entertain requests to send observers to faculty governance bodies to answer questions and provide perceptions. These observers will not be attending as representatives of the UFF.


Next Meeting. The Council shall meet again in early March.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 13 November 2013.

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Minutes 22 November 2013

November 25th, 2013 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room EDU 161 on USF Tampa.


Attendance & Introductions. Thirteen members, including nine members of the Chapter Council, and three guests, from AFSCME and UFF-GAU.


President’s Report. UFF USF Chapter President Paul Terry suffered a stroke on November 18, and UFF USF Vice President is absent, to the meeting was chaired by UFF USF Chief Negotiator Bob Welker.


Reports.

  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Membership. Discussion of travel grants.
  • Communications. Discussion of UFF Biweekly.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of current bargaining.


New Business

  • Motion to elect an Election Committee to propose an election procedure to the Chapter and then, receiving the Chapter’s approval, conducting the election. The election committee shall consist of Katerina Annaraud, Sherman Dorn, Steve Lang, and Teri Simpson. Motion approved.
  • Paul Terry has performed valuable services to the UFF USF Chapter, and the University of South Florida, for many years.
    • The Chapter is deeply moved and wishes him well.
    • The business of the Chapter will continue. Vice President Art Shapiro will serve as acting president for the remainder of his term, with the support of the Executive Committee, the Chapter Council, and the membership.


Discussion of common concerns with AFSCME and UFF GAU.

  • The USF BOT has made several proposals for adjusting sick leave practice; the different unions face different proposals. Discussion of the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • AFSCME expressed its appreciation for the joint meeting.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 25 November 2013.

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