Minutes 18 November 2016

November 26th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


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


Minutes. Minutes from November 4 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Salary Increases. The raises should appear in the next paycheck.
  • Membership. Ms. Cleary and Ms. Cockrell will continue their work next semester.
  • Elections. Sara Dykins will chair the Election Committee, which is scheduled to be approved on November 30.
  • The National Election. The AFT sent the Chapter a query on the impact of the national election on faculty and students.

Old Business.

  • Holiday Party on November 30. We estimate twenty attendees.

New Business.

  • College of Education. Discussion.

Committee Reports

  • Membership. The Chapter will host several events this spring. Discussion of venues. The winners of the raffle at the last Benefits Fair at USFSP are Camielle Crampsie, Sheila Goethe, Lia Marivaki, and We Guan.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


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

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Minutes 4 November 2016

November 6th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Sarasota / Manatee in B 224.


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


Minutes. Minutes from October 21 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Bargaining. We have a three-year contract.
  • Calendar. At the October 21 meeting, the December 2 meeting was rescheduled for December 1. However, there will be a Toy Drive party on November 30.
    • Motion made and seconded to cancel the December 1 meeting. Motion approved.


Good of the Order. Discussion of this meeting at USFSM.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 6 November 2016.

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Minutes 21 October 2016

October 29th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 257. S. Wohlmuth took notes in the absence of G. McColm.


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


Minutes. Minutes from October 7 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Membership. Discussion of the campaign. GAU has had considerable success, and the Chapter will reimburse USF GAU 50 % for soirees.
  • Ratification. The contract was signed today.
  • Calendar. The last chapter meeting was rescheduled for December 1. However, the travel scholarship recipients will be selected on December 2 and the party will be on November 30.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding issues.
  • Instructor Survey. The survey will be announced to instructors by postcards.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 29 October 2016.

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Council Minute 23 October 2016

October 23rd, 2016 by greg


The Council approved the appointment of Joy D’Andrea to the Communications Committee.

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Minutes 7 October 2016

October 8th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in NES 103. (Comment. Tampa Bay was then under Tropical Storm Watch because of Hurricane Matthew.)


Attendance & Introductions. Seven members, including six members of the Council, and five guests.


Minutes. Minutes from September 23 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Ratification. The 415 valid ballots for ratification were counted on September 30 at noon in EDU 257. There were 409 votes in favor and six against.
  • Calendar. The next meeting will be on October 21 in EDU 257. Since the FEA Delegate Assembly will be meeting in Orlando that day, some members of the Executive Committee and the Council will be absent. After that, we meet on November 4 at USF Sarasota / Manatee in B224, then on November 18 in EDU 257. We will try to do something special on December 2, e.g. in the Marshall Center.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Membership. Regarding the December 2 meeting, we will announce a toy drive, toys to be collected at the December 2 meeting. The toys will be delivered to the CLC on December 6.
    • Motionmade and seconded that the Chapter will distribute by lot two $ 50 gift cards at the December 2 Chapter meeting, but that members of the Executive Committee shall not be eligible. Motion approved.

Old Business.

  • Instructor Survey. The survey will be announced to instructors by postcards.
    • Motion made and seconded to send cards to instructors announcing the survey. Motion passes.

New Business.

  • Election. Discussion of election activities.
    • Motion made and seconded to send the Organize Now flyer on meeting City Council and State Attorney candidates to UFF USF members. Motion approved.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 8 October 2016.

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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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