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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Minutes 13 May 2016

May 15th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance & Introductions. Seventeen members, including fourteen members of the Council, and two guests.


22 April 2016 Minutes. Approved.


New Business.

  • Membership. Introducing Tony Floriani and Megan Flocken, who will be helping with the summer organizing project.
  • Non-renewals. There has been a plague of non-renewals, and the Chapter will seek information on what is going on.

Time did not permit further review of the Membership Report.


President;s Report

  • USFP Department of ESPG. There is an ongoing grievance. Discussion.
  • Union office. The university is out of space, but promises new space when it opens up.


Reports

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Membership. There will be a Membership Committee meeting next Tuesday at noon at CDB Restaurant.
  • Tenure & Promotion. No workshops scheduled for this summer.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 15 May 2016.

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Minutes 22 April 2016

May 1st, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 314.


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


Membership Report. The Chapter continued its review of the Membership Report. The President appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to conduct surveys of instructors and professionals and report back to the Chapter.


Reports

  • Grievances. Presentation on Article 18 on Inventions and Works.
  • Travel Scholarships. There were 29 applications, and the following recipients were selected by lot: Michael Berson, Jason Lazarus, Rasim Guldiken, Amanda Huensch, Sara Dykins, and Mark Hafen.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the situation.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 1 May 2016.

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Minutes 8 April 2016

April 8th, 2016 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12:00 pm on USF Tampa in EDU 314.


Attendance & Introductions. Fifteen members, including thirteen members of the council.


Minutes of 25 March 2016 Meeting. Approved.


President’s Report

  • The membership campaign. Staff support is problematic, and President Shapiro is asking FEA for support.
  • UFF’s new office. We have been moved into a tiny room, and are requesting more space.
  • USFSP Environmental Studies Program. Discussion.
  • Evaluation of the deans. Discussion.


Old Business

  • Travel Scholarships. The deadline for submissions is April 21. There are currently 13 submissions, and more are expected. Six will be selected by lot for $ 500 each. Discussion of possible modifications for next round.


New Business
The Chapter went over the ad hoc report on membership. The Chapter made three decisions:

  • The Chapter shall spend more time reviewing the report and composing plans for improving the Chapter. In particular, the theme of the April 22 Chapter Meeting will be the Communications component of the report.
  • The April 22 meeting shall be experimental, and we will try two innovations. First, the theme subject, the Communications component of the membership report, will be the first item of business (after introductions and approval of the minutes of the current meeting). Second, the meeting will be conducted in EDU 314 on USF Tampa and a room TBD on USF St. Petersburg, over an audio-visual connection.
  • The Chapter will continue to explore the report. In addition, the Chapter Council will meet on Friday, May 13, to consider the report.


Reports

  • Grievances. A presentation of Article 11 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on annual evaluations.
  • Membership. The state office of UFF has proposed an early membership alternative. Discussion.


The results of the election shall be reported to Tallahassee and to the Council by April 15. These are the results:

  • The elected officers: President Art Shapiro, Vice President Steve Lang, Secretary Greg McColm, Treasurer Sonia Wohlmuth.
  • The UFF senators: President Shapiro serves ex officio. The following fifteen candidates were elected outright: Karin Braunsberger, Pablo Brescia, Barnali Dixon, Cecil Greek, Steve Lang, Mariam Manzur Leiva, Greg McColm, Deanna Michael, Adriana Novoa, Steve Permuth, Patricia Pettijohn, Frank Pyrtle III, Bob Welker, Rick Wilber, Sonia Wohlmuth. There remained seven (write-in) candidates tied, and the tie was broken by lot. The four additional senators are Adrienne Berarducci, Sara Dykins Callahan, Tina Malone, and Vic Peppard. The three alternates are, in order of rank by lot, Candace Burns, Andrew Berish, and Scott Perry.
  • The FEA delegates: The following six candidates were elected outright: Steve Lang, Mariam Manzur Leiva, Greg McColm, Deanna Michael, Steve Permuth, and Art Shapiro. There remained four (write-in) candidates tied, but Sheila Goethe elected to serve as an alternate, so the three-way tie was broken by lot. The seventh delegate is Adrienne Berarducci, and the remaining alternates are Candace Burns and E. J. Ford.


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

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