Minutes 12 January 2018

January 14th, 2018 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in at CDB Restaurant in Tamp.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including six members of the Council, and two guests.


Minutes. Minutes for December 1 are approved.


President’s Report.

  • UFF Governance. UFF President Liz Davenport is leaving FAMU, and has resigned as UFF President.

Old Business.

  • Election. The Proposal of the Election Committee is approved, with the modification that ballots will be due on March 20 and counted on March 21.
    • Motion made and seconded that one travel scholarship shall be awarded by lot to an eligible UFF member who votes in this election


New Business.

  • Calendar. We will meet on January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, and April 6 & 20, the last meeting in the MSC Sabal Room. The February 9 & 23 meetings will be at USFSP and USFSM.
  • SEIU. PERC has denied USF’s appeal, and the USF adjuncts will now have an election to determine if they will be represented by SEIU.

Reports.

  • Membership. The Membership Committee will coordinate with the Election Committee.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter shall offer five travel scholarships per rules of the last few cycles, to be awarded in Summer or Fall.
  • Communications. The Biweekly will call for members to report accomplishments to be reported in the Biweekly.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Grievances. There are lots of grievances outstanding, and tenure & promotion season is coming up.
  • Collective Bargaining. Planning for bargaining.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 14 January 2018.

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Minutes 1 December 2017

December 11th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance. Twelve UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes for November 17 are approved.


President’s Report.

  • Calendar. We will meet on January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, and April 6 & 20, preferably in MSC, depending on availability.
  • Consultation with the Provost. Discussion.

New Business.

  • Chapter Election. The Chapter election will be conducted by an Election Committee, which shall propose an election process at the January 12 Chapter Meeting. Adrienne Berarducci shall be chair of the committee.
  • Travel Scholarships. There were 33 applications, and the following recipients were selected by lot: Michael Berson, Iraida Carrion, Jennifer Collins, Sara Flory, Michelle Hughes Miller, and Nathan Johnson. The following alternates were selected by lot, in order: Sarah Van Ingen, Christelle Bouchard, Jean-Francois Biasse.

Old Business.

  • USFSP. Discussion.
  • Promotion and Tenure Workshops. Discussion.
  • Faculty-Authored Texts. Discussion.
  • Faculty Handbook. Discussion.

Reports.

  • Membership. There will be a campaign in spring.
  • Grievances. The precise definition of the Bargaining Unit is an issue.
  • Communications. The website will be revisited in spring.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 11 December 2017.

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Minutes 17 November 2017

November 24th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including six members of the Council.


Minutes. Minutes for November 3 are approved.


President’s Report.

  • Holiday Social on November 28. There will be a Holiday Social in the Sabal Room by the Top of the Palms on November 28. There will be gifts for UFF members who bring non-members.
  • Informal Consultation with Academic Affairs. Discussion of the situation at USFSP.

New Business.

  • Membership. We will need to organize a Membership Committee.
  • Chapter Election. An Election Committee shall be chosen at the December 1 Chapter Meeting.

Old Business.

  • Texts authored by faculty. One major issue is textbook affordability.
  • Holiday Party. There will be a luncheon at the Top of the Palms on Tuesday, November 28.

Reports.

  • Grievances. There was a grievance training at USFSP last week, and another is scheduled for December 1 on USF Tampa from 10 am to 12 pm in EDU 161. Discussion of outstanding issues
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 24 November 2017.

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Minutes 3 November 2017

November 5th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including eight members of the Council.


Minutes. Minutes for October 6 and October 20 are approved.


President’s Report.

  • SEIU. PERC’s hearing officer recommended approval of SEIU’s petition for an election for adjuncts.

New Business.

  • UFF Senate Meeting. The UFF Senate Meeting was on Oc.t 21 – 22.

Old Business.

  • Texts authored by faculty. There is now a USFT committee looking into the use of books authored by the instructor.
  • Holiday Party. There will be a luncheon at the Top of the Palms on Tuesday, November 28.

Reports.

  • Grievances. There are a lot of ongoing and potential grievances. Discussion.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. CAS is considering extending the tenure probationary period.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 5 November 2017.

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Minutes 20 October 2017

October 30th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held in B226 in USF Sarasota / Manatee.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including five members of the Council, and two guests.


President’s Report.

  • Facilitating Achievement of Pre-eminence. UFF and the Administration worked together on achieving one of the benchmarks for pre-eminence.
  • SEIU. PERC’s hearing officer recommended approval of SEIU’s petition for an election for adjuncts.

New Business.

  • UFF Senate Meeting. The UFF Senate Meeting is on Oc.t 21 – 22, and there will be a number of amendments to the constitution and bylaws.
  • Situation at USFSP. Discussion of the Administrative situation.

Old Business.

  • Texts authored by faculty. USFSM is working on a policy regarding faculty who use texts that they wrote themselves.

Reports.

  • Grievances. UFF has grievance representatives at each campus.
  • Membership. There will be a holiday luncheon on Tuesday, November 30.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Collective Bargaining. Bargaining will commence next fall.

Good of the Order.
We are grateful to Scott Perry for making local arrangments.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 30 October 2017.

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Minutes 6 October 2017

October 22nd, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held in USC 258 in USF St. Petersburg.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the Sept. 22 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • UFF Senate Meeting. The Chapter will cover hotel bills for UFF members attending the UFF Senate Meeting.
  • UFF and USF Pre-eminence. At the USF Tampa Faculty Senate Meeting, President Genshaft recognized President Shapiro, who complimented her and Provost Wilcox and Dr. Smith and Dr. Glover for working together on facilitating the achievement.
  • Benefits Fairs. Motion made and seconded to pay for a table at the Oct. 18 Benefits Fair on USFSP campus.
  • UFF Senate Meeting. The UFF Senate Meeting is on Oc.t 21 – 22, and there will be a number of amendments to the constitution and bylaws.

New Business.

  • Situation at USFSP. Discussion of the Administrative situation.

Reports.

  • Grievances. It is not clear if USF will defend a faculty member who is sued for reporting a Title IX violation on the job. UFF will defend a UFF member in that situation.
  • Treasurer’s Report. The following budget was presented for approval:

    Items Expenditures 2016 Proposed 2017
    Printing 19,000 19,000
    Chapter & Committee Meetings 8,000 6,000
    Mileage reimbursements 1,600 3,500
    Travel scholarships 6,500 9,000
    Postal services 320 1,500
    Office Supplies 160 -
    Web / Survey Monkey 362 -
    Office Move 320 -
    Website and social media * 2,000
    Miscellaneous 200 ?
    Recruitment (personnel) - 10,000
    Recruitment (events) - 6,000
    TOTAL 36,462 57,000

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

Good of the Order.
Karin Braunsberger is organizing a Womens’ Caucus within but independent of USF.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 22 October 2017.

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Minutes 22 September 2017

October 5th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held in EDU 161 in USF Tampa.


Attendance. Eleven UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the August 25 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • UFF Senate Meeting. The Chapter will cover hotel bills for UFF members attending the UFF Senate Meeting.
  • Kudo. Bob Welker recognized for contributing to USF COB for 41 years.
  • UFF and USF Pre-eminence. At the USF Tampa Faculty Senate Meeting, President Genshaft recognized President Shapiro, who complimented her and Provost Wilcox and Dr. Smith and Dr. Glover for working together on facilitating the achievement.
  • Benefits Fairs. Discussion of possible participation.
  • USFSP. Discussion of latest developments.

Old Business.

  • October Meeting Dates. The Chapter will meet on USF SP on October 6 and on USF SM on October 20.
  • Travel Scholarships. The Chapter will offer six travel scholarships under the usual rules, with a new proviso: Motion made and seconded that three ranked substitute candidates be chosen so that if up to three selected candidates cannot accept the scholarship, their place(s) will be taken by substitute(s). Motion approved.

New Business.

  • Discussion of the upcoming Senate meeting.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 5 October 2017.

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Minutes 25 August 2017

August 27th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including eight members of the Council, and three guests.


Minutes. Minutes from the August 11 meeting approved.


President’s Report and Business. Discussion of New Faculty Orientation.
Old Business.

  • ROAD. Different administrators are saying different things.

New Business.

  • Calendar. The Chapter will meet on September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, and December 1. The meetings in October will be on USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota / Manatee, and the others on USF Tampa in a room to be reserved.
  • Biweekly. The Biweekly will launch a Kudos section for major awards and accomplishments of UFF members. The standards will be high.
  • Professors requiring their own textbooks. Discussion of policy for textbook approval for individual courses, and how the policy impacts faculty who assign textbooks that they themselves wrote.

Reports.

  • Grievances. There a number of assignment grievances.
  • Membership. Discussion of events.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Facebook. We have 65 members.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 27 August 2017.

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Minutes 11 August 2017

August 12th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at CDB Restaurant just east of USF Tampa.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one guest.


Minutes. Minutes from the June 16 and 30 meetings approved.


President’s Report and Business. Two items from other unions.

  • New Faculty Orientation. Fewer attendees than previous years. Discussion of Benefits Fair in October.

Old Business.

  • Faculty Forward. UFF Executive Committee members met with SEIU on the adjunct campaign. UFF’s position remains that the adjuncts should have the opportunity to decide whether to organize.
  • ROAD. USF is having difficulties with its software.

New Business.

  • Raises. The pay period for this year’s raises starts on September 8.
  • Calendar. The UFF Chapter Meetings this semester will be on August 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, and December 1. The August 25 meeting will be at Perkins Restaurant, and the other meetings will be in a room TBD on USF Tampa, although two meetings mid-semester will be on USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota / Manatee at locations TBD.
  • Travel Scholarships. The six recipients are Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, LaSonya Moore, Thomas Pluckhahn, Amy Thompson, Roxanne Watson, and Joo Yeon Woo. Just in case a recipient is unable or unwilling to accept a scholarship, two seconds were chosen: Steve Permuth and Nicole Tracy-Ventura.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of grievances at USF St. Petersburg and elsewhere; there seem to be a number of assignment-related grievances.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of plans.
  • Tenure and Promotion workshops. There will be one this fall.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 12 August 2017.

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Minutes 28 July 2017

July 29th, 2017 by greg

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg. In the absence of the President, Vice President Steve Lang presided.


Attendance. Eleven UFF members, including five members of the Council, and four guests.


President’s Report.

  • Tenure & Promotion. There will be a workshop in early fall.

New Business.

  • University Governance at USFSP. At USFSP, there is a question of what a “unit head” is. Discussion of administrative procedures at USFSP.
  • University Governance at USFT. Discussion of status of Faculty Handbook.
  • Legal Issues at USFSP. There is a case in Marine Science and another on USFSP campus.
  • Community Outreach. Discussion of ways to bring academic enrichment to the public.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of a technical issue in CBA.
  • GAU Discussion of the new GAU-UFF contract, and reorganization of GAU.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 29 July 2017.

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