Archive for January, 2010

Minutes January 22, 2010

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting

There were fifteen people in attendance, including ten of the Chapter Council, insufficient for a quorum of the Council.

Agenda & Minutes.
The Agenda and the minutes for January 8 were approved.

Scheduling of meetings.
Possible meeting days for the Chapter were discussed.

  • Motion made and seconded to hold Chapter meetings at noon. Motion approved.

The following schedule was determined: the Chapter will meet at Tampa on February 5 and 19, March 5 and 26, April 9 and 23, and May 21. The Chapter will meet at St. Petersburg on March 19 and at Polytech on May 7. Locations TBA.

Report on MOU ratification.
The MOU was ratified by 94 % of the voting members of the UFF Bargaining Unit, and by the BOT, with one negative vote. Discussion of Polytech’s non-involvement in the retirement plan.

Blackboard and lecture-capture survey.
Discussion of Blackboard upgrade and resulting support problems.

USF has entered into a 30-year contract with INTO to recruit and provide preliminary English language instruction to foreign students. We will seek information on the contract and the arrangements.

David Caton, Oracle, academic freedom in teaching.
Discussion of recent controversy over a course in Queer Studies.

  • Motion made and seconded that the Communications Chair compose a draft of a letter on Academic Freedom, with reference to the Queer Studies course controversy, to be vetted by members of the fac-activism list, and once approved, to be submitted to The Oracle. Motion passes 6-4.


  • Grievances. Outstanding cases were discussed.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of the Administration’s proposed language for Article 13.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Communications Committee will broadcast some kind of special alert regarding the posting of a Bargaining Page. Motion passed.

These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on January 24, 2010.


Draft chapter meeting agenda, January 22

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Draft agenda, chapter meeting, January 22
Noon, SOC 384, Tampa campus

  1. Minutes of last meeting
  2. Scheduling of meetings
  3. Report on MOU ratification
  4. Blackboard and lecture-capture survey
  5. David Caton, Oracle, academic freedom in teaching
  6. Reports
  7. New business
  8. For the good of the order

Bargaining update page

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Chapter Secretary Greg McColm has created a bargaining-update page for the chapter, collecting proposals laid on the table starting with the first collective bargaining session of 2010.


MOU Ratification news

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

UFF finished its ratification vote this week, and the overwhelming majority of ballots cast were in favor of ratification. The Board of Trustees meets Thursday, January 21, for its ratification vote.


Minutes January 8, 2010

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting

There were seventeen people in attendance, including thirteen of the Chapter Council, making a quorum of the Council.

Agenda & Minutes.
The Agenda and the minutes for December 4 were approved.

Chapter Elections.
The Election Committee proposed the following schedule:

  • Nominations open effective immediately, close on February 12
  • Ballot materials preparation, completed February 19
  • Ballot mail-out February 22
  • Last day for ballots to be received March 24
  • Ballot counting March 26

It is noted that this presumes that the Chapter will meet on the Fridays February 19 and March 26.

  • Schedule approved.

Chapter Meetings.
The schedule of chapter meetings this semester is to be determined.

  • Motion made and seconded: that the meetings shall occur on alternate Fridays. Motion tabled to January 22.
  • Motion made and seconded: that motions be written down, with makers and seconds noted. Motion fails.

Chapter Council Meeting.
The Chapter Council is to approve chairs and members of standing committees.

  • Motion made and seconded by council members, noting the presence of a quorum of the council, that the council meet today. Content of motion approved by the President.

UFF Senate Meeting.
The UFF Senate will meet in Orlando over the February 13, 14 weekend.

Grievance Committee Report.
Grievance moratorium in effect.

Treasurer’s Report.
The Chapter is paying out new member refunds. The President notes that as the Chapter now has over 400 members, there will be 16 UFF Senate seats.

Discussion of Bargaining items.

  • Motion made and seconded: that the USF Administration proposal for Article 13 be sent to the Bargaining Unit. Motion passes unanimously.
  • Motion made and seconded: of approbation for the excellent work that Bob Welker has performed up to this time as Chief Negotiator. Motion passes unanimously.

Communication Chair’s Report.
Communications still being overhauled.

Recess into meeting as a Chapter Council.
The Chapter Council held an open meeting, and reports the approval of the following chairs of standing committees:

  • Bargaining Committee: Mark Klisch
  • Communications Committee: Greg McColm
  • Grievance Committee: Mark Klisch
  • Political Action Committee: Bob Welker
  • Service Committee: Paul Terry

These appointments are for terms ending the first Chapter meeting at or after April 1. The Chapter Council will meet again jointly with the Chapter on January 22.

Good of the Order.
Discussion of the situation of contingent faculty.

These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on January 9, 2010.


Q&A on Memorandum of Understanding

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

See the ratification page for information on both the Memorandum of Understanding and all sorts of ways to ask questions. Below are the questions submitted to the anonymous question-asking site for the chapter. Last update: 6:45 pm, January 2. There are currently two questions in the anonymous queue we are waiting for administration answers on.

Are those currently in phased retirement eligible for the retirement incentive plan?

The administration has told us that those currently in phased retirement are not eligible for the retirement incentive.

Can I sign up for the retirement incentive program and also use phased retirement?

We haven’t asked the administration this specific question, but given the certainty of a separation date and the “no guarantee of future employment” item, the answer is almost certainly no: you’d have to choose between the retirement incentive program and phased retirement.

What if a large number of colleagues in my department take up the offer? Will I be left covering an enormous load?

The draft program guidelines gives the university the right to defer retirement/separation in the program for up to a year, and the university would probably stagger retirements in such a situation to enable a smoother transition.

Why isn’t USF Polytechnic listed as a participant in the retirement incentive program?

The Memorandum of Understanding gives discretion to the university over this type of detail, and the central USF administration decided that each unit with a separate line in the state budget would make its own choices about participating at all and setting aside money.

Can the administration pick and choose who it accepts for the retirement incentive program?

The draft policy makes clear that on each participating campus, it will be the timestamp of application submission that divides those accepting the package from those who are not accepted.

So, more or less, the university is offering a 12-month equivalent salary plus $5K. What it doesn’t say is what retirement dates are allowable—are all of you contemplating the end of this year or can this be agreed up now for a future date?

What the administration has talked about are the end of spring, summer, or fall 2010. It’s the specific dates that aren’t yet set by the admin, but it’ll be in May, early August, or late December. The individual faculty member or professional employee in the faculty salary plan would choose among those options.

Where and when will applications be available?

Eligible employees will be receiving all the official information very shortly after ratification is completed, if the Memorandum of Understanding is ratified. If you receive the packet, with an application, you’ll have it for a few weeks before a very short time window in which to submit it (a few business days). We have heard that submissions will be accepted either in person or electronically.

Does this calculation include the $5000, or is it this amount and an additional $5000?

The $5000 sum is on top of the annualized salary.

If 9 month faculty receive 1.22 of their salary plus $5000, what do 12 month faculty get? It would be grossly unfair to 12-month faculty if they got 1.0 of their salary plus $5000.

Salary would be annualized — converted to a 12-month equivalent. 9 month faculty would receive 133% of salary plus $5000. 12-month faculty would receive 109% (81.8% times 133%–the first converts the 12-month back to the 9-month by the contract conversion formula) plus $5000. This is a formula (and a decision) within the administration’s discretion. The program is voluntary; faculty who think that the program does not benefit them do not have to sign up for it.


Draft agenda, January 8 chapter meeting

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Draft agenda, UFFUSF chapter meeting
January 8, 12-1:30 pm, SOC 384

  1. MOU ratification
    1. Q&A
    2. Opening of voting for 12-2 slot
    3. Distribution of materials to polling volunteers (thank you, volunteers!)
  2. Future scheduling
    1. Chapter elections
    2. Regular chapter meetings in February (please head to meeting times input page if you have not yet!)
    3. Chapter council (Greg coordinating)
    4. UFF Senate meeting
  3. Reports
    1. Grievances
    2. Treasurer
    3. Bargaining
    4. Communications
    5. President’s report
  4. New business
  5. For the good of the order