Time and place. This meeting was conducted at 12 noon on Zoom.

Nineteen members, including eleven members of the Council.

Minutes. Minutes for the December 17 meeting were approved.

President’s Report & Essential Issues.

  • Letter to President Law on Covid-19 precautions. President Law responded, and we will post her response.
  • Faculty Success effort. President Shapiro will write a letter to the Provost asking for faculty involvement in developing the effort.
  • UFF Senate. The senate will meet on February 19 – 20, and the Chapter Council will meet in advance.
  • Critical Race Theory. We are watching the situation in Tallahassee.
  • UFF history. There is an effort to compose a history of UFF.
  • Covid-19. Should we have a townhall on Covid-19? Discussion. (See resumption of townhall discussion below.)

New Business.

  • Chapter meetings.
    • Motion made and seconded that chapter meetings shall be online this semester. Motion approved.
  • Situation at USFSM and USFSP. There are a lot of duplicative meetings occuring.


  • Collective Bargaining. Meeting prior to classes proposed and cancelled. We will organize a townhall on bargaining on February 11 at 4 pm (see discussion of a townhall on Covid-19 above).
  • Grievance Committee. Discussion.
  • Government Relations. The committee is seeking volunteers. The committee will communicate with the community via social media. There are two bills before the Legislature to “ban” critical race theory in colleges and universities.
  • USF Sarasota / Manatee. Discussion of online programs.
  • USF St. Petersburg. Discussion of online programs.
  • Membership. The committee will review the professional scholarship program. The committee is seeking a new fellow and hoping for more volunteers.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter shall offer $500 to six new members who agree to be a member for at least one year. [Added subsequent to the meeting: the mechanism shall be clarified at the January 28 chapter meeting.]
  • Publicity. The website shall be reviewed for revisions.

    These minutes were respectfully submitted on 15 January 2022, and revised 25 January 2022.