Minutes 8 November 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 261.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, including six members of the Council, and one staff.


Minutes. Minutes of the October 25 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Contract negotiations. The BOT approved the 2019 – 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement on October 28.
  • Consolidation. Discussion of the situation.
  • Currall’s reception. Scheduled for November 21.


New Business.

  • Salary equity across campuses. Discussion.
  • USFSP Benefits Fair. Most attendees were staff.
  • UFF Flags. Flags have been ordered.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of the Library’s progress towards ARL status.


    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 17 November 2019.

Minutes 25 October 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 261.


Attendance. Seven UFF members, including seven members of the Council, and one staff.


Minutes. Minutes of the October 11 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Contract negotiations. The BOT is scheduled to vote on ratification on Monday.
  • Consolidation. Discussion of the situation.
  • Currall’s reception. Scheduled for November 21.


New Business.

  • Salary equity across campuses. Discussion.
  • USFSP Benefits Fair. Most attendees were staff.
  • UFF Flags. We will order flags for events.

Reports.

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


    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 7 November 2019.

Minutes 11 October 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 261.


Attendance. Fourteen UFF members, including ten members of the Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the September 27 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Voting today. Voting will be completed today, the results will be forwarded to the Administration on Monday.
  • Consolidation. Discussion of the situation.
  • Currall’s presentation on Monday. Discussion.


New Business.

  • Benefits Fair at USFSP. UFF and AFSCME will be there.
  • Mandatory Title 9 Training at USFSP. Discussion of confidentiality issues.
  • Chapter Meetings. The Chapter will meet at USFSM on November 22.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion.
  • Treasury. This is the proposed budget for next year:
    ITEM 2018 actual 2019 proposed
    Printing 7900 10000
    Recruiting 5800 8000
    Meetings 4500 5000
    Scholarships 8500 9000
    Travel 1300 2000
    Postage 1900 2500
    Miscellany 420 1000
    Clerical 0 3600
    Total 30120 41100
    Income 43300 45000 (est.)

    Motion to approve the budget approved.


    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 October 2019.

Minutes 27 September 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 261.


Attendance. Sixteen UFF members, including twelve members of the Council, and one staff member.


Minutes. Minutes of the September 13 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • The New Contract. Got 1.5 % base raise plus 0.5 % ADI; Administration also gets authority to use as ADI leftover from the previous contract (altogether about $ 2 million). Bargaining on next contract starts in January.
  • Consolidation. The Chapter believes that in consolidating the University, faculty should have input on the administrative structure and personnel. In addition, salary equity across campuses is a serious issue that must be addressed.
  • Steve Permuth received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.


Old Business.

  • Union events. The tailgate party was on August 30, and approximately 30 people attended.

New Business.

  • Travel. Now that travel expenses are no longer deductible, there is an argument in favor of the Administration increasing funds available for travel.
  • Benefits Fairs. UFF will attend the USFSP benefits fair on OCt. 21. All campuses have benefits fairs, and UFF will seek to attend all of them.

Reports.

  • Grievances. We have a lot of grievances.
  • Membership. Discussion.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 October 2019.

Minutes 13 September 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at Ferg’s in St. Petersburg.


Attendance. Sixteen UFF members, including seven members of the Council, one staff member, and one guest, including nine members of the Council.


Minutes. Minutes of the August 30 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • President Currall presented a proposal for consolidating USF. Discussion of numerous issues: faculty, community, and political reactions.
  • UFF is pursuing reports and grievances of harassment at two USF units. Discussion.
  • Steve Permuth received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.


Old Business.

  • The tailgate party was on August 30, and approximately 30 people attended.

New Business.

  • UFF will attend the USFSP benefits fair. All campuses have benefits fairs, and UFF will seek to attend all of them.
  • We have reports that all campuses will have mandatory Title IX and mandatory sexual harassment traininig.
  • Times and places of chapter meetings are posted in the Events Calendar. At least one location will be moved to USFSM.

Reports.

  • Grievances. We have a lot of grievances.
  • Collective Bargaining. We are discussing options with the Administration.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 26 September 2019.

Minutes 30 August 2018

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon at The Village Inn near USF.


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


Minutes. Minutes of the July 24 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • President Currall met with USFSP faculty. Faculty were concerned about USFSP’ autonomy.
  • MoU on tenure proposed by the Administration.
  • We would like to hold a reception for President Currall.
  • Steve Permuth received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.


Old Business.

  • We will meet in St. Petersburg on September 13.
  • The tailgate party is ready to go this afternoon.

New Business.

  • Discussion of further developments at USFSP: will Marine Science be under USFSP? What will be done about salary equity?
  • UFF will hold T & P workshops this fall.

Reports.

  • Membership. UFF will be at the USFSP Benefits Fair.
    • Motion made and seconded to offer six travel scholarships under the usual conditions this fall. Motion approved.
  • Grievances. Some faculty are afraid of filing grievances.
  • Collective Bargaining. We are discussing options with the Administration.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 12 September 2019.

Minutes 24 July 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. 12 noon at the CDB Restaurant at 3104 E. Fowler Ave.


Minutes. Minutes of the July 12 meeting approved.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, including seven members of the Council, the grievance secretary, and two guests.


President’s Report.

  • Membership. Debra Sinclair has been confirmed as Membership Chair by the Council.
  • Grievance Workshop. The workshop was conducted by Graham Pickelseimer, and was successful.
  • Bullying and Harassment of Women. The problem is severe in a number of units. The Grievance Committee is pursuing the matter along a number of fronts.
  • President Currall. The UFF Executive Committee will seek a meeting with President Currall.

New Business.

  • Consolidation. There are a number of rumors circulating.
  • New Faculty Orientation. This will be on August 12, starting at 11:45 pm, in the MSC Ballroom.
  • Tailgate. UFF has obtained 25 tickets for the USF-Wisconsin game for distribution to UFF members who ask.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. Susan Ariew presented a proposal for an Internal Grievance Policy. The Grievance Committee will now check if it is consistent with UFF bylaws and procedures.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 11 August 2019.

Minutes 12 July 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. 12 noon at the CDB Restaurant at 3104 E. Fowler Ave.


Minutes. Minutes of the June 21 meeting approved.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, including seven members of the Council, the grievance secretary, and three guests.


President’s Report.

  • Instructor Promotion. Prospects for Instructor Promotion Guidelines.
  • President Currall. President Currall has visited all campuses.
  • Rays Game. UFF sponsored an event at the Rays game.

New Business.

  • Request for a survey on bullying and harassment of women. Discussion.
  • Consolidation. It is not clear if the Legislature, the BoG, USF, and SACS are on the same page about what a “branch campus” is.
  • Summer Activities.
    • The New Faculty Orientation is on Monday, August 12, and UFF will have a table at the Exposition from 11:30 am to 1:15.
    • UFF is sponsoring a Tailgate Party at the August 30 game between the USF Bulls and the Wisconsin Badgers.
      • Motion made and seconded that the Organizer of the Tailgate Party shall purchase twenty tickets for new faculty and UFF members, to be provided to those who ask on a first come, first serve basis. Motion approved.
  • Chapter meetings. July 26 will be the last chapter meeting of the summer, to be at CDB Restaurant at noon.
    • Motion made and seconded that this fall the Chapter shall meet at noon on August 30, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, and December 6. Motion approved. The Secretary shall make arrangements accordingly.

Reports.

  • Collective Bargaining. Discussion of items for bargaining.
  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 14 July 2019.

Minutes 21 June 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. 12 noon at the CDB Restaurant at 3104 E. Fowler Ave.


Minutes. Minutes of the JUne 7 meeting approved.


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


President’s Report.

  • Recognition of President Genshaft. The UFF reception for President Genshaft was successful and attended by approximately 25 people. UFF will hold a welcoming reception for President Currall in fall.
  • Tenure & Promotion for Consolidated USF. Motion made and seconded to approve the revised guidelines. Motion passed unanimously.
  • Sexual Harassment and Bullying. The Administration has agreed to training for administrators.

New Business.

  • Constitution & Bylaws. The newly amended constitution and bylaws are posted and in force.

Reports.

  • Collective Bargaining. Discussion of items for bargaining.
  • Grievances. Discussion of a potential grievance.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 24 June 2019.