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 July 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.

Minutes 7 June 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Minutes. Minutes of the May 24 meeting approved.


Attendance. Eight UFF members, the grievance secretary, and two guests.


President’s Report.

  • BoT Meeting. Met incoming President Currall.
  • Recognition of President Genshaft. The UFF reception for President Genshaft is being planned for June 18 from 4:30-6:30 at Top of the Palms. The reception is being organized by Debbie Sinclair, Art Shapiro, Ed Mitchell, and Carol DiDomenico, who will be receiving RSVPs.


    New Business


    One hundred ballots on the referenda to amend the UFF USF Constitution and Bylaws were received by the deadline, and they were tallied. These are the results:

    • Shall Article IV, Section 2 of the UFF USF Constitution be changed as follows?

      Nominations shall be closed and all nomination materials shall be due by February 28. The elected officers and Senators representatives shall be elected annually on or before March 21 31, and shall take office on the following April 1.

      Results: 99 in favor, one opposed. A two-thirds majority of votes cast being in favor, the Constitution is so amended.

    • Shall Article II, Section I of the UFF USF Bylaws be changed as follows?

      Standing Committees shall be:

      1. Bargaining Committee
      2. Grievance Committee
      3. Services Membership Committee
      4. Communications Committee
      5. Political Action Government Relations Committee

      Results: 98 in favor, two opposed. A majority of votes cast being in favor, the Bylaws are amended.

    • Shall Article IV, Section 6 of the UFF USF Bylaws be changed as follows?

      The Political Action Government Relations Committee shall cooperate, upon the approval of the chapter at a chapter meeting, with the State UFF in lobbying, endorsing candidates, and raising contributions. The Chairperson of the Political Action Government Relations Committee shall be the an official nominee to the State UFF Political Action-Legislative Committee and West Central Florida Central Labor Council unless otherwise determined by the President and/or Chapter Council.

      Results: 98 in favor, two opposed. A majority of votes cast being in favor, the Bylaws are amended.

    • Shall Article V of the UFF USF Bylaws be changed as follows?

      Before the end of the fall semester of each academic year, the chapter shall elect an Elections a Nominations and Election Committee (which is not a standing committee) of union members to design an election process, subject to the advice and consent of the chapter; solicit nominations for office and representative positions; conduct the election; and report the results. Members of the Elections Nominations and Election Committee shall be barred from running for executive office, and all candidates for executive offices in contested races shall be barred from canvassing or counting ballots.

      Results: 98 in favor, two opposed. A majority of votes cast being in favor, the Bylaws are amended.

    The Secretary shall post the Constitution and Bylaws as so amended.


    Reports.

    • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances, of which there are a lot.
    • Collective Bargaining. Discussion.


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

Minutes 24 May 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Minutes. Minutes of the April 26 meeting approved.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, the grievance secretary, and one guest.


President’s Report.

  • Recognition of President Genshaft. The UFF reception for President Genshaft is being planned for June 18 from 4:30-6:30 at Top of the Palms. The reception is being organized by Debbie Sinclair, Art Shapiro, Ed Mitchell, and Carol DiDomenico, who will be receiving RSVPs.


Reports.

  • Collective Bargaining. A new contract is supposed to be in place in August.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 31 May 2019.

Minutes 10 May 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


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


Minutes. Minutes of the April 12 meeting approved.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, the new grievance secretary, and one guest.


President’s Report.

  • The USF Budget. The USF Budget still seems to be in flux and it still isn’t clear who is getting what. It appears that there will be reductions ($$ 5 million, St. Pete possibly receiving $ 3.5 million).
  • Recognition of President Genshaft. The UFF reception for President Genshaft is being planned for June 18 from 4:30-6:30 at Top of the Palms. The group voted to invite all UFF members and perhaps extend the invitation to non-members. RSVPs will be needed so planners can figure out how much food and beverages to order. Committee volunteers are needed for this event.
  • Tenure and Promotion. UFF Input into the T & P document. Steve Lang has been representing UFF interests, but UFF participation has been minimal. Revisions included:
    • Removal of construct of collegiality from T & P guidelines.
    • Removal of voluntary agreement to cede faculty right to see all T & P documents.
    • T&P revision is still in process but getting close.
    • It has to be agreed upon by UFF or it will take a year to implement it.
    • T&P will eventually need to come to the bargaining table in that the union needs to agree to changes to T & P.
  • USFSP. Concern expressed by the BOT and others about conditions at the St. Pete campus..
  • Halftime visiting instructors. Recommendation to Drs. Smith and Garey that half time instructors be considered as members of the bargaining unit.
  • A New Grievance Coordinator. The USF UFF Chapter now has a secretary to coordinate grievances, Carol Didomenico. Her duties include:
    1. Organizing grievances as they come in.
    2. Keeping abreast of all deadlines.
    3. Informing Grievance Committee Chair and members of all deadlines.
    4. Creating a spreadsheet and making weekly reports to Grievance Chair and Committee.
    5. Keep track of hours @ $ 20.00/hour.
    6. Other duties as needed.
  • Grievance Workshop. Discussion about scheduling a workshop on the grievance process included an invitation to Graham Pickelsheimer to lead it on May 31 or sometime between June 10-14.

New Business.

  • Consolidation. Consolidation and issues on the campuses.
  • “Branch Campuses”. The group would like clarification about what naming the St. Pete campus as a “branch campus” means..
  • Summer activities. Here is a comparison between the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2018 between the travel scholarship announcement and the travel scholarship deadline:
    1. Party at Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 1st, a night game against the White Sox. Cecil Greek is organizing it. The members voted to pay for 35 entry tickets. Participants will be able to buy food on their own. This needs to be publicized ASAP.
    2. Tailgate at USF/Wisconsin game on August 30. Steve Lang is organizing this and the group supported it.


Old Business.

  • Calendar of Meetings. Establish a calendar for the summer and the fall. Dates include June 10, 24, July 12, 26. Do we meet at St. Pete and Sarasota on some of these dates? Fall calendar will be taken up at the next meeting on May 24.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 23 May 2019 from notes kindly provided by Susan Ariew.

Minutes 19 April 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on Tampa in EDU317.


Minutes. Minutes of the April 5 meeting approved.


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


President’s Report.

  • On the Chapter Election. We have sufficient number of senators, but are short two delegates. Article V of the UFF USF Constitution provides for filling vacant delegate seats – absent alternates, the UFF USF Chapter President shall nominate delegates, to be confirmed by the Chapter Council – but does not provide for creating alternates.
  • The 2019 – 2020 term of the Faculty Senate. We are informed that Tim Boaz shall be president during the coming academic year.
  • Recognition of President Genshaft. The UFF USF Chapter shall host a social recognizing President Genshaft.
  • Tenure & Promotion. At the System Faculty Council meeting on April 18, reference to collegiality was removed, and there is no reference to candidates waiving their rights to know the names of referees. The document is now with Academic Affairs, which has expressed an interest in language concerning learning outcomes.
  • Legislature. We are informed that the Florida Legislature is unhappy with higher education because of UCF’s use of funds towards buildings.

New Business.

  • Consolidation. Discussion of the situation at USF St. Petersburg. The committee requires new members; there will be a training session set up soon.
  • Committee on Faculty Success. The UFF USF Chapter President recommends Steve Permuth.
  • Travel Scholarships. Here is a comparison between the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2018 between the travel scholarship announcement and the travel scholarship deadline:

    Spring 2018 Spring 2019
    # applicants 37 21
    # new members 16 8
    # membership forms on travel flyers 7 0
    # travel flyers 2 0

    The recipients this semester are, in order: Adriana Novoa, Peter Funke, Gil Ben-Herut, Bill Haley, Elisabeth Fraser, and Cecil Greek. The alternates are, in order: Sharon L. Segrest, Shun-Yung Kevin Wang, and Lisa Starks.

  • Calendar. During the summer, the UFF USF Chapter shall meet at noon at CDB Restaurant in Temple Terrace on May 10 & 24, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, and possibly August 2. The Chapter may meet at a regional campus this summer.


Reports.

  • Grievances. The Chapter is seeking secretarial support. There are many outstanding grievances.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 21 April 2019.

Minutes 5 April 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Sarasota / Manatee in A 203A.


Minutes. Minutes of the March 22 meeting approved.


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


President’s Report.

  • On the Chapter Election. At the previous chapter meeting, it was resolved that the Chapter shall conduct a referendum on the proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws:
    • Motion made and seconded that the referendum shall be conducted by snailmail ballot. Motion approved.
  • Discussion of the president-elect.

New Business.

  • Consolidation. USF St. Petersburg and revision of the Tenure & Promotion Guidelines were major issues.


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

Minutes 22 March 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 317.


Minutes. Minutes of the March 8 meeting approved.


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


President’s Report.

  • In the absence of the President, the meeting was chaired by the Vice President.
  • Consolidation. USF St. Petersburg and revision of the Tenure & Promotion Guidelines were major issues.

New Business.

  • Chapter Election. These are the results of the chapter election:
    • Turnout.
      • As of Thursday, March 21, 67 ballots were received.
      • Of these, 57 were received as of the March 19 deadline.
      • Of these, 54 had signatures and names that could be identified from the roster.
    • Results from Executive races. The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, (appointed) chief negotiator, and (appointed) grievance chair make up the Executive Committee.
      • For president, Shapiro with 51 votes.
      • For vice president, Lang with 34 votes versus Novoa with 17 votes.
      • For secretary, McColm with 49 votes.
      • For treasurer, Wohlmuth with 50 votes.
    • Results for the FEA Assembly, for which there are seven open seats. (Remaining vacant seats are to be filled by the incoming Chapter Council.)
      • Braunsberger, 44 votes.
      • Lang, 44 votes.
      • Manning, 48 votes.
      • McColm, 49 votes.
      • Shapiro, 47 votes.
    • Results for the UFF Senate, for which there are nineteen open seats (the chapter president serves ex officio). After the nineteen, the remaining candidates are elected senate alternates. The senators, alternates, and committee chairs together form the Chapter Council.
      • Ariew, 38 votes.
      • Berarducci, 35 votes.
      • Boggess, 33 votes.
      • Braunsberger, 39 votes.
      • Brescia, 30 votes.
      • Burns, 32 votes.
      • Greek, 33 votes.
      • Hardy, 27 votes.
      • Lang, 41 votes.
      • Lewis, 34 votes.
      • Liontas, 23 votes.
      • Manning, 37 votes.
      • McColm, 45 votes.
      • Novoa, 26 votes.
      • Peppard, 40 votes.
      • Permuth, 45 votes.
      • Pettijohn, 35 votes.
      • Pyrtle, 30 votes.
      • Sinclair, 29 votes.
      • Welker, 34 votes.
      • Wohlmuth, 42 votes.
    • Officers and representatives assume their offices and seats on April 1.
  • Amendments. The following constitutional and bylaws amendments were approved for a referendum. The current Constitution and Bylaws are to be amended as follows. Amendments to the Constitution require 2/3 support of the UFF members voting, while amendments to the Bylaws require majority support of the UFF members voting. The Chapter shall inquire from the state office whether an electronic referendum is permitted; if not, a paper referendum shall be conducted.
    • An amendment to the Constitution. Article IV, Section 2 of the UFF USF Constitution shall be changed as follows (strikeout means deleted, underlined means added):

      Nominations shall be closed and all nomination materials shall be due by February 28. The elected officers and Senators representatives shall be elected annually on or before March 21 31, and shall take office on the following April 1.

      Rationale: It takes several weeks to collect the necessary nominations, which results in a very short window to return ballots. The UFF requires that new officers and representatives be elected by April 1, and their own deadline is a day or so before that, so we can follow suit.

    • Amendment to the Bylaws. Article II, Section I of the UFF USF Bylaws shall be changed as follows (strikeout means deleted, underlined means added):

      Standing Committees shall be:

      1. Bargaining Committee
      2. Grievance Committee
      3. Services Membership Committee
      4. Communications Committee
      5. Political Action Government Relations Committee

      Rationale: The UFF has requested that government relations committees not be entitled “Political Action Committees” as UFF has one PAC and the chapter’s committee is not it. In addition, the Services Committee’s duties are recruitment and organizing, and the usual title of such a body is “Membership Committee.”

    • Amendment to the Bylaws. Article IV, Section 6 of the UFF USF Bylaws shall be changed as follows (strikeout means deleted, underlined means added):

      The Political Action Government Relations Committee shall cooperate, upon the approval of the chapter at a chapter meeting, with the State UFF in lobbying, endorsing candidates, and raising contributions. The Chairperson of the Political Action Government Relations Committee shall be the a official nominee to the State UFF Political Action-Legislative Committee and West Central Florida Central Labor Council unless otherwise determined by the President and/or Chapter Council.

      Rationale: Chapters do not nominate members of the UFF Legislative Committees, and the Chapter can have several members on the CLC – depending on density.

    • Amendment to the Bylaws. Article V of the UFF USF Bylaws shall be changed as follows (strikeout means deleted, underlined means added):

      Before the end of the fall semester of each academic year, the chapter shall elect an Elections Nominations and Election Committee (which is not a standing committee) of union members to design an election process, subject to the advice and consent of the chapter; solicit nominations for office and representative positions; conduct the election; and report the results. Members of the Elections Nominations and Election Committee shall be barred from running for executive office, and all candidates for executive offices in contested races shall be barred from canvassing or counting ballots.

      Rationale: The duties of this committee includes soliciting nominations, and this duty should be stressed.

Reports.

  • Grievance Committee. Reports on the situation in USFSP.
  • Membership. The Committee will organize an event in April.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Government Relations. USF Tallahassee has expressed concerns about HB 839.
  • Tenure and Promotion. We may organize a workshop in USF Sarasota / Manatee the morning of April 5.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 22 March 2019; amended 14 April 2019.

Minutes 8 March 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 317.


Minutes. Minutes of the February 22 meeting approved.


Attendance. Twelve UFF members, including nine members of the Council.


President’s Report.

  • March 5 BOT Meeting. President Shapiro spoke at the March 5 BOT meeting prior to the consolidation action item. UFF had repeatedly reached out to the Administration and the Board to get involved in Consolidation, but got no response.

New Business.

  • Consolidation. There seems to be confusion in the public debate about what a “branch” campus is. There are also several concerns about USFSP, particularly including USFSP’s numbers in the metrics, and how USFSP faculty will be treated in the consolidated system.
  • CAS. There seems to be something afoot about changing the College of Arts and Sciences during the Consolidation effort.
  • Tenure and Promotion. Steve Lang reported on the consolidation of tenure and promotion guidelines.


Reports.

  • Government Relations. Discussion of a meeting with State Senator Tom Lee’s aide. Discussion of current political trends.
  • Grievances. Discussion of trends in disciplinary actions. Discussion of Sexual Harassment Training.
  • Membership. Discussion.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.


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

Minutes 22 February 2019

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 317.


Minutes. Minutes of the February 8 meeting approved.


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


President’s Report.

  • Chapter Election. Chapter and statewide elections are underway.
  • Consolidation. Discussion of the future of CAS.
  • UFF Senate Meeting on February 17 & 18. Discussion.

New Business.

  • Government Relations. Discussion of meetings with three local legislators. A meeting with the fourth one is planned
  • Recognition of President Genshaft upon retirement. Arrangements are being made.
  • White Supremacy Flyers on Campus. Discussion.


      Reports.

      • Grievances. Tenure candidates are getting mixed signals from the Administration. Discussion of other cases.
      • Collective Bargaining. Discussion.


      These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 5 March 2019.