Minutes 14 February 2020

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa in SOC128.


Attendance. Ten UFF members, including seven members of the Council, one staff member.


President’s Report.

  • Consolidation. Discussion of recent developments.
  • UFF Senate Meeting. Discussion.
  • Grievance Chair search. Discussion.


New Business.

  • Chapter Meetings. Discussion of possibility of videoconferencing to help faculty at other campuses to participate.
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter shall subscribe to Zoom. Motion passes.
  • Compression / Inversion of salaries. The Chapter will study the issue; the Chapter will purchase a copy of the next OSU survey when it becomes available on April.
  • Chapter Meetings. We will set dates for meetings at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota / Manatee later this semester.
  • Tenure and Promotion Workshops. We will wait until the tenure and promotion situation is clarified.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of grievances with positive outcomes. There is evidence that Letters of Counsel are being abused.
  • Collective Bargaining. Status of Bargaining Survey.


These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 19 February 2020.

Minutes 17 January 2020

USF-UFF Chapter Meeting


Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on USF Tampa at the Village Inn in the USF Tampa area.


Attendance. Nine UFF members, including seven members of the Council, one staff member, and two guests.


Minutes. Minutes of the December 7 meeting approved.


President’s Report.

  • Consolidation. Discussion of flowcharts being circulated. Discussion of tenure and promotion.
  • Susan Ariew. Recovering.
  • Steve Permut. Recovering.
  • Consolidation. Discussion of likely developments.
  • Susan Ariew. Recovering.
  • Membership Campaign. Discussion.


New Business.

  • At-Risk Training. Initialization sequence asked for race, sex, and opinions, which was a violation of federal law, and was fixed.
  • Election Proposal. Nominations will be due on February 28, and ballots due on March 27.
  • Job Codes. A committee is composing new job codes and new titles, and this will require adjusting terms and codes enumerated in Appendix A of the CBA; however, this will not affect the status of any in-unit employee. Discussion.
  • Staff. AFSCME bargaining underway. Discussion.

Reports.

  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances and past grievances.
  • Collective Bargaining. In preparation for bargaining:
    • Motion made and seconded that the Chapter conduct a bargaining survey. Motion approved.


    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 18 January 2020.

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 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 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 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.