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.

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 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 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 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.