USF-UFF Chapter Meeting

Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon on Zoom.

Attendance. Fifteen members, including ten members of the Council, two guests.

Minutes. 27 March 2020 minutes approved.

President’s Report.

  • Election. The following were the results of the election. 88 ballots were received, but one was unusable. The tallies were:
    • For the elective offices:
      • For president: 83 votes for Arthur Shapiro.
      • For vice president: 85 votes for Steve Lang.
      • For secretary: 83 votes for Greg McColm.
      • For treasurer: 83 votes for Sonia Wohlmuth.
    • For the delegation to the FEA Assembly:
      • 78 votes for Richard Manning
      • 78 votes for Greg McColm
      • 74 votes for Steve Permuth
      • 78 votes for Arthur Shapiro
    • For the UFF Senate (and Chapter Council):
      • 77 votes for Karin Braunsberger
      • 71 votes for Leon Hardy
      • 78 votes for Steve Lang
      • 77 votes for Richard Manning
      • 78 votes for Greg McColm
      • 77 votes for Cynthia Patterson
      • 75 votes for Vic Peppard
      • 73 votes for Steve Permuth
      • 74 votes for Debra Sinclair
      • 78 votes for Sandra Stone
      • 72 votes for Bob Welker
      • 77 votes for Sonia Wohlmuth

    Officers and representatives assume their positions immediately.

    USF was allocated ten seats at the Assembly, so the President and the Council must now fill six vacancies. In addition, USF was allocated twenty seats at the Senate, so as the President also serves ex officio, the President an the Council must now fill seven vacancies.

  • Consolidation. The USFSP Administration is adhering to its position that the default teaching load shall be 3/3. Discussion of administrative and managerial problems at USFSP.
  • Tenure Clock. The tenure clock has been pushed back one year.
  • Bargaining Survey. Discussion of survey results.
  • Networking and Mutual Aid. Many faculty need assistance, and UFF should construct a platform to access aid. Issues that faculty face include: going online, a possible tsunami of Incompletes this semester, contract violations as July approaches, assignment violations as August approaches, etc. If we are to use social media, we must start with a platform or platforms (we already have a website, a Twitter account, and a Facebook group). We will need a system that will facilitate person-to-person contacts.
  • Adrienne Berarducci. Professor Berarducci served as a senator, a member of the Bargaining Team, and as Membership Chair. She passed on after a long illness.

New Business.

  • The Chapter Council. The new Chapter Council should be convened shortly. It must vote on the nomination of a new Grievance Chair, on filling vacancies in representative seats, and appointments to committees.
  • Faculty Evaluations. Faculty may be given the choice to decide whether student evaluations this semester will be used in their annual teaching evaluation.


  • Grievances. Discussion of outstanding grievances.
  • Treasury. We are solvent.
  • Publicity.
    • Motion made and seconded to allocate $ 2,000 for the redesign of the UFF USF website, to be done by USF students. Motion passes.

    These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 10 April 2020.