USF-UFF Chapter Meeting

Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in room MSC 2702 on USF Tampa.

Attendance & Introductions. Seventeen members, including twelve members of the Chapter Council.

President’s Report. Discussion of the Chapter’s position situation.

Chapter Council. The Council met prior to the Chapter meeting. The Council will provide an observer to attend Education Council meetings. The Council may also consider revising the Constitution and Bylaws this summer. The Secretary will schedule a Chapter Meeting in early March.

  • Election. The Chair of the Election Committee was out sick; the proposal will be presented at the next Chapter Meeting, on January 24.
  • Workshops. The UFF USF Chapter will be conducting Grievance Workshops on 16 January at 2 pm and 17 January at 10 am. The UFF USF Chapter will also organize a Recruitment Workshop.
  • Grievances. A Grievance Committee is to be organized.
  • Membership.
    • Travel Scholarships. The UFF USF Chapter offered four $ 500 travel scholarships, two for current members who recruited new members, and two for new members.
      • There was only one application from a current UFF member who recruited a new member. So that application, from Valerie Janesick, shall be funded.
        • Motion: that one scholarship be applied to a current member, and the remaining three be distributed at random to applicants among the new members. Motion approved unanimously.
      • There were eight applications from new members. Their names were placed in a hat and selected randomly. The scholarships to be funded are those submitted by Diana Hechavarria, Jennifer O’Brien, and David Rogers.

      Motion: that the scholarship program be repeated during the spring semester. Motion approved unanimously.

    • Motion: that the Chapter shall offer $ 100 rebates to new members who join during the spring semester, said rebates to be made at the beginning of the Fall 2014 term for those members who remain continuously in UFF during that time. Motion passes unanimously.
  • Bargaining. Discussion of bargaining status. The USF proposals are draconian. In addition, surveys show that faculty do not want ADI raises. Discussion of prospects.

These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 11 January 2014.