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See below for an archive of articles published in the FSU newsletter through 2015.

Monitoring the Impact of 2:2

By John Hess, English


The pilot conversion in the College of Liberal Arts to move all tenure-track and tenured faculty in CLA onto a standard 2-2 teaching schedule began this semester, and, with your help, the Faculty Staff Union (FSU) will be carefully monitoring the effects of the conversion on all faculty, including non tenure track. While the implementation of the new policy is likely to have a major impact, the Dean’s Office has indicated that no official monitoring is planned.

Parental Leave On and Off the Tenure Track

By Amy Todd, Anthropology


On January 7th, Mark Schafer and Marjorie Salvodon brought three-year-old Marie-Carmel home from Haiti.  Mark, a lecturer in Latin American and Iberian Studies, has taken the Spring semester off from teaching so that he and Marjorie, a tenured professor at Suffolk, can focus on parenting. “When I think of my situation, I feel such gratitude toward the Union,” Mark says. “There is no substitute for having this time to work on building the relationship; this is the beginning of becoming a family.”

Health Insurance Changes Could Hit Faculty Hard

By Jennifer Berkshire, FSU Newsletter Editor


The Haitian Teachers Strike: Fighting Back in a Time of Cholera

By Al Leisinger, Mathematics, NTT Grievance Officer


In November, more than 25,000 people demonstrated across Haiti as part of a national teachers strike. Demands of the strike included:

• A minimum salary for teachers and the payment of all back salary due to teachers

• An increase in the number of public schools throughout the country so that all Haitian children can go to school free of charge

• A vaccination campaign against cholera to be conducted in every school and university in order to eradicate cholera from Haiti

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education

By John Hess, English


The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, which held its second national meeting at UMass Boston in November 2011, will be holding its fifth national meeting in Columbus, Ohio, May 15-17.   The CFHE has been very active since the 2011 meeting here and continues to grow. 


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