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Bargaining Invite – Wednesday, May 12 – 1-3pm


Dear FSU Members,

We invite you – as members of the FSU bargaining team – to our next bargaining session on Wednesday, May 12th, 1-3pm.  (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for registration information).

We are permitted to have 30 FSU members join the core bargaining team during contract negotiations.   We are hoping to fill the zoom room on May 12th in order to insist (or at least encourage!) the Administration to bargain in a way that moves the conversation forward.   They have not been doing this in a productive way as of late – and need a push.

We anticipate receiving a statement from the Administration explaining why the use of Associate Lecturers has expanded so rapidly in recent years (this is in response to our Associate Lecturer proposal which would limit the usage of this rank).  Although the category of Associate Lecturer was created to be used relatively sparingly in order to fill short-term staffing needs, it has become almost the only way in which new NTT faculty are hired at the university – giving the Administration great flexibility while creating an expanding class of faculty with little security and poor pay. 

We also expect to receive Admin’s proposal on Distance Learning.  In addition, we anticipate submitting proposals of our own.

If you haven’t joined the FSU in bargaining before – please consider doing so.   It’s both interesting and enlightening!


Core Bargaining Team

Caroline Coscia, Senior Lecturer II, Political Science, FSU Vice President

Katie D’Urso, MTA Field Representative

Jessica Holden, Librarian III, Healey Library

Maria Mellone, Non-Reappointed (i.e., laid off) Associate Lecturer, Math

Alex Mueller, Associate Professor, English

Lorenzo Nencioli, FSU Membership Coordinator

Jason Rodriquez, Associate Professor, Sociology

Heike Schotten, Associate Professor, Political Science

Steve Striffler, Director of the Labor Resource Center and Professor, Anthropology, FSU President

Tony Vandermeer, Senior Lecturer II, Africana Studies

For information on the FSU, links to our contract and bargaining updates, and a calendar of events, see the FSU webpage