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FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes January 31, 2023 (Zoom)

FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes January 31, 2023 (Zoom)

Executive Committee Members Present: Caroline Coscia (President); Jeff Melnick (Vice President); Chris Barcelos; Lynne Benson; Dana Commesso; Monique Fuguet; Sana Haroon; Linda Liu; Brian White; Jose Martinez- Reyes

Others Present: Lorenzo Nencioli (FSU Senior Staff Member); Andrew Elder (FSU Member); Katie D’Urso (MTA rep); Travis Johnston (FSU Member)

  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve the agenda as amended (removal of archives event item; addition of workshop agenda item). Motion to approve as amended seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  2.Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve draft Executive Committee minutes of the December 14th, 2022 meeting. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  3.  Core Bargaining Team/Bargaining survey results: Discussion of parameters, expanded bargaining, raise ideas, etc. It was noted that the CBT is starting to get proposals ready and that parameters should be out by March (earlier than usual). We hope to bargain right after March 1st.

   4. Contract Action Team: Noted that we have had a few volunteers, including Steve Striffler. Might have a few Librarians interested. Still looking for additional volunteers.

   5. Grievance Committee: Noted that Ellen Frank is resigning her position since she will be on CBT. GC has decided that they don’t need to fill position. Her stipend was $1,200. Noted that FSU could opt to not spend it or perhaps reallocate it.

Discussion of GC workload and whether or not reduced workload for GC will be ongoing or temporary.

Motion to approve splitting the $1,200 between Jessica Holden and Monique Fuguet for their roles as Clerk and Treasurer respectively. Motion seconded.

Discussion of motion.

Friendly amendment to motion: give $500 each as one time service award, keep $200 for FSU savings. Friendly amendment accepted.

Motion passes (1 abstention).

   6. Elections Committee: Noted that the nomination deadline is 2/13. The Elections Committee will send two blast email reminders. Noted that there is a need for more members on Elections Committee. If Dana or Lynne run for Ex Com, they will have to recuse themselves from Elections Committee.

   7. Labor- Management Meeting Update: NTT retirement- update given (Admin is working on gathering information). Teaching modalities- there is nothing about remote learning in contract but there are many modalities listed on Registar’s, other UMB department websites. Will discuss at next L-M. Ross Center- hope to meet with them to discuss issues of concern from faculty member re allowing a recording to be kept.  GPD’s- update given (continual discussion with Admin on nature of work, summer assignments, etc).

  8. Personnel Trainings (4th Year Review, Tenure, Professor): Noted that typically, FSU has had had a rep there. Caroline will ask Ex Com members if any can attend.

  9. FSU Forums: Discussion of possible topics for Spring 23 Forums. Agreed to hold Forum later this semester on Faculty of Color issues and retention. Agreed to hold Forum on academic freedom related to restrictions recently passed in Florida.

  10. FSU Annual Meeting: Agreed to have meeting on April 25th at 3:30.

  11. Higher Education Funding: Noted that FSU needs more members to sign the MTA’s economic parameters petition. Katie will bring hard copies to the FSU on Thursday. Signatures need to be in by 2/28. 2/28 is also Higher Ed Advocacy Day. Busses will be going to and from UMB.

  12. Monday Communications: Discussion of The Point for this Monday. Jeff indicated he would like to write about mental health issue in light of UMB student who was killed by police.

  13. Bylaw and Policy Committee: DID NOT DISCUSS.

Motion to go into Executive Session. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously. EXECUTIVE SESSION