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March 24, 2022

FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

March 24, 2022 (Zoom)

Executive Committee Members Present: Steve Striffler; Lynne Benson; Caroline Coscia; Dana Commesso; Monique Fuguet; Travis Johnston; Linda Liu; Jeff Melnick; Tim Sieber

Others Present: Lorenzo Nencioli (FSU Senior Staff Member); Katie D’Urso, MTA Field Rep; Ann Evans (member); Heather Zaykowski (member); Brian White (member, Ex Com member elect); Tony Vandermeer (member); Kenneth Fletcher (member);

  1. Approve Minutes and Agenda: Motion to approve agenda. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously. Motion to approve draft 3/4/22 Ex Com minutes. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  2. FSU Annual meeting: [CAROLINE SHOWS DRAFT AGENDA; SEE BELOW]. Steve: can we add a line about member preferences/visions for FSU for next year? Caroline: we can add that.

  3. AFR-Community Engagement Issue: Steve provides update on Labor- Management meeting. Reported that Provost was sympathetic to FSU request to move this section in AFR for greater visibility. Provost will fix this.

  4. Bargaining Update: Steve: Close to agreement on implementation. Re RIS, Admin says that fac will be held harmless (i.e. won’t need to pay back course releases; we need to verify). Senior Lecturer III- eligible NTT can apply next year. We argued that 4-3 or 3-3 should apply to NTT of any percentage of time. Admin did not agree to this, though we did not necessarily think this is what we agreed to at the table. Lorenzo: Admin working on guidelines for course load reduction for eligible SLII’s. We are close to done on contract language.

  5. MTA Meeting: Steve: We have 14 delegates (meeting is May 20-21). Need to fill all slots for President election. Caroline: There are some minor bylaws changes. MTA budget will be on Saturday the 21st.

  6. HELU- Linda provides update.
  7. FSU Elections - VP election: Travis: Nominations for VP close on Wednesday.

  8. CLRs: Steve discusses proposal (see below). Motion to approve Fall 22 CLR’s as presented. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  9. Budget (contact FSU for copy of draft budget document): [DRAFT BUDGET SHOWN ON SCREEN]. Monique discusses draft budget. If no dues increase this year, our operating budget will be down 4%. Lorenzo: Our accountant just indicated to us that the expense for employee health insurance should be reduced by about $4K (line item included portion of payment paid by employee). That will result in estimated surplus for all proposed dues rate increases. Caroline: We are proposing new line item for interns. Lorenzo: Our proposed budget reducing JCC arbitration amount to zero does NOT mean we are agreeing to avoid arbitrations. We can find money in budget if arbitration is approved. Travis: I support a $3 increase in FSU dues. Motion to approve budget with $3 dues increase. Motion seconded. Motion approved.



FSU Annual Meeting Proposed Agenda


Past year accomplishments: forums, expanded bargaining, coalition bargaining

Adopt FSU budget

MTA Annual Meeting May 20 and 21st   FSU Delegates

Thank You Tim Seiber


Proposed Fall 22 CLR’s

Caroline Coscia will get floating CLR/stipend for Fall 22.

VP will get floating CLR/stipend (will take stipend) for Fall 22

Trei will get floating CLR/stipend (will take stipend) for Fall 22.

Ellen will get NTT GO CLR for Fall 22.

Laurie will take TT GO CLR in Fall 22.


Spring 23- Contract CLR’s/Stipends

President will get floating CLR/stipend for Spring 23.

Vice President will get floating CLR/stipend for Spring 23.