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November 1, 2019

FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2019

Ex Com Members Present: Marlene Kim; Jessica Holden; Joseph Brown; Caroline Coscia; Jeff Melnick; Monique Fuguet; Joe Ramsey; Tracy Brown; Emilio Sauri; Tim Sieber; Sylvia Mignon; Meghan Kallman

Others Present: Lorenzo Nencioli, FSU Membership Coordinator; Katie D’Urso, MTA Consultant

  1. Approval of the agenda: Motion to amend agenda: switch #6 (JWJ) with #11 (Faculty of Color), move #15 (bargaining summit report to #7). Motion to approve agenda as amended seconded. Motion passes.
  2. Approval of the minutes: Motion to approve 10/18/19 Ex Com minutes. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.
  3. Uncollectable dues approval: Motion to approve uncollectible list of unpaid union dues for FY20. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously. (Contact FSU office for list).
  4. Elections timeline and replacing ex com members:  Discussion of proposed timeline, need for recruitment strategy for applications for Ex Com slots, need for better recruitment material, need to ask chairs to help spread info. Jeff Melnick agrees to work on such materials. Discussion of recruiting NTT who do not have continuing appointments. Motion to approve proposed election timeline (see below). Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously. Discussion of special election plans to replace Ellen (NTT, already resigned) and Sylvia (Tenured, to resign as of Spring 20) and whether or not to appoint previous candidates or hold special elections. Motion to approve Elections Committee recommendation to hold special elections to replace Ellen Frank (NTT) and Sylvia Mignon (Tenured) at same time as normally held elections in Spring, with winners of both special elections to take office immediately upon completion of the elections. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
  5. Faculty of Color: Discussion of progress/responses to Faculty of Color (FOC) report, particularly anti-racism training, discussions between Marlene Kim and Chancellor on recommendations, and statistical data on many issues on UMB racial profile. Agreement by the ex com to be presented with the data analysis. 


Discussion of MTA racial justice training workshops for all UMB unions, plans to hold them soon. Noted that FOC report focuses on need for these trainings for administrators and senior faculty. Discussion of idea of raising these issues in bargaining, idea of holding a meeting for FOC/FOC issues re bargaining. Jeff Melnick, Meghan Kallman, Tim Sieber agree to contact FOC members for possible proposals re racial justice issues for bargaining and send to bargaining team.

   6. Report on Bargaining summit:  Discussion of expanded bargaining – bargaining team core representatives and other representatives October MTA bargaining summit.

   7. FSU bargaining CLRs and support team: Motion to approve the following course releases and stipends for Spring 20. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously: Marlene Kim           will take a CLR per Article 5.9(A). The CLR will be taken during Spring 2020.

Caroline Coscia will take a CLR per Article 5.9(A). The CLR will be taken during Spring 2020.

Laurie Milliken will take a CLR per Article 5.8. The CLR will be taken during Spring 2020.

Tony Van Der Meerwill take the $3,000 stipend per Article 5.6

Maria Mellone will take a CLR per Article 5.6. The CLR will be taken during Spring 2020.

Jason Rodriquez will take a CLR per Article 5.6. The CLR will be taken during Spring 2020.

Motion to appoint Marlene Kim and Monique Fuguet to FSU bargaining support committee. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously.

   8. Discussions at ex com meetings: Discussion of whether Ex Com meetings still had to include only action items and motions or whether giving reports and having general discussions is okay with this               executive committee.  Agreement that discussions and reports are okay. 

   9. Travel software and other information from LM meetings: Report that new software for reimbursement for travel is not mandatory but members are receiving instructions during the trainings for this                   software that using this software is mandatory to be reimbursed.  

Report on dorm employees and their employment status (by university or other) of workers there .

Parking passes: Keep your passes. An email will go out regarding the option to turn in multipark passes by mid-January 2021 and be reimbursed.

Motion to adjourn. Motion seconded, Motion approved unanimously.

FSU Executive Committee Election Schedule for Spring 2020



2020 Dates

FSU Executive Committee

  • Inform those members whose term expires Spring 2020.


Monday, December 2nd   

Election Announcement

  • Email to membership with Election Overview document 


December 2nd to 9th   

Nomination Announcement[1]

  • Email to membership with election schedule and general election information.


January 13th to 28th   

Nomination Period

  • The Nomination form is made available.
  • Email sent to all members no later than 9AM January 29th

Two weeks

Friday, January 31st  9AM EST  to


Friday, Feb 14th  5PM EST

Nominating Committee Review


One week

Monday, Feb 17th EST to


Weds, Feb 20th EST


Slate of Candidates Distributed

  • Email to membership announcing those running for office.



Thursday, Feb 20th  9AM EST



Two Weeks

Thurs, Feb 20th  9AM EST to


Friday, March 6th   9AM EST

Candidate Forum


Wednesday, March 4th   



One Week, include a weekend

Friday, March 6th 9AM EST to


Friday, March 13th 9AM EDT

Election Committee

  • Count the ballots

One day

Friday, March 13th between 9AM and 1PM EDT


Election Results Announced


Friday, March 13th 1PM to 5PM EDT


Note:  Classes begin January 27, 2020. Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 20th. Presidents’ Day (university holiday) is Monday, Feb. 17th.  Spring Break begins Sunday, March 15th

[1] The FSU may also include the election information when the welcome to the semester email is sent to members.