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November 16, 2022

FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2022 (hybrid: ISC 1-1400 and Zoom)

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

Others Present: Lorenzo Nencioli (FSU Senior Staff Member); Katie D’Urso (MTA rep); Samuel Barkin; Ilaria D’Angelis; Joel Fish


  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve the agenda. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  2. Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve the minutes of the November 4 Executive Committee Meeting. Motion seconded. Motion passes unanimously.

  3. Healey Library Archives Event: Jessica proposes holding an open house for FSU members in University Archives and Special Collections. Open house materials will include FSU records, UMass Boston founding documents, Judge Garrity’s papers on the Boston busing case, Judge Mazzone’s papers on the Boston Harbor cleanup case, and other archival collections that might be of interest for faculty research. Event will be held in February before spring break during one of the Executive Committee’s regular meeting times. We will start planning in January and can use Nuts and Bolts to publicize the event.

  4. Core Bargaining Team: Caroline: The bargaining survey has been sent to the MTA who will format it for us. We will send the survey out to bargaining unit members once we receive the final copy from the MTA. The survey is one of the instruments we use to determine bargaining proposals and gauge where faculty stand on various issues.

  5. Contract Action Team Formation: Jeff: Discussion of populating the Contract Action Team (CAT). We need representation from across campus, not just from CLA. Discussion of the role of the CAT, including research, communications, activism, outreach, and organizing. Discussion of expanded bargaining and the format for this bargaining cycle.

  6. Fair Share Amendment: Katie: The Fair Share Amendment passed and Massachusetts elected a governor who is friendlier to higher education. Discussion of pushing for high salary parameters from Governor-Elect Healey and ensuring that a significant portion of Fair Share funding goes to higher education. There is a statewide petition that is going to all members of higher education campuses in the state. On December 1 from 11:00-12:00, MTA is holding a press conference at the State House and we are looking for 4-5 FSU members to attend.

  7. Academic Reorganization:

    Discussion of the academic reorganization that has been proposed by the Provost, which entails merging Political Science, Economics, and Sociology with the McCormack Graduate School to form a new college. This proposal was ranked thirteenth out of fourteen options by the Academic Reorganization Taskforce and would involve moving approximately 40% of CLA out of that college in order to bolster McCormack, which is losing money. Discussion of governance documents, NTTs concerns, graduate student concerns, mission of departments, personnel reviews, and union issues such as workload and service. Discussion of FSU response, including member communications and impact bargaining.


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