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The Faculty Staff Union of UMass Boston

Welcome to the FSU Site. Here you will find important information about our union, including the contract, a list of officers and  Executive Committee members, the FSU office telephone number and our address. You will also find information about current issues.   Please be sure to check the site regularly for the most recent issues facing our unit. We also have provided links to related sites that   you may find useful for union issues and for professional activities.

Caroline Coscia, President


Parking Passes


Dear FSU members,

You no doubt saw the university's latest email regarding parking today, stating that you must apply for your semester parking pass by tomorrow (September 1st) or the pass will not activate before the September 7th start of classes. The email also states that if you apply for your pass after September 1st, your pass may take four days to activate and you will have to pay the daily rate for parking in the meantime. 

NTT workshop on AFRs


Dear NTT faculty, 

Our Annual Faculty Review (AFR) is due on Monday, September 20th.   For some completing the AFR is old hat, for others a new or relatively new experience.   

To assist and provide insight into the AFR process, the FSU is holding a workshop on Monday, September 13th from 3:30PM to 4:30PM in ISC 1-1400. 


Why you should complete an AFR 

Overview of what happens once you submit your AFR 

Review of AFR sections 




Washington Post Opinion – from FSU member


Dear FSU Members,

We write to share a poignant Opinion piece on the “war on drugs” that just appeared in the Washington Post from one of our members and colleagues, Professor Tony Van Der Meer.

FSU - Important Update and Action


Dear FSU Members, 

Yesterday the FSU held a Forum on safety and the campus Fall opening that was attended by about 90 members.  The meeting was clarifying on a number of levels, but perhaps most simply in the consensus that the university is not doing enough to protect the campus (and wider) community as we return in the midst of the ongoing challenge posed by Delta.  

Tomorrow’s FSU Forum – Guest…Format Change


Dear FSU Members,

A slight/recent change in format.   Rob Pomales, the Executive Director of University Health Services, will be joining the first half of our meeting tomorrow, from 9:00 to 9:45.  He will address concerns around campus density, tracing, and vaccines.  The second half from 9:45 to 10:30 will be an open meeting for FSU members to discuss safety issues and paths forward for faculty and librarians.

 (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

FSU Forum on Fall Opening – Wednesday 9am


Dear FSU Members,

You have probably seen the Chancellor’s memo containing the university’s “Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policies & Guidelines.”  We have already received emails from members noting that although the policies/guidelines address some issues, the memo falls short in a number of areas – including some of the concerns outlined in this FSU statement that over 90% of faculty supported (out of over 400 polled).

FSU Statement on Minimum Health and Safety Procedures for Return to Campus


FSU Statement on Minimum Health and Safety Procedures for Return to Campus

FSU Survey/Vote Results and Vaccine Mandate


Dear FSU Members,

A quick update on possible vaccine mandate and two recent FSU surveys.

Vaccine mandate:  The FSU has been in discussions with the Administration about a vaccine requirement for all faculty and librarians.  We expect the policy will be announced this week. 

Urgent Survey-Vote on FSU Statement on Fall Opening


Dear FSU Members,

Please go to the following link/survey to approve (or not) the below statement, which was approved by the FSU Executive Committee, endorsed by the Department Chairs Union, and written by a group of faculty who attended the FSU Forum on August 10th.  This statement will be given to the Administration in order to promote a safer Fall campus opening.  Additional information on vaccine mandate, accommodations to teach remote, remote teaching survey results, etc…will follow soon.


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