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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


The Point: DIY and the Cypher


Greetings, Colleagues!

As we move into our third week of classes, I hope you are healthy and finding ways to be engaged with your students, your faculty and staff colleagues, and your own scholarly and community-based work. 

My title for this week is likely going to be a little puzzling to some of you but I promise to explain it in just a minute.  It was inspired by the growing body of comments I’ve encountered since semester began that basically boil down to: “we’re not really back to normal are we?” 

Faculty Vaccine Compliance


Dear FSU Members,

AFR Workshop follow up


Dear NTT Faculty, 

Monday afternoon was a workshop on completing your AFR.  When we sent you the email with the event details, we included a zoom link and said we would be recording the workshop. 

Get Involved with the Higher Ed Labor United Coalition


Dear FSU members,

At the first FSU Executive Committee meeting of the semester, Ex Com voted to endorse the Vision Platform statement of the nation-wide coalition, Higher Ed Labor United (HELU).   This makes FSU one of 84 union locals in over 30 states (representing over 400,000 higher ed workers) to have joined this coalition.

FSU needs TT Grievance Officer


Dear Tenure Track Colleagues,

The FSU is looking for a tenure track member to fill an opening on the FSU Grievance Committee.   Below is a job description.   There are two TT grievance officers. Each receives one paid course release per academic year.  You can expect to work on grievance matters a few hours a week on average (approximately 3-4  per week during the academic year) -- some weeks more, some weeks less.  It is very important and rewarding work!

The Point: (the Remix)


Sorry to come at you again but I realized that I advertently left one of our newest members, Professor Sana Haroon--who really does deserve an email of her own--off our first blast. Major Monday-morning apologies.

Jeff Melnick

American Studies Department

Communications Director, Faculty Staff Union Executive Committee

Greetings, Colleagues!

Safety and Covid – Week Two


Dear FSU Members,

We hope your first week of classes was productive and safe.    Several quick things:

Get Tested for Covid right on campus:  The university is not requiring Covid testing of the campus community – the kind of testing that would allow us to be better on top of any increases in Covid cases.  However, testing is available, and we encourage faculty/librarians to call the UHS testing hotline at 617-287-4355 to request a regular/weekly COVID-19 test.  The more of us who get tested the better.

The Point: Meet the ExCom!


Greetings, Colleagues!

So, first things very much first: I hope you and your loved ones are all well, in body and mind.  It has sure been a time.  I also truly hope you managed to do something restorative, inspiring, and just plain fun this summer.

Today – FSU Friday Forum and Report Unsafe Conditions


Please join us today (3:30-4:30pm) for a Week One Check-In: (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

Reminder: NTT Workshop on AFRs September 13th


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.  


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