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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


Announcing the 2021 FSU Executive Committee Candidates


Dear FSU Member,

The FSU Elections Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 slate of candidates for positions on the FSU Executive Committee. Positions up for election this cycle include: Vice President, Tenured Faculty, Pre-Tenure Faculty, and Non-Tenure Track Faculty.

The attached document includes the candidates for each position along with their 150-word statements.

FSU Candidates Forum is Wednesday, March 3, 3:00PM – 4:00PM via Zoom

FSU Executive Committee Meeting TODAY, 2-3:30


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee will be TODAY Wednesday from 2-3:30 pm.

These meetings are open to all members. (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

Bargaining RES Funds – An Invitation!


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU and Administration bargained during winter break over a possible re-structuring of the RES funds.  Please join us to continue this discussion in our next bargaining session on Wednesday, February 24th from 1 to 3pm. Register in advance for this webinar  (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).


Core Bargaining Team

Caroline Coscia, Senior Lecturer II, Political Science, FSU Vice President

Nomination Period Open for FSU Spring 2021 Elections- Deadline extended to Tues 2/16/21


Dear Members,

The election nomination period for Faculty Staff Union (FSU) Executive Committee positions has been extended until Tuesday, 2/16 (please note that the document titled 2021 Election Announcement still indicates the previous deadline).

The positions up for election or re-election in Spring 2021 include:

Vice President

Non-Tenure Track (2 positions)

Pre-Tenure (1 position)

Tenured (3 positions)

The Point: The Water’s Great!


Greetings, Colleagues:

I am feeling pretty confident that this will be the easiest edition of The Point that I will ever write.

No, I’m not resigning!

FSU Executive Committee Meeting TODAY, 2-3:30


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee will be TODAY Friday from 2-3:30 pm.

These meetings are open to all members.   (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

New UMB Sexual Harassment Policy


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Sexual Harassment Committee and the Administration have reached agreement on a new sexual harassment policy (see MOU 6 of the contract for the relevant language regarding the charge of that committee). That policy can be seen here.

A few important points need to be mentioned about this new policy:

Wednesday Bargaining Invite: RES Funds, Part II


Dear FSU Members,

As part of the FSU’s commitment to expanded bargaining (see the FSU policy here), we invite you – as members of the FSU bargaining team – to our next bargaining session this Wednesday – February 3rd from 1-3pm.

We expect Admin to present a proposal regarding RES Funds.

Please register in advance for this webinar:  (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).


The Point: Zombie University


Greetings, Colleagues:

Happy New Year!  I hope the break brought you some peace and some time to regroup after what I know was, for so many of us, a truly challenging semester.  I also know that there are some (good) reasons to feel like perhaps we can exhale a bit, perhaps let go of some of the adaptive vigilance we have had to don like armor for the past year.


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