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Representing Faculty Members and Librarians at UMass Boston Since 1976.

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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.

 Steve Striffler, President

 fsu@umb.edu

 

FSU Forum: Campus Reopening and Workplace Safety – June 3rd

5/27/2020

Dear FSU Members,

Please Save the Date:  Wednesday, June 3rd, 1:30 to 3:00.   (contact the FSU office for Zoom meeting info)

Please join the FSU and Professors Lorena Estrada-Martinez and Eduardo Siquiera for a discussion about the many health and workplace safety issues associated with a potential campus reopening. 

The Point: A Primer for Expanded Bargaining

5/26/2020

From Steve Striffler, FSU bargaining team:

Last week UMB Administration rejected calls by the union for expanded bargaining – and refused to allow FSU faculty and librarians into the bargaining session.  This raised a few questions from members:

What is “expanded” bargaining?

Admin refuses to bargain in front of FSU members

5/22/2020

Dear FSU Members,

We write with three important bargaining updates and a request for your help.

First the good news:  Administration (finally!) signed the Spring 2020 agreement that we reached with them in April (please see attached).

Now the bad news:

Petition in Support of Laid-Off Faculty

5/21/2020

Dear Colleagues,

Please remember to sign the petition circulated earlier this week to protest the laying off of NTT instructors at UMB.

Getting Right To The Point

5/18/2020

Colleagues,

This week I am going to get right to The Point: please read and consider signing this document—a letter in support of laid-off instructors at UMB which will be sent to the campus upper administration. 

Letter to NTT Faculty

5/18/2020

Dear Colleagues,

With the end of classes last week, we want to congratulate you all on the amazing work of this semester, even as we must bring important and disappointing news.  As many of you have no doubt already heard, several days ago the UMass Boston Administration took drastic action in the name of preparing for a worst-case scenario for the Fall.  Chief among them is an initiative to reduce our ranks, targeting all those NTT faculty not yet on continuing appointment. 

FSU Members – Invitation to Bargaining!

5/15/2020

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 the first main table bargaining session on May 20th from 11am-1pm, where we plan to discuss with the Administration the ground rules for bargaining as well as a series of substantive issues around any potential reopening of the campus (i.e. health/safety, teaching, etc.). 

Contact Congress for federal money and an update on legislative efforts

5/13/2020

Dear Colleague:

We know that many of you are concerned about the non-reappointments of NTT associate lecturers and some lecturers, and budget cutbacks. We will be following up directly with members who have received such notices with more information.  In the meantime, here’s how you can help:

NEA Summary of HEROES Act

5/12/2020

From the NEA:

Initial Summary of the Heroes Act

On May 12, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled the 1,815- page long Heroes Act to address the coronavirus pandemic. The $3-trillion package would provide additional education funding, state and local aid, a second round of stimulus checks, meals assistance, and Medicaid funding, and addresses multiple NEA requests.

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