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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


FSU Executive Committee Meeting TOMORROW Friday, 11/4, 3:00-4:30


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee is meeting TOMORROW Friday, November 4th 3:00PM - 4:30PM (please note that the Executive Committee will likely be in executive session for the last 15 minutes of the meeting).

These meetings are open to all members.   

The meetings will be hybrid. For those joining in person, we are meeting in ISC 1 - 1400. (contact FSU or Caroline Coscia for Zoom information).

Introducing the FSU LGBTQIA+ Caucus


On behalf of the newly formed LGBTQIA+ Caucus, we want to thank all of those who submitted slides and attended the first 5 and a Slide event. There are fascinating things happening across the university and it was a joy to see this work presented in a fun and laidback atmosphere. To those who couldn’t come, we will likely have another go at this event in the future.

FSU Nuts & Bolts: Core Bargaining Team


Dear Member, 

This issue of Nuts & Bolts focuses on your core bargaining team and how you can help the team.  

The FSU Executive Committee is pleased to announce the members of your core bargaining team (CBT) who will bargain our successor collective bargaining agreement 2023-2026.  In alphabetical order:  

Caroline Coscia 

Political Science  

The Point: Are You a CAT Person?


Greetings Colleagues,

Subject: Contract Action Team

Action Item: Consider Joining It!

As you will learn from our other blast email today (“Nuts and Bolts”) the Executive Committee  of the FSU last week elected our Core Bargaining Team (CBT) to take on the work of negotiating the successor contract to the one that we completed seemingly 15 minutes ago.  Our current contract expires at the end of June 2023 and the plan is to begin the next round of bargaining this coming winter. 

Africana Studies Search Committee


Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the administration has been attempting to constitute a search committee to fill three newly-announced positions in the Africana Studies Department by January 2023. While we strongly support the decision to fund these lines, we are concerned that no members of the Africana Studies Department are on this search committee, and also feel that it is unlikely that a successful search—particularly for two senior positions--can be carried out in this short span of time.  

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver expires Oct 31st


Dear Members, 

There are 11 days left until the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver expires. Attached is a flyer with information on what you need to do before the expiration date.

We want as many members as possible to understand what’s at stake here – and know that there are only a few days left to take advantage.

Forum on a Better Future for Public Higher Education


Dear Members, 

The MTA is hosting a zoom forum on Imagining a Better Future for Public Higher Education.  

We hope you will be able to attend. Details are below. 


Caroline Coscia                                 Jeff Melnick 

FSU President                                   FSU Vice President 

Senior Lecturer II                              Professor 

Political Science Department         American Studies Department

FSU Executive Committee Meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, 10/19, 3:00-3:45


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee is meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, October 19th 3:00PM - 3:45PM (please note that the end time of the meeting has been changed from 4:30 to 3:45).

These meetings are open to all active members of the FSU.   

The meetings will be hybrid. For those joining in person, we are meeting in ISC 1 - 1400. For those on zoom,  contact FSU or Caroline Coscia for Zoom information.


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