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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

 

Washington Post Opinion – from FSU member

8/31/2021

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

8/26/2021

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

8/24/2021

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

8/23/2021

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

8/18/2021

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

FSU Survey/Vote Results and Vaccine Mandate

8/18/2021

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

8/26/2021

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.

NTT Faculty and AFRs

8/12/2021

Dear Non-Tenure Faculty, 

As you start to prepare for Fall semester, I want to remind you to include completing your Annual Faculty Review (AFR) to your semester to do list. 

AFRs are due no later than September 20th to your department chair.   To access the AFR system go to https://www.umb.edu/faculty_staff/afr.  

Why is it important to annually complete an AFR?    

FSU Survey – Fall Opening, Health/Safety, and Remote Teaching

8/10/2021

Dear FSU Members,

With the recent surge of the Delta variant, the FSU would like to know how faculty/librarians feel about the Fall reopening, particularly around the possibility of expanding the amount of remote classes being offered.

The survey takes less than 2 minutes.  Don’t wait!

 (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for survey link information).

Steve Striffler,

FSI President

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