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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

 

The Point: Fanfare for the Common Good

9/14/2020

In which we argue against the easy fixes of “drive-by diversity” in favor of a profound mobilization across the communities of interest—students, faculty, staff, community members—that should run this university.

Greetings, Colleagues,

For those of us working in higher education everything is up for grabs, isn’t it? 

I mean even figuring out how to start an email to a colleague is not a simple task: “hope this finds you well” seems problematic at best.

MTA Higher Education Meeting, September 15th

9/10/2020

Dear FSU member,

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is holding an all higher education member meeting on Tuesday September 15 4:30 -6:00PM for the purpose of discussing actions taking place across all Massachusetts public higher education campuses - layoffs, furloughs, eliminations of programs, and health and safety issues.  

Welcome to Fall 2020 from the FSU

9/9/2020

Dear FSU Colleagues,

FSU Executive Committee Meeting this Friday

9/8/2020

Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee will be holding its first meeting of the semester on Friday from 4-5:30 pm.

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

Zoom Background - Labor Day Gift from the MTA!

9/7/2020

Dear FSU Members,

Happy Labor Day.   Attached is a zoom background for your use -- courtesy of the MTA...with some catchy slogans about the current campaign to fund higher ed, stop the layoffs/furloughs, and keep our campuses safe.  Enjoy!

Steve Striffler

FSU President

Campus Construction Update

9/4/2020

Dear Faculty and Librarians, 

Many of you have asked the status of campus construction specifically if the timeline has been accelerated with us not on campus and how this might impact those who are frequently on campus and those who might need to pick up materials from your office.  

FSU Special Election for vacant Tenured position

9/2/2020

Dear Tenured FSU Member,  

Welcome back!    September is the beginning of the new academic year and this year includes an election to fill the vacant seat for a Tenured faculty member on the FSU Executive Committee (the Ex Com is the governing body of the FSU and is comprised of elected representatives from the librarian, NTT, pre-tenured, and tenured constituents; for more, see here).  

Exploitation of Associate Lecturers at UMB

8/31/2020

Dear FSU Members,   

As you know, approximately 350 NTT faculty received non-appointment letters this past spring, meaning that they would not be offered classes to teach this fall.  

While close to 80% have been hired back, one of them, Maria Mellone, has not.  Maria Mellone was an Associate Lecturer in the Math Department.  She was also a member of our Core Bargaining Team, the first Associate Lecturer appointed and confirmed by the Executive Committee of the FSU to this important committee. 

The Point: No Austerity for Solidarity

8/31/2020

Dear Colleague,

Sometimes you don’t know it is a trilogy until you get to the third one, right? 

Furloughs, Parking, Increasing Course Caps? Bargaining Update

8/20/2020

Dear FSU Members, 

We just finished our second main table bargaining session, the agenda for which was that administration would respond to the FSU’s proposals (detailed below our signature) and present proposals of their own. 

Despite having had over a month to prepare, however, administration did not in fact have any proposals to offer.  As well, they were largely dismissive, without substantial engagement or discussion, of the FSU’s proposals. 

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