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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: Doings and Undoings

7/20/2020

Greetings, Colleagues!

Fall Teaching – Course Caps and the Question of Modalities

7/16/2020

Dear FSU Members,

Below is (hopefully) clarification on two issues that faculty have raised:

TOMORROW: State-Wide Town Hall on Higher Ed

7/15/2020

Dear FSU Members,

Just a reminder and slight time change on Town Hall (starts at 4:30, not 4:00)

Two immediate asks:

1)  Please sign and distribute this petition calling for a safe, equitable, layoff-free reopening of our campuses:

Join us this Friday for an important NTT organizing meeting! (July 17 3-4pm)

7/15/2020

Dear NTT colleagues,

Thanks to all of you who joined via Zoom last Friday afternoon, to help us keep connected and keep supporting our NTT colleagues at UMB.  There is much work to be done!  

We'll meet again this week on Friday, July 17 from 3-4pm, and hope to see you there! (contact the FSU office for Zoom info)

Bargaining Update

7/14/2020

Dear FSU Members,

We started main table bargaining last Friday.  The FSU core bargaining team was there, along with—for the very first time!—30 additional FSU members, who attended as part of our expanded team.  It was really exciting to bargain with administration knowing that our members were in the Zoom room with us, holding it down throughout and ready to caucus with us at a moment’s notice.

We presented five proposals to administration, based on your feedback this past Fall and Spring:   

The Point: Bots

7/13/2020

Greetings, Colleagues.

Whose Streets? Our Streets!

If you’ve been to a protest march or rally in the modern era no doubt you have heard the chant “Whose Streets? Our Streets!”  Maybe you have even shouted along with it. 

“Whose Streets? Our Streets!” is always an elegant performance —a bait-and-switch that seems to ask a knotty rhetorical question only to answer it with the fact of its own iteration.  But what if we apply “Whose Streets?” to our own campus?

Bargaining Today!

7/10/2020

Dear FSU Members,

We are bargaining today from 12-2pm.   Although we have reached the 30-person “observer” limit, you can still join us in the caucus starting at 11:30 (contact the FSU office for Zoom meeting info) or follow our Communications Director on twitter (@melnickjeffrey1) – he will be livetweeting with the hashtags #umbfsu and #fsuexpanded.      

Steve Striffler

FSU President

REMINDER: NTT faculty zoom meeting, tomorrow (Friday) 3-5pm

7/9/2020

Dear NTT faculty colleagues,

Please join us for an NTT Faculty Meeting, tomorrow (Friday), July 10, from 3-5pm, via Zoom (contact the FSU office for Zoom meeting info).

On our agenda will be the non-reappointment letters sent to over 300 of our UMB NTT colleagues, and our union response, as well as an update from the upcoming bargaining efforts with Administration (see here for more info). 

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