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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


Report from the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Caucus

By Ursula Tafe, political science, FSU executive committee

Spring 15

President's Letter

Dear colleagues:

It is my pleasure to serve as your FSU President. Here is an update on some important issues.



We completed bargaining on most issues in the fall. The major elements of the new contract include:

Raises of up to 3.5% per year over three years (split between a 2.1% cost of living and 1.4% merit).

Benefits for all half-time NTTs (there is no longer a waiting period).

Promotions for NTTs by FTE, not calendar year accumulations.

Get to Know Your Contract: How Bargaining Works

By Lorenzo Nencioli, FSU Staff

Spring 15

How does our contract become our contract? For some FSU members, this question brings to mind the old adage about laws and sausage: best not to know how either is made. And while the details of the process may be of interest only to the select few members who serve on the bargaining team, there are 3 basic elements that all members should be aware of: bargaining, ratification, and legislative approval of the contract.


MTA’s Legislative Agenda Reflects New Priorities

Interview with Art MacEwan, member, MTA Government Relations Committee, conducted by newsletter editor Jennifer C. Berkshire

Spring 15


You’re on the MTA’s Government Relations Committee, which is emphasizing a new, more grassroots-driven approach to the union’s legislative work. Fill us in on the background.

Speak out to fund your raises and express your dismay on health care costs



We are continuing our actions to get our raises funded. Here’s how you can help.

Discriminatory Content and Retaliation in Promotion Reviews

 (see below for info from previous update) - Four female faculty members in a single department underwent promotional reviews in 2020-2021 (three for tenure and one for Professor). Following the promotions to tenure, the four filed a grievance alleging gender and race discrimination among several other violations of the collective bargaining agreement.

Associate Lecturer Conversion

A settlement offer was made from Admin. The grievant did not accept the settlement offer. The case was then withdrawn (see below for info from previous update).

From the 5/18/22 Grievance Update:

NTT Dismissals for Cause

The two NTT dismissal cases have been concluded (see below for info from previous update). In one case, the FSU Ex Com voted to not proceed to arbitration. The case was then withdrawn. In the other case, the settlement offer from Admin was not accepted by the grievant. That case was withdrawn as well (see below for info from previous update).

From the 5/18/22 Grievance Update:

Course Release Eligibility for Full Time Senior Lecturer II’s

The FSU received indications from the Administration that they intend to grant the course release eligibility for full-time Senior Lecturer II’s only to those SLII’s who have full-time continuing appointments as opposed to those SLII’s who are currently full-time but whose continuing appointments are less than full-time (see Article 21.2.3.a of the contract).

Discipline of A Member Enacted Without Due Process

A faculty member received a formal notice of discipline per Article 17 for allegations of workplace misconduct. Upon review by the GC, the disciplinary notice was deemed to have been enacted without due process (there was inadequate documentation of alleged misconduct). A grievance was filed and placed in abeyance pending attempts at informal resolution. Informal meetings have taken place but no resolution has been achieved to this point.


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