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FSU Executive Committee meeting, Thursday, 3:30-5, upcoming MTA workshops


Dear FSU Member,

The FSU Executive Committee will be meeting TOMORROW Thursday from 3:30-5 pm in ISC, 1400.

These meetings are open to all members.  Members can also attend by Zoom  (contact FSU or Steve Striffler for Zoom information).

The meetings tend to be a mix of routine, keep-the-trains-running, agenda items along with more substantive discussion about the larger issues facing faculty and librarians.   This week we will be talking about safety/health issues, AFR deadline, and FSU Forums.

The Ex Com schedule for the rest of the semester can be seen here.

Also, save the date: FSU General Assembly meeting, Thursday, October 7th, 3:30-5. Agenda and meeting details to come.

Finally, we wanted to alert you to a series of workshops hosted by the MTA that may be of interest to you (see info below).

Best of luck with teaching and see you tomorrow.

Steve Striffler

FSU President

For information on the FSU, links to our contract and bargaining updates, and a calendar of events, see the FSU webpage

MTA Higher Ed September Workshop Series

These workshops are open to all MTA higher ed members.  Registration is required for most workshops, sign up today!

Student Loan Forgiveness for Higher Education Members

Wednesday, September 8th, 5:30-7:00 pm

Join us and the student loan counselors at Cambridge Credit Counseling as they host a free, live webinar focused on what you need to know to effectively manage your student loans. We'll cover the topic from A to Z - from knowing the differences between the types of federal loans to the ins and outs of the various federal repayment plans. Most important, we'll also discuss in detail what you need to do to qualify for loan forgiveness, both for your own loans and for the Parent PLUS loans you may be carrying for your children. There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about student loans, so join us to find out what you really need to know on Wednesday, September 8, from 5:30 to 7pm.Register Here

Unemployment Workshop for Higher Ed Members

Thursday, September 9th from 12:00-1:00pm

We hope you can join MTA Field Staff and a special guest from the AFL-CIO for a workshop on how to access unemployment benefits. We will start by going through the application process step by step then move into a discussion on how to troubleshoot issues with the Department of Unemployment Assistance. Please bring any questions or issues you may have.

Join Zoom Meeting:

ADA Accommodations and Telework Workshop for Higher Ed

Thursday, September 9th, 5:30-6:30 pm

Join MTA General Counsel Rebecca Yee for a presentation on ADA accommodations and telework during the Covid-19 crisis.   Register Here

Retirement Demystified with Ed McCourt

Tuesday, September 14th, 5:30-6:30 pm

Ed McCourt will join us for a general discussion about retirement for Higher Education MTA members, including plan options, buy back opportunities, retirement planning, and related considerations such as GIC, social security, and working after retirement. Please reserve individual questions for a 1-on-1 consultation with Ed, which you can schedule by emailing him at

Register Here

NEA/MTA/MCCC Information Session for New Members

Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm

This information session is open to all MCCC members but geared towards new hires, those who have recently joined the union or are considering doing so. MCCC leaders and MTA Field Staff will be present to help  explain the structure of NEA/MTA/MCCC and how your joint membership supports collective bargaining and builds educator power. We will be reviewing what rights and benefits are available to union members and where you can find valuable resources and information. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout.  Register Here

MTA Benefits

Thursday, September 16th, 5:30-6:30 pm

General overview of the MTA Benefits programs and learn about the array of discount and savings programs available to MTA members! Register Here