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FSU Nuts & Bolts: Parking Bargaining has begun!


Dear Member,

This issue of Nuts & Bolts contains information on parking bargaining and to share our proposal. 

Who is bargaining? 

The FSU is in coalition with the Classified Staff Union (CSU), Department Chairs’ Union (DCU), and Professional Staff Union (PSU).  The presidents of each union are at the table for their respective union.  

Why bargaining? 

It is expected the University will be closing the Bayside lot sometime after this semester. The change in parking lots triggers a renegotiation of the parking agreement all unions signed in 2018 and 2019 (for the FSU parking agreement, see MOU 7 of the 20-23 contract). 

First Bargaining Session, September 29th  

Before we began the 10:30AM – 12:30PM session, we gathered outside the union office (Quinn 2nd floor) where we spoke to those who gathered about the impact of the high cost to park and then marched to the ISC.  

We presented our proposal (attached) to three members of the Human Resources Labor Relations staff and Tim Dunn, Director of Transportation Services.  

Proposal highlights

Sliding scale parking rates:   Your rate is determined by your salary.  The salary ranges (see page five) are less than $50,000, $50,001 to $69,999, $70,000 to $89,999, $90,000 to $109,999, $110,000 to $129,999, and $130,000 and above.  

30 use pass: The pass must be used within a year of when it was purchased; any unused swipes will not be refunded once this deadline is reached. 

Summer Session passes:  Effective from June 1-July 15, and July 16-August 31. 

MBTA subsidy: Provide a 50% subsidy for students and employees who purchase MBTA-passes through the campus (or campus’s contractor).  

Passes to the person, not the plate: Parking passes shall not be linked to license plates, and may be used by employees for any vehicle they are traveling in. 

Handicap Placard Users: Shall park for free in any handicap parking space. Placard users must register their placard with the Parking and Transportation Office in order to park for free. The handicap placard parking pass shall be accepted at all UMB parking locations. 

Electric vehicle charging stations: Charging stations will be available in all lots, and will be available to be used for as long as the car is plugged in. The use of charging stations will be free to UMB students and employees; there will be no additional fee beyond the cost of the parking pass. 

Evening parking: The evening rate is valid from 4PM to 6AM.  There is no additional charge to the evening rate for parking during this time period.  

Pickup/Dropoff of materials: Free short-term parking areas will be established around campus for the sole purpose of delivering/picking up materials.  

Lot staffing: All parking lots will be staffed 24/7/365 to ensure the safety of drivers. All entrances, payment machines, and lots will be lighted. 

Next steps 

Our next bargaining session is October 12th.   


Caroline Coscia                                 

FSU President                                   

Senior Lecturer II                               

Political Science Department        

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