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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


FSU and DCU Forum On Proposed Academic Reorganization Plan- TODAY Thursday 12/15, 2-3:30


Dear Member,

The FSU and Department Chairs Union (DCU) want to invite you to a forum TODAY Thursday, 12/15/22, from 2-3:30 to discuss the workload and contractual implications of the provost's planned reorganization models.  All FSU and DCU members are welcome.  

 (contact FSU or Caroline Coscia for Zoom information).


The Point: Getting Right to the Point


Greetings Colleagues, Comrades, Friends:

FSU Member Survey for Bargaining – tell us your priorities


Dear Colleague,

Our union contract is up and we will begin negotiations in Spring 2023.  Your Core Bargaining Team need your help.  We care about and need to know what issues matter to you.  What would you like to see addressed in the contract?  What are your most important priorities?

FSU Nuts & Bolts: NTT Promotions


Dear Member, 

This issue of Nuts & Bolts is aimed at NTTs applying for promotion along with those serving on Department Personnel Committee (DPCs) and College Personnel Committee (CPCs).  We hope this information clarifies the process.  


The Point: “Activity-Based Budgeting”: UMB’s Pending Shell Game


Subject: The proposed new approach to budgets on campus

Action: Educate yourself, ask hard questions of upper administration, resist marketplace logic however you can!

The Communications Committee is delighted to step aside this week to make room for this important contribution from our former FSU President, Steve Striffler.  Here, as you will see, Steve helps us understand why the much-touted “Activity Based Budgeting” is a dangerous proposition that runs counter to the central mission of the university.

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Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee is meeting TODAY Friday, December 2nd 3:00PM - 4:30PM.

These meetings are open to all members.   

The meetings will be hybrid. For those joining in person, we are meeting in ISC 1 - 1400.  (contact FSU or Caroline Coscia for Zoom information).

FSU Nuts & Bolts: Student Support and Faculty Benefits


Dear Member, 

As we approach the end of the semester, we are using this issue of Nuts & Bolts to provide a listing of student support services along with some faculty benefits. 

Student Support Services 

In conversations with many of you, one topic that keeps being raised is student health and our role in assisting students.   

The Dean of Students webpage  

The Point: Academic (Dis)Organization


Greetings, Colleagues,

Subject: The Provost’s Proposal to Move Three Academic Departments Out of CLA

Action: Attend College of Liberal Arts (CLA) meeting today if you are faculty in CLA; otherwise, consider how to join the larger conversation around shared governance this plan demands

FSU Executive Committee Meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, 11/16, 3:00-4:30


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee is meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, November 16th 3:00PM - 4:30PM.

These meetings are open to all members.   

The meetings will be hybrid. For those joining in person, we are meeting in ISC 1 - 1400. For those on zoom,  contact FSU or Caroline Coscia for Zoom information.

Nuts & Bolts: Ventilation and Help Wanted


Dear Member, 

This issue of Nuts & Bolts is a reminder to use the classroom air purifiers and asking you to serve as our representative on the Health and Safety Committee.

Air Ventilation

This is a reminder to make sure the Portable Air Purifier in your classroom is operational.  

As you may remember, in 2021 the FSU got a grant from the MTA to assess the air handling system in Wheatley Hall as a way of determining how well campus buildings are meetings CDC safety guidelines during COVID.


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