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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


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.

Research Intensive Semester- Counting Prior Course Releases?

A pre-tenured tenure track member was told that prior course releases granted upon hire fullfilled the terms of the Research Intensive Semester (RIS) guaranteed in Article 15.7.1 (the latter grants faculty a semester of teaching free work or two semesters with a single course load reduction). However, the member indicated that because they were hired at 3/3, rather than 2/2 (which is the current contractual norm for a full time load), they never actually received a teaching free semester nor a 1/1 semester.

Repayment Demanded By HR For Errant Over Compensation Of Members

We have spoken with a number of members who have reported that they have been accidentally overpaid by Payroll. The latter has then mandated that the members repay the inadvertent over compensation.

Mandated Service Assignments For Tenure Track Faculty

A tenure track member indicated that they have been mandated to perform a specific service job that they had not agreed to perform. The FSU Grievance Committee assessed the matter and noted that while Article 15 of the contract does require service, it does not speak to the specifics of service assignments. However, the Grievance Committee also noted that the practice at UMass Boston has been to allow faculty members to choose their own service work and not to assign specific service assignments.

Discipline of A Member Enacted Without Due Process

The FSU Grievance Committee was able to reach a settlement with Admin on this grievance. The member has agreed to hold regular meetings with the chair to discus ongoing workplace issues. Upon succesful completion of the meetings requirement, any letters of discipline related to this issue will be removed from the member's personnel file.

From the FSU Grievance Committee update sent on 3/23/23:

Issues Related to Implementation of Course Releases For Senior Lecturer 2 and Senior Lecturer 3 Ranks

The FSU has worked with a number of individuals who have indicated that they are being denied the course release (CLR) mandated by 21.2 of the contract which requires one CLR per year for full-time Senior Lecturer II's and 2 CLR's per year for Senior Lecturer III's. Specifically, one full-time member is being denied the release due to the fact that they are already 3/3 with a quarter-time assignment outside of teaching.

Course Release Eligibility for Full Time Senior Lecturer II’s

We reached a settlement agreement with the Administration whereby 5 individuals implicated in the grievance would be made whole: they will receive the course release and will be given full-time continuing appointments. The parties (Admin and FSU) then agreed to address the problems generated by confusion over this language via contract negotiations.

From the 3/23/23 Grievance Committee update:


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