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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


The Point: Are You a CAT Person?


Greetings Colleagues,

Subject: Contract Action Team

Action Item: Consider Joining It!

As you will learn from our other blast email today (“Nuts and Bolts”) the Executive Committee  of the FSU last week elected our Core Bargaining Team (CBT) to take on the work of negotiating the successor contract to the one that we completed seemingly 15 minutes ago.  Our current contract expires at the end of June 2023 and the plan is to begin the next round of bargaining this coming winter. 

Africana Studies Search Committee


Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the administration has been attempting to constitute a search committee to fill three newly-announced positions in the Africana Studies Department by January 2023. While we strongly support the decision to fund these lines, we are concerned that no members of the Africana Studies Department are on this search committee, and also feel that it is unlikely that a successful search—particularly for two senior positions--can be carried out in this short span of time.  

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver expires Oct 31st


Dear Members, 

There are 11 days left until the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver expires. Attached is a flyer with information on what you need to do before the expiration date.

We want as many members as possible to understand what’s at stake here – and know that there are only a few days left to take advantage.

Forum on a Better Future for Public Higher Education


Dear Members, 

The MTA is hosting a zoom forum on Imagining a Better Future for Public Higher Education.  

We hope you will be able to attend. Details are below. 


Caroline Coscia                                 Jeff Melnick 

FSU President                                   FSU Vice President 

Senior Lecturer II                              Professor 

Political Science Department         American Studies Department

FSU Executive Committee Meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, 10/19, 3:00-3:45


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU Executive Committee is meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, October 19th 3:00PM - 3:45PM (please note that the end time of the meeting has been changed from 4:30 to 3:45).

These meetings are open to all active members of the FSU.   

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.

FSU Nuts & Bolts: Work Environment and Workload Policies


Dear Member, 

As we approach mid semester and the scheduling of our spring semester schedules, we think this issue of Nuts & Bolts is a good time to share some policies and contract language associated with our work environment and workload.   


Board of Trustee Policies  

The Point: The Cost of a Hostile Takeover?


Greetings, Colleagues:

Subject: The Continued Attack on our Africana Studies Department

Action Item: Support the co-sponsored resolution that the FSU Executive Committee and the Africana Studies Department will be bringing to the Faculty Council Meeting on November 7th

Reminder: FSU LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group's Five and a Slide


Dear FSU,

This is a kind reminder that slides for the “5 and a Slide” event on October 19 can be sent to Timothy ( on 10/12. This will allow him to compile the slides into a single slide show before the event.

For those of you who need extra day to whip up a slide, please take it. Don’t let a deadline prevent you from presenting

To the rest of you, we hope you will join us on 10/19 from 5-6:30 in the Integrated Science Complex (ISC) 3300

Be well,

Fair Share Amendment Info Session, Tuesday October 11th 10-11AM


Dear Member,

We would like to let you know about the following Fair Share Amendment info session on Tuesday, October 11th, 10-11AM. See attached for more information.

Caroline Coscia                                 

FSU President                                   

Senior Lecturer II                               

Political Science Department        


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