UMass unions speak to Board of Trustees

On Wednesday, the UMass Board of Trustees met on the UMass Amherst campus.  The professional staff and faculty unions requested time on the agenda to address two issues of concern to our unions and to ask the Board to do the right thing:  fully fund the bargained contracts and freeze student fees.

We wanted to share the speeches that the union representatives gave.  The first is from Eric Berlin, Vice President of the Mass Society  of Professors (the Amherst faculty chapter) and the second is from Amherst PSU Co-Chair elect, Carl Ericson.  We hope you will read them.

Amherst - Notice of Contract Ratification

Professional Staff Union – Unit A
A contract information meeting and ratification vote on the proposed three-year Contract Bargaining Agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts and the PSU-Unit A/MTA/NEA will be conducted as follows:
Contract Information Meeting:
Thursday, May 14, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center 805-09
Contract Ratification Voting:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Campus Center 802

UMass President Caret ignores contract obligations; unions side with students

For immediate release

Contact: Scott McLennan, Massachusetts Teachers Association, 617.878.8228, 774.253.8142

UMass President Caret ignores contract obligations; unions side with students

Faculty and staff represented by various labor unions working across the University of Massachusetts system are criticizing President Robert Caret and his administration for failing to honor recently ratified contracts and claiming that to pay for negotiated raises, UMass would need to increase student fees.