Union Information

Residential Life employs staff members from five different unions, as well as non-bargaining unit employees.

AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 1776 [Units A and B]
AFSCME is the bargaining unit for members of our skilled trades, grounds, custodial, housing, food services, and security fields.

Unit A ContractApplies to all benefited 01 employees.
Unit B ContractMost CC/03 employees in Auxiliary Services, Physical Plant, Residential Life, and Parking Services who work at least 10 hours per week and have worked at least 6 work weeks in a calendar year.

Common Residential Life positions include: Maintainer I, Maintainer II, Maintenance Technician II, Trades Worker, Controls & Refrigeration System Specialist, Storekeeper II, Departmental Assistant.

GEO (Graduate Employee Organization)
GEO is the collective bargaining unit for graduate student employees.

Common Residential Life positions include: Assistant Resident Director, Learning Communities Graduate Assistant, Engagement Graduate Assistant, Community Standards Graduate Assistant, Apartment Communities Graduate Assistant.

To view the GEO contract, please click here.

PSU/MTA (Professional Staff Union/Massachusetts Teachers Association) [Units A and B]
The Professional Staff Union of the University of Massachusetts is a labor union local of professional staff and classified supervisors.

Unit A Contract – Applies to exempt employees. 
Unit B Contract - Applies to non-exempt, supervisory employees.

Common Residential Life positions include: Operations Manager, Residence Director, Learning Communities Specialist, Institution Maintenance Foreman, Supervisor of Janitors.

RAU/UAW (Resident Assistants United/United Auto Workers) Local 2322
RAU/UAW is the collective bargaining unit for Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors.

To view the RAU/UAW contract for July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018, please click here. The new contract is forthcoming.

View an FAQ about the changes to the compensation package for RAs and PMs as outlined in the new contract. 

USA/MTA (University Staff Association Affiliate of the Massachusetts Teachers Association)
The USA/MTA bargaining unit consists of all full-time and regular part-time (at least 50% time) administrative, clerical, and technical employees of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. These employees are non-exempt.

Common Residential Life positions include: Clerk III, Clerk IV, Clerk V, Accountant I, Housing Operations Assistant, Technical Assistant II, Technical Assistant III, Technical Specialist I, Electronics Technician I, EDP Systems Analyst I, EDP Programmer II.

To view the USA/MTA contract, please click here.