Get Involved

We strive to have a democratic union with accountable leaders and forceful, collective response from our members. In order to build a union that directly reflects our needs and interests as public higher education workers, what we need most is your involvement. The more we all participate, the more our union will truly belong to us.

You can:

  • Attend union meetings. 
  • Talk to your area rep  — or if your area doesn’t have one, serve as an area rep!
  • Join a union committee.
  • Run for an elected position within the union.  

PSU Committees

Area Reps, a.k.a. Delegates
(Amherst, see Amherst Delegate Council; Boston, contact Anneta Argyres or Mary Jo Connelly)
The members of this committee are the “face of the union” in each part of campus, elected by their co-workers. They keep in touch with the other members in their area, updating them and helping to answer their questions.  This committee is primarily for communication.  For problem solving, see the Grievance Committee or Stewards Network.

Contract Action Team
(Amherst members, see Amherst Delegate Council; Boston members, contact Ben McNamee)
The Contract Action Team (CAT) supports the bargaining process by facilitating communication among the members, and engaging in other activities to raise awareness in the community.

Committee on Racial Equity
(Boston, contact Fatmata Jah or Shandell Hughes)  Amherst, contact Dan Labonte or Erika Dawson-Head)
The Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) is building PSU’s capacity to address racial discrimination and inequality at both the Amherst and Boston campuses using contract language, research and education.

Communications Committee
(Amherst members, contact Andrew Gorry; Boston members, contact Peter Tattlebaum)
The Communications Committee is responsible for all internal and external Chapter Communications, including minutes, web page, email, E-newsletter, and correspondence.

Grievance Committee
(In Amherst, contact Robert McDowell, Grievance Officer or Kathy Rhines, PSU Staff)
This committee advises members on workplace problems and handles grievances for our members across campus.

Membership Committee
(Amherst members, contact Jules Bannister; new Boston members, contact Mary Jo Connelly)
The Membership Committee meets with new PSU members and orients them to PSU, and organizes events for new members.

Negotiations Committee
A Negotiations Committee is elected nine months before our contract expires in order to negotiate a new contract.

Nominations & Elections Committee
(PSU Elections Committee)
This committee is made up of three members (in Boston) or at least three members (in Amherst), appointed by the Chapter Board to serve for a two-year period, to ensure democratic elections for officers, delegates, and MTA Annual Meeting delegates.

Newsletter Committee
(Contact Editor, Judith Cameron)
The Newsletter Committee produces PSU Strong, our Amherst-Boston newsletter.

Organization and Education Committee
(Amherst members, contact Pamela Lester)
The Organization and Education Committee is responsible for internal organization and organizing educational, social and cultural events.

Salary Administration Program (SAP) Committee
(Amherst members, contact Heather Gross)
The SAP Committee monitors the Salary Administration Program and members’ reviews.

Stewards Network
(In Amherst, contact Robert McDowell, Grievance Officer or Kathy Rhines, PSU Staff)
The Stewards Network is representative of the workforce and responsible for strengthening the representational structure of the Union.  Under the direction of the Grievance Officer, stewards monitor and enforce the collective-bargaining agreement, advise employees on contract provisions, work to resolve work place problems, confront employers over safety issues and represent employees in grievance proceedings.