By Iris Jenkins, PSU member
By Dan LaBonte, PSU member, and Mary Jo Connelly, PSU Boston organizer
On both the Amherst and Boston campuses, PSU’s Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) has been working to build the capacity of our union to address racial discrimination and inequality using contract language, research, and education.
By Liz Smith, PSU member
After months of stalled negotiations, in June PSU filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state Department of Labor Relations over the issue of converting PSU positions to jobs with a private nonprofit organization. Specifically, the complaint requests that more than 20 positions currently housed under the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation (UMAF), the private fundraising arm of the campus, be returned to PSU.
Boston PSU activist and CORE co-founder retires
By Mary Jo Connelly, PSU Boston organizer
Argyres Gives ‘Em Hell—Again
Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of the speech delivered by Anneta Argyres, president of PSU Boston, September 5 to the UMass Board of Trustees.
At nearly every Board of Trustees meeting since 2016 at least one of your employees from UMass Boston has come before you to explain the impacts cuts are having on our campus and to plead for you to take action.
There's a new issue of PSU Strong: Powering UMass Amherst and UMass Boston. Published periodically, PSU Strong offers news, in-depth focus on issues, informative statistics, and celebrations of our members.
PSU Strong Editorial Committee: Judith Cameron, Iris Jenkins, Dan LaBonte, Jennifer Page, Liz Smith, Peter Tattlebaum, and Ferd Wulkan Designer: Sarah Jarman
There's a new issue of PSU Strong: Powering UMass Amherst and UMass Boston. We publish four times a year, offering news, in-depth focus on issues, informative statistics, and celebrations of our members.
PSU Strong Editorial Committee: Judith Cameron, Iris Jenkins, Dan LaBonte, Jennifer Page, Liz Smith, Peter Tattlebaum, and Ferd Wulkan
PSU Amherst and Boston members, serving as delegates to the Massachusetts Teachers Association Annual Meeting, gathered May 3 in front of the Fund Our Future booth to show support for the campaign to increase funding for public education, from pre-k to higher education by $1.5 billion a year.
Some 50 PSU Amherst members gathered in February to brainstorm ways to make our union stronger. Six major themes emerged: contract enforcement, equity, identity/pride, communication with members, communication with administration, and preparations for next contract negotiations. The chapter board will decide next steps.
By Peter Tattlebaum, PSU member
The battle over parking fees at UMass Boston is over (for the time being) and the outcome tells us much about the new administration’s attitude towards its employees and students.