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.
After months of negotiations, mediation and fact-finding sessions, then more negotiations, the union and administration were not able to reach an agreement because the administration refused to ensure discounted parking for part-time students and employees. While our bargaining team was able to ensure that employees who park on- or off-campus could purchase monthly passes for about $6 a day ($112 per month off-campus and $122.22 per month on-campus), the administration refused to agree to a similar discount for those who park on- or off-campus three times per week or less, despite the fact that over half of our students and employees do so.
Instead of ensuring that all students and staff have access to discounted parking, Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman’s administration has imposed parking fees that force these part-time parkers to pay the cash rates of $9 a
day off-campus and $12–15 a day on-campus.