UMass union leaders received a letter of support from the UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
“We stand in solidarity with all UMass Amherst staff members impacted by recent layoffs and furloughs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
The committee urged that furloughs be used only as a last resort, for UMass administration to apply furloughs equitably across all workers, and for UMass Administration to negotiate in good faith and provide increased transparency.
This Monday is a tough day at the Amherst campus—the first day of indefinite furlough and severe hours reductions for almost 100 of our PSU colleagues. We need to show our solidarity with our co-workers and make sure their suffering is not invisible.
The PSU Amherst Campaign Committee is calling on all members to take one or both of these actions on Monday:
The housing crisis in MA is about to get worse--the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expires this week. This moratorium has helped keep 100,000 plus families in their homes during this crisis, and since the crisis is far from over, we need that moratorium to continue.
UMass Amherst pulled back its threat to lay off approximately 450 workers after two unions representing thousands of campus employees mounted an aggressive organizing and activism campaign.
Faced with the threat of hundreds of unjustified job cuts, two unions representing thousands of employees at UMass Amherst have filed charges with state labor officials, claiming that the university administration is failing in its obligation to negotiate alternatives to massive layoffs.
Today, the Amherst Chapter of the Professional Staff Union, MTA/NEA, representing 1,400 workers at UMass Amherst, released this statement addressing Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy's turn towards threats of layoffs and forced furloughs.
Demanding a Safe and Equitable Fall
The PSU has been working with other unions across UMass and across all of public higher education to demand that our Commonwealth ensure that our campuses are fully funded so that all workers and programs can continue, and that we can continue to do our work safely. You can read the MTA’s statement online.
Here are some useful resources for our PSU members.