Party Time! Help Plan for PSU's 30th Birthday

June 21, 2019

By Judith B. Cameron, PSU Member

In the fall, PSU will celebrate its 30th anniversary of representing and organizing the professional staff at UMass Amherst and UMass Boston. We want YOU to help us celebrate this milestone. And there is much to celebrate: contracts that provide raises, job protections, and benefits such as paid sick leave. PSU is also a force for improving campus climate and vociferously challenging administrators intent on adopting harmful policies for students, staff and faculty.

PSU was launched October 12, 1989 when 72 percent of staff on both campuses voted to go union. At the time, the five-campus system had not been created. Amherst and Boston came together as one union because the professional staff saw themselves as particularly vulnerable, since both classified staff and faculty had long been unionized.

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Editors Note: Information for PSU history was taken from accounts written by Ferd Wulkan, PSU staff and longtime union organizer. Go to, to read PSU’s First Decade and an article about why union members left SEIU and chose to become part of MTA.