Risa Silverman - new PSU Amherst Co-Chair

Risa Silverman
June 21, 2019

Risa Silverman, outreach director for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, was elected in March to fill a vacant co-chair position for PSU Amherst.

My Dream for PSU is to build connections and power among all of us in PSU as well as strengthen connections to the other unions at UMass and in the region. This is a really important time for unions to work together.

First Goal: To get to know more PSU members by listening and learning from you. I love that PSU raises up and unites the staff on our campus.

PSU is You!

PSU is You!
June 21, 2019

By Iris Jenkins, PSU Member

PSU worked with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) in January on “PSU is You!,” a video project aimed at encouraging both new and current members to think of the union as “our union rather than “the union and to become more involved in union activities. The project created nine short videos featuring individual PSU members. The videos will have many purposes, including:

• serving as part of the new employee orientation

Protect Union Jobs—Prevent Unit Erosion

June 21, 2019

By Ferd Wulkan, PSU staff

“Unit erosion” isn’t about soil or water. It’s when union jobs, either filled or vacant, are converted to non-unit positions. It’s a problem PSU is investigating and we look to our members for help in identifying when union jobs are taken out of the bargaining unit. There are two reasons why a professional position can legitimately be excluded from the PSU bargaining unit – i.e. not covered by the union contract.

Tuition Battle

Tuition benefit chart
March 13, 2019

By Patricia Sullivan, PSU Member

When your spouse or dependent attends UMass, how much of a tuition benefit do they receive? As I’ve learned during my daughter’s four years as a UMass Amherst undergraduate, the answer is complex, confusing, and changeable.

Your Union at Work: Equity Reviews

A Gavel
March 13, 2019

By Iris Jenkins, PSU member

The Salary Administration Program (SAP) provides the guidelines for determining job classification levels and salary ranges for PSU members. The SAP has several objectives, one of which is to provide for internal equity in salaries. Equity reviews are one way to address significant differences in salaries between individuals doing comparable work with similar seniority and qualifications.

Why might I request an equity review?

A Dedicated PSU Associate Member

Louise Putnam
March 13, 2019

By Peter Tattlebaum, PSU member

The union victories achieved in West Virginia and Boston (Local 26 Marriott hotel workers), Los Angeles and other places reinforced the belief that resolve, persistence, and unity can win the battle against misinformation and austerity budgets. When a staff member not covered by the contract opts to use her own hard-earned money to pay dues, there is no surer sign of belief in unions and the power of solidarity.