By Judith B. Cameron, PSU member
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.
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?
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.
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PSU Strong Editorial Committee: Greg Blackburn, Judith Cameron, Iris Jenkins, Dan LaBonte,Jennifer Page, Patricia Sullivan, Peter Tattlebaum, and Ferd Wulkan
The Massachusetts Teachers Association, our state union, has pledged to unleash member power to increase state funding for public schools and higher education. Fund Our Future: Invest in the Schools and Colleges Our Communities Deserve was launched this fall. Its goal: increase state funds by $1 billion annually for K–12 schools and $500 million annually for higher education. The monetary goals are based on research reports that identified shortages needed to bring excellence to all schools and all students.
During 21 months of grueling negotiations, the PSU Bargaining Committee stood united and unflappable during talks for our 2017–2020 contract.
The hard won 2017–2020 contract makes significant improvements in the areas of compensatory time and flextime, two working conditions that are often misunderstood, and more importantly, denied to PSU members. Our new contract includes acknowledgement by management that comp time is a benefit while the contract defines excessive workloads. The language now clearly states that requests for either comp time or flextime cannot be unreasonably denied.