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Raising Hell to Raise Revenue

Raising Hell to Raise Revenue
December 13, 2018

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.

Your Union at Work: Compensatory and Flextime

December 13, 2018

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.

PSU Strong Newsletter - December 2018

PSU Strong Newsletter December 2018 cover
December 13, 2018

There's a new issue of PSU Strong: Powering UMass Amherst and UMass Boston. We publish four times a year, offering news, in-depth focus on issues, informative statistics, and celebrations of our members.

PSU Strong: Newsletter, December 2018 (PDF)


PSU Strong Editorial Committee: Judith Cameron, Iris Jenkins, Dan LaBonte, Jennifer Page, Patricia Sullivan, Peter Tattlebaum, and Ferd Wulkan

Designer: Sarah Jarman

Union Democracy: Representing our Peeps

UMass Amherst Delegate Council members
December 13, 2018

By Dan LaBonte, PSU Member

I couldn’t believe it when I heard that PSU has almost 2,000 members at our Amherst and Boston campuses. If you are anything like me, it makes you wonder, how can the union engage and empower so many members across both campuses? How can PSU transform a static number into hundreds of voices acting in solidarity towards a common goal?

Boston Parking: The Battle Against Suffocating Fees for Staff and Students

September 28, 2018

By Peter Tattlebaum, Boston recording secretary

The past few months at UMass Boston have been unsettling and challenging, and the end of this fight is nowhere near the rearview mirror. Faculty, staff, and students have received multiple emails about forthcoming parking rate increases despite PSU still bargaining over them. Even after receiving testimony from employees and students about how devastating the elimination of existing parking options and higher rates will be, the administration remains tone deaf.