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.

Your Union at Work: Addressing Problems

September 28, 2018

By Ferd Wulkan, PSU Staff

Unfair performance evaluation? Unreasonable workload?  Hostile work environment? One of the most important reasons to have a union is to collectively address workplace problems. A large portion of union dues goes toward negotiating and enforcing the contract, training members to identify problems, advocating for improved contract language and laws, and building the union’s power so that problems are quickly identified, addressed, solved, and prevented from recurring.

PSU President Comments to UMass BOT: September 19 2018

MTA President Merrie Najimy and Vice President Max Page also attended the UMass Board of Trustees meeting
September 19, 2018

Comments to UMass BOT: September 19 2018

Good morning, Chairman Manning, President Meehan, Trustees. I’m Anneta Argyres, now president of the Professional Staff Union, and I’m here to remind you about the mess that UMass Boston’s debt is making.

You’ve heard from us time and time again about the impact the legacy construction debt has had on our campus, and the the price being paid for that debt by employees and students:

They Didn’t Hear You

July 2, 2018

A little over a week ago, we bargained parking fees in ISC 3300 with a standing-room-only audience. A dozen professional staff, classified staff, graduate students and undergraduate students gave moving testimony about the potential impacts of management’s proposed fee increases on our jobs, our students, and our families. (See the attached letter for an example of one PSU member’s testimony.)