Jobs of Longtime Workers Cut to Solve UMass Boston Debt Crisis

UMass Boston union members protested at a Board of Trustees meeting over layoffs triggered by fiscal mismanagement at the Boston campus. From left, Martha London (PSU), Joe Ramsey (FSU), Karyn Aiello (PSU), Heike Schotten (FSU), and Judith Erdman (PSU). Photo by Bay State Banner
March 19, 2018

By Peter Tattlebaum, PSU member

One-third of the way through UMass Boston’s 25-Year Master Plan, the campus continues to evolve on a daily basis. By the end of 2018, the number of buildings on campus will have doubled since 2009, including two residence halls and a parking garage. Enrollment continues to slowly rise. Yet as the master plan is coming to life, the university’s administration came to the conclusion that centuries worth of worker experience will play no part in the campus’s next act.

Parking Bargaining Starts Today! Meet at 2:30 outside the union office

March 19, 2018

If you drive to work, are you prepared to pay $15 a day to park?

Were you asked when the administration took out a garage construction loan in your name?

Were you asked before the administration released a “bold new plan” to fund the substructure project with your parking fees?

Even if you don’t drive to work, do you believe our students can afford to pay $15 a day to park?

PSU Searching for Director of Financial Operations

March 16, 2018

PSU is looking for a Director of Financial Operations. This is a 20 hour per week job paying $30 per hour. The position resides at the UMass Amherst campus. This is not a University position.

Please send your resume and letter of interest to:

PSU Dir Fin Ops Application
c/o Amanda Rabbitt
109 Hampshire House
131 County Circle
Amherst, MA 01003

Or email it to

Janus Case: Why Public Unions are Being Targeted

February 15, 2018

From 2/15/2018 email to PSU members:

Last week we introduced the Janus case and this week we’ll dig a little deeper into why public sector unions are being targeted.  This is extremely important and will only take a couple of minutes to read, so please do. 

So, why are public sector unions being targeted now?

Here are three main reasons:

1.  This is part of a long-term war on labor, which is well documented in many places and the results of which are seen here: