Amherst - Notice of Contract Ratification

Professional Staff Union – Unit A
A contract information meeting and ratification vote on the proposed three-year Contract Bargaining Agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts and the PSU-Unit A/MTA/NEA will be conducted as follows:
Contract Information Meeting:
Thursday, May 14, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center 805-09
Contract Ratification Voting:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Campus Center 802

UMass President Caret ignores contract obligations; unions side with students

For immediate release

Contact: Scott McLennan, Massachusetts Teachers Association, 617.878.8228, 774.253.8142

UMass President Caret ignores contract obligations; unions side with students

Faculty and staff represented by various labor unions working across the University of Massachusetts system are criticizing President Robert Caret and his administration for failing to honor recently ratified contracts and claiming that to pay for negotiated raises, UMass would need to increase student fees.

PSU Presents at Board of Trustees meeting

A quick summary of what happened at the BOT meeting on Wednesday. Sarah Bartlett and Anneta Argyres attended, representing UMB and the PSU over all.  In addition, Randy Phillis and a number of MSP members from UMA were there, as were all the MTA UMass staff.  All told, there were about 12 folks from UMass unions.

Both Randy and Anneta delivered their speeches to a background of the "card people." At the end, we left the 'card people' and a pile of postcards for Chairman Woolridge and Caret.  Below, you can read Anneta's speech.

Delegates Sought for MTA Annual Meeting

Hello PSU-Amherst Members,

We are seeking nominations from members who would like to be delegates to the MTA Annual Assembly of Delegates this year with most of the expenses paid by PSU.  To nominate yourself or someone else, please read below for details. Attending the Annual Assembly will give you insight into the way the MTA works and us a chance to influence policy on issues such as retiree healthcare benefits, etc..  If you are interested in attending, please nominate yourself!

FAIR IS FAIR: We ALL deserve the same cost of living raise!

The last time we checked, there was no discount on the cost of living for PSU members.  So we’ve got to wonder why it is that the University administration is insisting on offering us a smaller cost of living increase than most other state workers got.

During bargaining, the Governor’s office tells state agencies what pay increases it will approve.  This past year Governor Patrick’s administration approved 3% across the board pay increases for all state employee unions with an additional 0.5% pay increase for bargaining units (like ours) that don’t get step increases. 

Amherst - Action Requested

Please join the other campus unions and attend the UMASS President Search Committee's open forum tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) at 1:30pm in Campus Center 168C.  The committee needs to hear what workers expect from university leadership, especially in light of current negotiations and budget issues.  Past President Caret was not a friend of labor, and we need to let the search committee know that the next President must represent us all!

JEC Endorses Max Page

Dear PSU members,

Soon you will receive at home a ballot for the election of two representatives to the National Education Association’s Board of Directors. Whoever wins that election speaks for us on the national union’s board in Washington, while also sitting on the Massachusetts Teachers Association statewide board of directors—so it is an important position.

A Deal's a Deal: Pay the Raises!

While a dozen UMass bargaining units have settled and ratified new contracts, none have received their negotiated raises. Why not? Because the departing UMass president, Robert Caret—who spent the fall negotiating a $952,000 UMass package for himself—refuses to pay them.

Despite what President Caret claims, this is not a problem of a lack of funding.

When Governor Patrick submitted the settled contracts to the legislature, he said,