UMass Amherst pulled back its threat to lay off approximately 450 workers after two unions representing thousands of campus employees mounted an aggressive organizing and activism campaign.
Faced with the threat of hundreds of unjustified job cuts, two unions representing thousands of employees at UMass Amherst have filed charges with state labor officials, claiming that the university administration is failing in its obligation to negotiate alternatives to massive layoffs.
Statement of Solidarity with the Graduate Workers of GEO UAW 2322 by the Amherst Chapter of Professional Staff Union, MTA, NEA
"As professional staff workers at UMass Amherst, we stand in solidarity with the graduate workers of GEO as they struggle with economic and employment insecurity, and evictions from university-owned housing. Graduate workers are crucial to the function of our university, and our university must take all steps necessary to assist them in their struggles against hunger, loss of housing, and loss of school status.
Some 50 PSU Amherst members gathered in February to brainstorm ways to make our union stronger. Six major themes emerged: contract enforcement, equity, identity/pride, communication with members, communication with administration, and preparations for next contract negotiations. The chapter board will decide next steps.
PSU Fights for Fair Implementation of Retroactive Raises
By Liz Smith, PSU member
By Dan LaBonte, PSU Member
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 Editorial Committee: Greg Blackburn, Judith Cameron, Iris Jenkins, Dan LaBonte,Jennifer Page, Patricia Sullivan, Peter Tattlebaum, and Ferd Wulkan
PSU CORE (Committee on Racial Equity) is excited to announce the return of PSU Book Club! Please review the following information, and if interested in joining, email Guadalupe Arevalo (email@example.com) by Monday September 17th.
*Here is what some of your colleagues had to say about this past summer PSU Book Club:
Board of Trustees speech by JoAnne Martone, Co-Chair PSU, April 6, 2018
Thank you, Chairman, for allowing me to address this body today.
I stood before you in December 2014, telling the story of my bargaining team being defamed. That story led to a conversation with our Chancellor, which unveiled a communication gap.
I am JoAnne Martone. I currently serve as a co-chair of the Professional Staff Union. I have been with the University since 1999.