PSU Newsletter

New Bargaining Team

PSU negotiating committee members
January 31, 2020

By Iris Jenkins, PSU member

In September, PSU in Amherst and Boston elected members to serve on the negotiating committee for the next contract.The current contract expires June 30, 2020. The committee will soon begin preparing for negotiation sessions with management, which are set to start in the new year.

New PSU Member Profile: Pa Tamba Ngom

Pa Tamba Ngom joined PSU Amherst in June 2019
January 22, 2020

By Iris Jenkins, PSU member

Pa Tamba Ngom joined PSU Amherst in June 2019 after accepting a position as manager of laboratory instructions in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He comes to PSU with experience in leadership roles within unions in his native country The Gambia as well as the UK. While Ngom is not new to unions, PSU is his first union membership in the U.S. For Ngom, unions provide a means of connecting with others as well as a platform for voicing concerns and working towards resolving important issues as a team. He says, “What you can do on your own, the union can do better with you.” He is enthusiastic about using his experience to contribute to PSU’s efforts around diversity and inclusion. He is also interested in initiating a PSU mentoring/support program for international PSU members that may have unique needs associated with their international status ...

PSU Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Over Privatization of Jobs

Department of Labor Relations illustration
December 17, 2019

By Liz Smith, PSU member 

After months of stalled negotiations, in June PSU filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state Department of Labor Relations over the issue of converting PSU positions to jobs with a private nonprofit organization. Specifically, the complaint requests that more than 20 positions currently housed under the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation (UMAF), the private fundraising arm of the campus, be returned to PSU. 

PSU Speech to University Trustees

December 17, 2019

Argyres Gives ‘Em Hell—Again

Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of the speech delivered by Anneta Argyres, president of PSU Boston, September 5 to the UMass Board of Trustees.

At nearly every Board of Trustees meeting since 2016 at least one of your employees from UMass Boston has come before you to explain the impacts cuts are having on our campus and to plead for you to take action.

PSU Delegates attend 2019 MTA Annual Meeting

MTA Annual Meeting delegates from PSU support public education funding
June 21, 2019

PSU Amherst and Boston members, serving as delegates to the Massachusetts Teachers Association Annual Meeting, gathered May 3 in front of the Fund Our Future booth to show support for the campaign to increase funding for public education, from pre-k to higher education by $1.5 billion a year.

News from Retreat

50 PSU Amherst members gathered in February to brainstorm ways to make our union stronger
June 21, 2019

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.