Top Social Menu


Picket tomorrow 8:30 to 9:30 in Boston


Dear Colleague,

Please join us tomorrow or Friday:

PICKET Tomorrow, Wed. April 4, 8:30—9:30 am, 1 Beacon Street (1 block from the Park Street T Station), Boston: Janelle Quarles, President of the Classified Staff Union, and Tom Kane, Director of the Joiner Center, will be addressing the Board of Trustees’ Administration and Finance Committee meeting on how the budget cuts have affected staff, students, and the university. 

  • Stop the cuts to UMB’s Centers and Institutes
  • Prevent $15/day parking fee hikes

For more information on the cuts to the Centers and Institutes, see this article from the Boston Globe.

This Friday, April 6, at 9 am:  Board of Trustees Meeting at Old Chapel, UMass Amherst, 144 Hicks Way.  Faculty Staff Union President Marlene Kim and Massachusetts Society of Professors Union President Eve Weinbaum along with other union leaders will be addressing the Board of Trustees regarding the deleterious effect of the budget cuts at UMB and urge fair collective bargaining contract settlements.  Join us if you can.  


For FSU members in good standing:


The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Annual meeting is Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2018, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA.  We will be electing the President and Vice-President of the MTA, so we are looking to fill our slate of 16 delegates plus alternates.  Voting for these positions will occur on Saturday, May 5.   Let the FSU know if you want to be a delegate or alternate, should a delegate be unable to attend (see here for more information).  The elected leaders of MTA make a difference, so we encourage you to participate. 



►Contact your legislators to win health care for adjuncts in state universities, community colleges, and all of the campuses of UMass.  H 4153 , An Act Investing in public higher education, formerly H 639, would provide adjunct faculty who teach at least 2 (3 credit) courses in a semester or 4 courses in an academic year (summed across all campuses in which they work) the same eligibility to employer sponsored health insurance as other workers. 

Contact your State Representative and State Senator (Click here to find your legislator) and ask them to support H 4153 An Act investing in public higher education. Ask your State Representative and State Senator to express their support for the bill with Committee  on Health Care Financing Chair (Senator James Welch), Vice Chairs Rep. Jeffrey Roy and Sen Joseph Boncore, and the House Speaker and Senate President. 

The union is only as strong as members are involved.  Let us know if you want to be involved in the union, serve on our membership drive, a committee, or help with any of these issues. If you have not yet joined as a full member we urge you to do so now! (contact the FSU office for membership materials).

Marlene Kim

FSU President

Professor, Economics

Check out the FSU Blog

Please “like” the  FSU Facebook Page

Follow us on Twitter at @FSU_UMB