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UMB community meeting this Wed and other news


Dear Colleague,

We hope you have a restful long weekend.  We want to alert you about this event on Wednesday: 

UMB Community Meeting:  this Wednesday, April 18, from 12 to 2pm in Campus Center Ballroom A.  We will be discussing the UMass Mt. Ida Acquisition, parking fee increases, budget cuts to Centers and Institutes, and providing debt relief to UMB, and on how we can Stand up for UMass Boston at this key juncture.  Let us know if you are willing to say a two-minute testimonial on any of these issues.  The FSU Event Page for this is here.  Please attend! 

We have heard from many of you about the Mount Ida acquisition.  Here’s an update:

  • The Board of Higher Education will be meeting on this on Tuesday, April 24.  You will be able to give public comment at this meeting, and we hope you do.  We have yet to hear back on the specific role of this Board in this purchase but hear that this will be defined for them at this meeting.   
  • The Senate will hold hearings on this as well (see here for more).
  • We will inform you when we have more information on all of these. 

See articles here, here, here, and here on this issue.    

We will keep you informed on what you can do and what we will be doing in coalition with others.  Please let us know your concerns as well.    

►Parking bargaining:  Let us know If you are willing to give testimony in bargaining on how their proposed parking fee increase will impact you or your students.  For those of you opposing the parking fee increase who have yet to do so, please sign and circulate this petition here.

► RES Funds:   You should have heard by now the amount you should be receiving. 


For FSU members in good standing--



  • The FSU Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 2nd, 12 noon (room to be determined). We will send an agenda and post this online. 


  •  BE AN MTA DELEGATE—let us know by Tuesday


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, and 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.  Click here for more info.

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

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