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Massachusetts Society of Professors

The Union of Faculty and Librarians at UMass Amherst

Contract Bargaining

Union members spilling out of a packed Cape Cod Lounge at an all union bargaining update meeting Fall 2017

Your MSP bargaining team last met with the administration on 4/5/2018. Although we have made progress on some small issues, the administration seems unwilling to seriously compromise on the priorities that matter most to faculty and librarians. After surveying our members on a wide range of issues last fall, we narrowed our focus to the top priorities that mattered most to the greatest number of people. None of the MSP’s demands are extraordinary or expensive or difficult to achieve.

The MSP Executive Committee, Board, and Bargaining Team is planning an action that will communicate to the administration how important these issues are to faculty and librarians.

4/12/18 Meeting with the Administration to Discuss the Status of Negotiations:  The Chancellor and Provost have agreed to meet with concerned MSP members on April 12 to talk about the status of negotiations.  We are asking people to meet at 1:30pm in Campus Center Room 904-908 before the administration arrives, so that we can give you a brief bargaining update and plan our message. The Provost and the Chancellor will arrive shortly after 2:00pm. It is so important that the administration hears directly from faculty and librarians about the things that matter most to you.  If you are able to attend and are willing to speak briefly on an issue that matters to you please RSVP and send a draft of a short statement to  

Previous bargaining updates:
3/27/2018 (Email to members engaged in contract bargaining campaign)
2/21/2018 (All unit email to membership)
9/26/2017 (Powerpoint from all union meeting)
9/5/2017 (Bargaining update from UMass Unions United)
6/23/2017 (All unit email to membership)
11/28/2016 (All unit email to membership)