The Faculty Staff Union of UMass Boston
Welcome to the FSU Site. Here you will find important information about our union, including the contract, a list of officers and Executive Committee members, the FSU office telephone number and our address. You will also find information about current issues. Please be sure to check the site regularly for the most recent issues facing our unit. We also have provided links to related sites that you may find useful for union issues and for professional activities.
Catherine Lynde, President
Dear FSU member,
The Fall 2013 edition of Union News is hot off the presses (look for a hard copy within the next few days in your campus mailbox). It includes important deadlines as well as feature articles, interviews, and updates on:
Recent legislation threatening to drastically erode retiree health benefits: How our campus unions have responded and what you can do to join the fight.
The wave of adjunct organizing taking place on campuses throughout Greater Boston.
This is updated information for those of you in the optional retirement system who may be thinking about switching to the state pension system. This information was sent by the department of higher ed to all HR departments. Please note that ‘Section 60’ refers to the portion of the Pension Reform Act of 2011 that allows for the transfer from ORP to SERS (you can get more information here: http://www.mass.edu/foremployees/orp/section60.asp).
We’ve told you about the attempt to allow members to switch from the defined contribution (ORP) to the defined benefit (SERS) pension systems. The info below describes a great step forward by the community college union officer, Donnie McGee, who has led this effort.
This is what we know now; we’ll update you with any new information as soon as we get it.