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Nuts & Bolts: Our Raises, State House Rally, Release Time, and PMYR


Dear Members, 

Raises: Thank You for Your Actions.

Thank you to all who emailed or called your representative and/or senator.  

I cannot remember when the state legislature did not pass a supplemental budget, especially one that contained employee raises.  I am frustrated and I know you are.   We need to tell them how we feel.

To Call: You may use this script when calling your legislator. 

To Email:  Use this link. All you need to do is a couple of clicks.

Today:  State House Rally and Press Conference

Join with other state unions (AFSCME, SEIU, NAGE and MTA) to demand legislators do their job and pass the supplemental budget!  

Want to attend?

It is not too late.  Please register (free) for all the details.

11AM in the House and Senate galleries.  Let’s fill the seats to show we mean business.

12PM on the State House steps for a press conference and rally. 

Nov 20th Release Time: Librarians and Faculty on Academic Year Contracts

The FSU asked and received an affirmative that you may take leave today from 10:30AM to 1:00PM to attend State House events. Please contact your supervisor this morning.   You must personally request and receive supervisory approval beforehand.

Seeking Chancellor Support for Our Raises

Friday afternoon, we joined with the Classified Staff Union and Professional Staff Union is asking the Chancellor to publicly support our fight to get our raises.

Chancellor Suárez-Orozco,  

We ask you to join in solidarity with UMB faculty, staff and librarians and publicly state your support demanding the state legislature fund our contracts.   

As you are aware, Wednesday evening, the legislature failed to vote to adopt Governor Healey’s supplemental budget which contains the one-year 2023-2024 collective bargaining agreements for four UMB unions.   Each union negotiated their contract in good faith with your administration.  Both sides worked hard this summer to complete negotiations of the one-year agreements with an understanding our contracts would be funded in the summer.

Today, five months later, union members are having to fight to receive our raises while continuing to do our jobs. 

We ask you to support UMB employees in securing our raises. We ask you to tell House and Senate leadership that UMB works because we do.  Every day we do our jobs, we are not to be treated as pawns in a political game. 

Transportation Bargaining: Session Postponed

Today’s 11:00AM-12:30AM Transportation Bargaining with administration is postponed so that the bargainers can attend the State House events.  We will inform you when we are back at the table.

Periodic Multi-year Review (PMYR)

If you underwent PMYR in AY 2022-23 and have not received your professional development funds, please contact us.

Mark Your Calendar: International Faculty Gathering, December 6th 9AM, ISC 1-1400

Join with other international faculty to mingle and discuss issues of concerns.  

MTA Membership Benefit: Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Online only, for a $5 discount on each lift ticket. Additionally, a discount on the Learn to Ski/Snowboard Package is available which consists of a discounted package for beginner skiers and riders, including a Lower Mountain Lift Ticket, ski or board rental and group lesson.  For more details log into your MTA Benefits account (

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Caroline Coscia                                 

FSU President                                   

Senior Lecturer II                               

Political Science Department