My name is Court Cline, and I am the Union Representative for the Resident Assistant Unit of UAW Local 2322 (RAU/UAW), the Union that represents all RAs and Peer Mentors at UMass-Amherst. Since April 2015, we have been bargaining a new RAU/UAW contract with the UMass administration. Although your bargaining team initially made some progress … Continue reading
“The 31st Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival will be held, as always, on Labor Day. This year on Monday, September 7th, 2015! It is a FREE, open air, labor and social justice event, on the Lawrence Common, from noon to 5:00 PM Enjoy an eclectic day of musical, dance, and theatrical performances from a … Continue reading
Enroll for dental and vision insurance, wellness reimbursements for gym and exercise fees, eat free food, win raffle prizes, and more! … Continue reading
UMass Residential Life employs about 400 Resident Assistants (RAs) and Peer Mentors (PMs) to provide live-in services and programming to dorm residents. RAs and PMs are unionized members of UAW Local 2322.
When RAs/PMs are fired by UMass, they aren’t just out of a job, but also lose their University-provided housing. Despite the severe consequences, UMass has in the past refused to agree to guarantee even the most minimal due process. RAs/PMs are entitled to appeal discipline, but aren’t provided with any hearing or even allowed to present their appeal in-person! The decision by the Residence Director is final and there is no right to review by a neutral third party. These are basic rights that every other employee at UMass takes for granted.Continue reading