GEO is in active impact bargaining with the university to ensure our members and the larger campus community is protected during this pandemic. Our current demands include GEO membership for summer workers to protect those workers who are losing their positions, extending our CAPS agreement and a guarantee not to raise tuition costs, protections for on-campus workers, and language that GEO workers will not suffer costs incurred by university decisions.
Please make sure to read our weekly Graduate Advocate emails to stay up to date, and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
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The CDU–A Caucus for a Democratic Union, a bloc of membership in the Faculty Staff Union–are working on a petition to push for UMass Boston to prioritize its students, employees, and community in this time of crisis. Faculty: Thank you for thinking of all of us!
The Text of CDU’s Petition
The Covid-19 Pandemic has claimed over 180,000 lives worldwide and disrupted the global economy, making “business as usual,” in every sense, neither possible nor desirable. UMass Boston, one of the great institutions for promoting equity in the Commonwealth, has already been severely impacted by the crisis:
Students are struggling to continue their education under extreme health and financial stress as they face job losses and rising healthcare costs at home.
Staff are struggling to keep themselves and the university afloat.
Faculty are working from home, teaching and mentoring students, many of whom are in crisis, while managing their own family obligations.
Communities of color and low-income communities–at the core of UMB’s Urban Mission–are being disproportionately affected.
In the face of this pandemic, we must be clear about our principles and values. While we are only at the beginning of this crisis, an extremely dynamic global situation, we must assume that as global and local economies continue to suffer so will our students.
We must therefore take a stand now, to reclaim the public commitments of our Urban Mission, reunite ourselves with the communities we serve, and declare:
1. Student fees and tuition must be waived for Fall 2020.
2. All jobs (including student employees, staff and all faculty) must be protected, without furloughs.
3. Class size must be preserved (or even reduced) to ensure students and faculty can succeed and flourish.
4. Public higher education must receive a robust federal and state bailout that also directly funds work study and internship programs linking students with community organizations and local businesses.