MSP’s Co-Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer make up the Executive Committee, informally known as MSP officers. They set the agenda for the Executive Board, evaluate priorities and plans, and oversee the MSP budget and operations. MSP officers are elected by the membership at the spring General Assembly membership meeting. Officers meet separately from the Executive Board during alternate weeks on Wednesday from 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. The Executive Committee also meets with the Chancellor and Provost once a month to discuss important issues raised by faculty and librarians. Officers serve two-year terms.
Labor Center/Sociology, Thompson Hall, 7-0458
Computer Science, Computer Science Bldg, 5-3061
Collection Services, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 7-1026
History, Herter Hall, 5-6776
TECS, Furcolo Hall, 5-9392
English, South College, 5-5495
Communication Disorders, Communication Disorders Building #315, 5-4007
Educational Policy, Research and Admin, Furcolo Hall, 7-3148
The MSP Executive Board is the decision-making body of the union. Executive Board members are elected at the spring General Assembly membership meeting. Meetings are held every two weeks on Wednesday from 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. Board members serve three-year terms.
English, South College, 5-5518
Economics, Crotty Hall, 5-6329
Research & Learning Svcs, Libraries
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Knowles, 5-0401
Biology, Morrill 3, 5-2599
Labor Center/Sociology, Thompson Hall, 5-0577
History of Art & Architecture, South College, 5-8712
Afro-American Studies, New Africa House, 5-2751
Music and Dance, Fine Arts Center
Sociology, Thompson Hall
Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences Lab
Political Science, Thompson Hall, 5-0406
English, South College
Biology, Morrill III South, 5-2775
History, Herter Hall, 5-2751
Math & Stats, LGRT, 5-0999
History, Herter Hall
Department Representatives and Activists
The MSP Department Reps and Activists are the first line of communication between what is happening in departments and the union. We rely on Reps and Activists to bring to the MSP issues that matter to faculty and librarians, while also letting our members know what the union is planning and how members can be involved. Department Reps and Activists help MSP advance our mission as a social justice union to fight for more than just bread-and-butter issues, and to be engaged and involved in issues affecting our students and our community.
Contact the MSP Office for information on current department reps or if you are interested in representing MSP in your department.
Contract Bargaining Team and Support Committees
Every three years, the MSP elects a Contract Bargaining Team to negotiate the successor collective bargaining agreement. This small group of faculty and librarians sits across the table from the administration, negotiates, and discusses any proposed changes to the contract. At the same time, Bargaining Support Committees are responsible for working on specific issues, formulating bargaining proposals, and mobilizing people to support our positions.
The Contract Bargaining Team for the 2023-2026 contract in alphabetical order, consists of: Kate Hudson (College of Education), Marc Liberatore (CICS), Lori Reardon (MSP Senior Staff), Sigrid Schmalzer (History/HFA), Brendan Sharkey (MTA) and Jeremy Smith (Libraries).
Several faculty members serve as Faculty Advocates. Formerly known as the Grievance Committee, this group works closely with individual faculty who are experiencing problems or trying to avoid potential problems in the workplace. Faculty Advocates often accompany our colleagues to meetings, strategize about resolving concerns, and serve as liaisons with the MSP to support our members.
If assistance is needed, the MSP will pair members up with a Faculty Advocate. Current Faculty Advocates are: Luke Bouvier (French and Italian), Erik Cheries (Psychological and Brain Sciences), Steve Eyles (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Josh Michal (Music and Dance), Emily Hamilton (History), Kate Hudson (Educational Policy, Research & Administration), Melanie Radik (Libraries) and Caroline Yang (English).
Brendan is our MTA Consultant assigned to represent MSP. He assists our local with contract language enforcement through both informal and formal processes and connects us to important MTA initiatives.
MSP Senior Staff
Lori assists and informs individual bargaining unit members regarding a wide range of issues related to their rights, benefits and working conditions under the union contract. She works with UMass administrators to enforce contracts and resolve issues informally. She also sits at the bargaining table and serves as a resource in MSP contract negotiations and campaigns. Lori coordinates and facilitates workshops for members (tenure, promotion, personnel committee, PMYR, etc.) and is an invaluable resource for any tenure related questions.
Brian recruits new members and union activists in order to build and strengthen the union. He works on organizing initiatives and coordinates member outreach during campaigns. He conducts new employee union orientations and assists new and current employees with membership questions and concerns. Brian also meets with and helps problem-solve workplace issues for MSP’s non-tenure track faculty members and provides staff support to MSP leaders responsible for union governance.
MSP Membership Coordinator
Alisa maintains and updates the union’s membership records. She processes payroll deductions in coordination with HR and acts as the liaison between MSP and MTA with regard to collection of member dues/fees. Alisa assists members with questions and issues specific to invoices, payroll deduction and membership status.