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Massachusetts Society of Professors

The Union of Faculty and Librarians at UMass Amherst

Contract Bargaining

2024-2027 Successor Contract Bargaining

We had our first bargaining session for our successor contract on February 7th, 2024.  MSP's team, in alphabetical order, consists of: Kate Hudson (College of Education), Marc Liberatore (CICS), Lori Reardon (MSP Senior Staff), Sigrid Schmalzer (History/HFA), Katie D'Urso (MTA) and Jeremy Smith (Libraries). We introduced ourselves, agreed to ground rules, and presented our principles, including our commitments to fair compensation, equity, sustainability, high-quality and well-rounded education for our students, and more. In the ground rules, we have agreed to meet every two weeks and to submit all new proposals by March 27, after which we will continue to meet until we have a deal in place.

One of our goals is to strive to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement in a timely fashion and MSP will use the power of our strong union membership to bring our members to the table to speak on particular issues when needed.  

2024-2027 Bargaining Themes and Principals

Latest Bargaing Update


Bargaining continues! The parties met again on Wednesday, April 17th to exchange and discuss counter-proposals.  Our goal remains to settle a strong contract before our current contract expires this summer.

There are several crucial administration counter-proposals we have not yet received—most importantly, their salary and economic proposal. Among our highest priorities in this round of bargaining are robust increases to long-stagnant salary floors and promotional increments, appropriate across-the-board raises to keep up with inflation, and retroactive merit. Given the campus’s extremely strong financial position (a $112M budget surplus in FY23 [1]), we expect a serious reply to our proposals.  Other unions across the state have already negotiated economics at the table, and so we expect our administration’s economic proposal soon.

We will be meeting near-weekly with the administration in May, and will continue to keep you updated—and to ask for your help and testimony!—as we continue our work.

In solidarity,
Jeremy Smith
Kate Hudson
Marc Liberatore
Sigrid Schmalzer
Katie D’Urso
Lori Reardon

[1] page 8, linked from

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