The University Staff Association (USA) is the collective bargaining agent under Massachusetts law (Chapter 150E) for about 850 classified employees (Clerical, Technical, and Administrative) on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in the town of Amherst, ~90 miles west of Boston. Amherst is the “flagship” campus (with about half the students) of the University of Massachusetts system, with five primary campuses around the state.
USA is affiliated with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) , the largest union in Massachusetts with over 110,000 members, and the National Education Association (NEA) that is also the largest in the nation and represents more than 3 million members. The USA/MTA – NEA charter was established on December 22, 1980.
USA is governed by an Executive Committee and General Board of 12 elected members, with a Stewards Council of 12 elected Stewards. There are several standing committees within that structure. General Membership meetings are open to all members as is the USA Annual Meeting.