The University Staff Association (USA) is the collective bargaining agent under Massachusetts law (Chapter 150E) for about 1,000 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 Univ. of Mass. system, with five campuses around the state.
USA is affiliated with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) , the largest union in Massachusetts with over 114,000 members, and the National Education Association (NEA) that is also the largest in the nation, with over 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 committees within that structure. General Membership meetings are open to all members, as is the USA Annual Meeting.