Category: News & Events

  • Cherish Act Events

    Cherish Act Events

    It is important we show the legislature how important equity in Higher Ed is to our community, please consider attending these upcoming Cherish Act events if you are available! Legislative Luncheon TimeMonday, January 29, 202412 – 1:30pm EST LocationBridgewater State University131 Summer StBallroomBridgewater, MA 02324 Join the Bridgewater State University and Massachusetts Maritime communities as…

  • Cost of Living Increases and Retro Payments – December 2023

    Cost of Living Increases and Retro Payments – December 2023

    From the Office of the Comptroller: Cost of Living Increases, Retro Payments will be processed simultaneously; paychecks issues with a check date of Friday, December 22. Due to the Legislature’s recent enactment and Governor’s signature of the Closeout Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, the Office of the Comptroller will process collectively bargained cost-of-living adjustments…

  • President’s Message: December 4, 2023

    President’s Message: December 4, 2023

    Hello APA Members, Our contracts have passed the State Legislature!  Thanks to our advocacy, as a union, as unions working together across industries and across the state, 116 representatives showed up today, during an informal session, and DID THEIR JOB!  They had the votes to certify they had a quorum of members to vote on…

  • President’s Message: December 1, 2023

    President’s Message: December 1, 2023

    Hello APA Members, Yesterday was a great day in Union Solidarity, as Higher Education unions including APA, MSCA, AFSCME, and unions representing members at the community colleges and the UMASS system all demonstrated at Noon yesterday in protest of the delay of our contracts being funded.  Please check our website,, for links to the media…

  • November 30 Demonstrations

    November 30 Demonstrations

    On Thursday, state university employees on campuses across the Commonwealth gathered to urge the state Legislature to fund the already negotiated and ratified contracts for 60,000 state employees, including 15,000 MTA higher ed members. Photo Highlights News Articles

  • Letter From APA Executive Board

    Letter From APA Executive Board

    November 21, 2023 Hello APA Members, Yesterday was a great day for Massachusetts union solidarity. APA joined thousands of union workers across the state from many different state departments who showed up to make it clear that our contracts need to be funded.  Our very own Susan McNeil, State-wide VP and MassArt Chapter President, did…

  • President’s Message: November 9, 2023

    President’s Message: November 9, 2023

    Hello APA Members!   Thanks to the efforts of our APA Executive Board and APA members across the state, our state representatives heard our requests, pleas, demands for the APA and MSCA contracts to be added to the closeout budget bill.  The APA and MSCA contracts were both added to an amendment to House Bill…

  • President’s Message: September 1, 2023

    President’s Message: September 1, 2023

    Hello APA Members,  The Executive Board of the APA has reached tentative agreement with the representatives of the Board of Higher Education and the Council of Presidents for a one-year extension of our current collective bargaining agreement.  This agreement will include an important retroactive 4% raise on July 1, 2023, and 4% on January 1, 2024.  This…

  • President’s Message: March 2023

    President’s Message: March 2023

    Greetings APA Members, It looks like Spring is finally here, and after the last bits of winter we had recently, I for one am ready for it. I hope everyone is looking forward to upcoming celebrations for our students later this spring. I write to tell you about some exciting changes in the APA. Thanks…

  • Bylaw Vote: Results

    Bylaw Vote: Results

    Thank you to everyone that participated in our bylaw changes vote.  We have accepted the changes to our bylaws that now permit executive board meeting minutes approval by email, Chapter Vice Presidents to represent their Chapter when their Chapter President is unable to attend our Executive Board meetings, and expand who is considered part of…