Petition Closed

On September 13, 2013, the first designated payday of the fall session, 531 graduate student employees were not paid.  By September 21, 2013, twenty-one days following the start of the standard fall session graduate student employee work contract, at least 517 graduate student employees remained unpaid.  The response of UMass-Amherst administration up to this point of making emergency loans and emergency salary payments available has been inadequate and burdensome for graduate student employees. 

Letter to
Dean's Office Susan Chinman
I object that the University of Massachusetts administration did not pay employed graduate students for twenty-one days after the first pay period; violating Article 41 of the graduate employee contract as well as Massachusetts and Federal wage and hour laws. I believe this reflects poorly on the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the state's flagship educational institution that strives to create a healthy environment for students and workers. In addition, it contradicts the University of Massachesetts' mission "...to provide an affordable and accessible education."