Visitors To UMass Dartmouth Greeted By Picket Line
A picket line that union officials say included more than 100 people greeted prospective students and their parents Saturday at the entrance of UMass Dartmouth.
The five unions on campus are demanding that employees be paid all of the money owed them in contracts that were finalized months ago.
Susan Krumholz is president of the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation. She tells WBSM News, "they have our money. If they say they don't then they've used it for something else and we deserve it. That's our money and we work hard. We deserve those raises."
UMass Dartmouth spokesman John Hoey says the university does not have the money to fully fund the contracts. He says a portion of those raises will be included in pay checks starting May 3rd, but the rest will have to come in a supplimental budget that the University System is working on with the legislature.
He added the union's picketing was "disappointing" on a day when the spotlight should be on families visiting the university.