UMPSA Universities of Maine Professional Staff Association Orono, Presque Isle, Machias, Augusta, Fort Kent, Portland, Farmington


Universities of Maine Professional Staff Association

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are my options regarding joining/not joining UMPSA?

As a condition of employment, all employees must choose one of the following three options:

  1. Membership in UMPSA
    This option provides full benefits and free representation. 

  2. Payment to UMPSA of representation fee
    This option provides free representation only and costs approximately 90% of the regular membership.

  3. Exclusion from the first two options
    In this option you pay no dues or representation fees, however, you must pay UMPSA an hourly fee if you need representation.

Q:  How much are the monthly union dues?

  • Employees earning $42,430 or more: $61.00
  • Employees earning less than $42,430: $31.71

2023-2024 Membership Dues (pdf)

Q:  What is the strongest argument for becoming a member of UMPSA?

Simple -- every important aspect of your job is negotiated by UMPSA on your behalf.
United, We Bargain. Divided We Beg. Do you really think you will do better against the UMS on your own? Do you know anyone who has? Exactly.

Every workplace condition has been negotiated, not offered willingly.

Wages, healthcare, annual and sick leave, retirement plan, tuition waiver and every workplace condition all have to be negotiated and approved by UMPSA members. Joining our union is your power.

Isn’t it in your own best interest, and the interest of your family, to have the strongest union possible fighting on your behalf? The more members we have the more influence we have in negotiations with the University of Maine System.