After 44 years here, more and more I see the union offering the possibility of the freshest and most unified voice we as faculty can have here at UMass. The FSU doesn’t owe anything to anybody – except to us, and the real commitment we have to our students, the communities we serve, our professional fields of knowledge, and the university mission. Even with the union, as we see with the recently-announced unilateral GIC plan to disrupt our health care arrangements, we are actually quite vulnerable as public-sector workers. Under Trump, we are also entering into a dangerous era for all organized public sector workers. We need an even stronger union that fosters more faculty participation and dialogue, includes everyone, and offers a clear voice on the many long-term problems that still trouble UMB.