I strongly believe that living up to our urban mission as Boston’s only public institution of higher education depends on fostering a thriving union on our campus. Higher education faces unprecedented challenges. Devastating fiscal policies driven by privatization schemes have left faculty and staff in vulnerable positions. Our best recourse is maintaining a strong union that not only represents our interests at the bargaining table but also encourages members to see the union as theirs. My experience with unions began when I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I helped unionize graduate students, a campaign which we won. I believe my work with the GEO at UIC provided me with the kind of experience that will help me be an effective member of the FSU’s Executive Committee. I will work to get our employers to see that UMass Boston works only because we do.