About Us

University Staff United is a new union of and for staff at the University of Michigan. We believe in democratic decision-making and we promote the idea that staff should have an equal seat at the table when decisions are made that affect our jobs. Together through USU, we can use our collective power to gain a voice for ourselves, claim the respect we deserve, and achieve material improvements in our lives and in our work.

We are staff on all three UM campuses and in many roles.

AFT Michigan, the state organization of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is a union of education and healthcare workers at institutions across the state. University Staff United is partnering with AFT Michigan to build a strong local union with deep ties to other workers at the University of Michigan and in our surrounding communities. In addition to USU, several other unions at UM are affiliated with AFT Michigan: LEO, the union of nontenure-track facultyGEO, the union of graduate student employees; UPAMM, the union of physician assistants; and UMMAP, a new and expanding union of healthcare workers. Each of those local unions is independent, run by its own members — and our union is run by staff. We decide for ourselves what changes we want to see in our workplaces, and what action we’ll take to achieve our goals. AFT Michigan provides us with valuable support, advice and training based in experience, and the solidarity of a connection to the larger labor movement.

We are! USU is by and for staff, and we will succeed if we all step up to build this community. You can get connected by filling out this form and a member of the USU Organizing Committee will reach out to you. Here are just a few of the staff working to grow our union:

Ana Liuzzi
Associate Teacher
Towsley Children's House
Candice Everett
Academic Program Manager
LSA Biological Station
Nick Adams
Financial Specialist Senior
Michigan Medicine Pediatrics
Kit Parks
Studio Coordinator
Stamps School of Art & Design
Andy Brosius
Clinical Research Technician
Michigan Medicine, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
Rita Lee
Admissions Counselor
Stamps School of Art & Design
Anne Elias
Library Services Platform Training Manager
University Library, Collections Division, Technical Services
Alum Engagement Manager
LSA Opportunity Hub
Ariel Mallett
UM EdHub Project Manager
School of Education
Tom Carey
Information Resources Assistant Senior
Law Library
Autumn Kearney
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator
School of Education
Logan Fortino
Information Resources Assistant Sr
University Library
Katharine Korchnak
Academic Auditor
LSA: Student Academic Affairs
Merritt James
Associate Teacher
Towsley Children's House
Caroline L. Carter
Behavioral Scientist
Center for Academic Innovation
Nathan Sadowsky
Graduate Coordinator
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dan Meisler
Communications Specialist
Institute for Social Research
Jocilyn Wagner
Gift Coordinator and Resource Cataloger
University Library - Collections - Tech Services
Samuel Simpson
Resource Sharing Specialist
Lauren Day
Access and User Services Assistant
University Library
Kristen Adams
Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Katy Mattingly
Administrative Specialist
Institute for Social Research
Katie Prichard
Associate Registrar
Museum of Art
Todd Ziegler
Project Coordinator
LSA Sociology
Katie Beasley-Sriro
Program Manager
School of Social Work
Tim Golden
Academic Advisor
School of Education
Application Developer
Krysten Dorfman
Program Assistant
School of Education
Kaitlyn Havens
Salesforce Administrator
School of Education
Robert Bixler
Materials Resource Coordinator
Technical Services/Arrivals and Activations
Kellie Chestler-Root
Towsley Children's House