8.1 Unions Representing Service Staff at the Institute

This policy was last updated August 30, 2023. See the update history page for more information.

Identified below are the unions that represent the Service Staff at the Institute. As noted in the Welcome page of this Manual, some of the policies in the Manual apply to employees who are represented at the Institute by labor unions. In the event of any discrepancy between the Manual as it applies to these employees and the applicable labor agreements, the latter shall govern.

Included in this section on Labor Relations is information directed toward the responsibilities of supervisors and union representatives in the conduct of union business, and the relationship that exists between the unions and the Institute. This information should be helpful in answering general questions which might arise concerning that relationship. Elsewhere in this Section are definitions of the supervisor's responsibility as an agent of the Institute in fulfilling its contractual commitments (Section 8.2, Collective Bargaining) and the matter of rights and obligations of supervisors and union officials with regard to time off by union officials for the conduct of union business (Section 8.3, Relations with Union Representatives). For more information or guidance about service staff at MIT, contact the Office of Labor Relations in Human Resources.

  • Service Employees' International Union, Local 32BJ
    An international union representing maintenance and service employees in the Facilities Department, the dormitories, the Medical Department, and the Athletic Department.
  • Research, Development and Technical Employees' Union
    An independent union representing laboratory service personnel throughout the Institute, principally technicians, machinists, mechanics, stock clerks, drivers, laboratory aids, and others, in one bargaining unit for Campus and Lincoln Laboratory employees.
  • The Security Officers' Independent Union
    An independent union of guard personnel representing employees who hold guard positions at Lincoln Laboratory.
  • MIT Campus Police Association
    An independent union representing the police officers in the Campus Police Department of the Institute.
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 93, Local 2353
    An international union representing non-professional library employees at the Institute’s library locations.
  • Facility Services Independent Union
    An independent union representing maintenance and service employees at Lincoln Laboratory and the Haystack Observatory.

Graduate student positions represented by United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE-MITGSU) are described in Policies & Procedures Section 8, Graduate Student Appointments, and are not considered service staff.