GEO Negotiations

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The relationship between University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) is one of the oldest among graduate employee unions in the U.S., and we are proud that contracts with GEO rank among the very best in the nation. The university’s bargaining team is guided in negotiations with GEO by core principles. These principles are instrumental in a long history of reaching successful agreements between U-M and the unions represented at the university.  

Guiding Principles

  • We recognize the essential contributions of graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants and honor the rights of workers to bargain collectively. 
  • We are committed to bargaining in good faith on all bargainable issues such as wages, hours and working conditions; on issues beyond the scope of contract, the university supports dialogue through other venues.
  • We commit to a collaborative negotiation process that supports creative problem solving and frank discussion, and that fosters dignity and respect for all parties.
  • We see continuity of instruction and support for students as a core university responsibility, one that requires us to consider impacts on our undergraduate students. 

U-M is grateful to have a positive relationship with graduate student instructors, who are valued and vital members of our community as partners to faculty, and teachers and mentors to undergraduates. Past contracts have provided graduate employees with many mutually beneficial agreements, and we are confident that current negotiations will lead to a strong, fair, and forward-looking contract agreement that builds on GEO’s current contract.

Features of the Current GEO Contract

  • Most GSIs are appointed at 50% effort, which is the equivalent of 16-20 hours per week
  • Total pay for two, four-month semesters at 50% effort: $24,050 (equivalent to $72,155.20 full time annual pay)
  • Tuition waiver: Up to $12,947 per semester for in-state students, up to $26,062 per semester for out-of-state students
  • Childcare subsidy for student parents, per semester:
    • $3,043 for one child
    • $5,029 for two children
    • $6,631 for three or more children
  • Comprehensive health insurance: no monthly premium