GEO members lined halls of Palmer Commons on Monday, February 24! HR had to pass through a sea of signs to enter the bargaining session. We had record-breaking observer attendance in the session itself, showing our members’ strong support for the bargaining team.
In response to past rejections, our bargaining team passed back counter offers on employee training and protections against sexual harassment. For the latter, we are proposing streamlined Office for Institutional Equity reporting procedures, protections for graduate workers who go on extended field visits in isolated locations, and updated definitions of discrimination and harassment (to bring them more in line with current best practice and with the University’s own new Umbrella policy).
Our bargaining team also rejected HR’s proposal to require graduate employees to disclose felony history, which will lead to discrimination. Across the table, HR didn’t ask any questions and was less responsive than they have been in the past. But we are hoping to get their response soon! The session concluded with a caucus discussion among our team about how to move forward.