U-M negotiators presented the University’s counteroffer to our salary proposals today. Their offer for a 3 percent annual increase in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, for three years, would place us far below a salary that would address the rising affordability crisis graduate students face–and is below half of what we asked for. Their proposal also fails to deliver pay parity for graduate workers at U-M Flint.
U-M’s HR team also rejected our proposal for expanding the number of GSSAs (graduate student staff assistants) implementing U-M’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives (DEI) and creating GSSA positions to help implement U-M’s climate and sustainability goals.
GEO also received responses to our paid leave proposals. U-M HR rejected our proposal to expand bereavement leave and rejected our proposals for professional development leave and leave for graduate workers undergoing criminal proceedings. While U-M HR also rejected our proposal for extended surgical leave, they offered the possibility of expanding medical leave for graduate workers, which could address the needs of our surgical leave proposal.
While the proposal for expanded medical leave is encouraging, the flat-out rejection of important proposals and far from sufficient salary increase numbers mean bargaining will continue into March. #ContractThatWorks #GEO3550