by the GEO COVID Caucus May 14, 2020 In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Michigan’s administration has been quick to assert the need for austerity. However, we know almost nothing about U-M’s actual financial situation. This top-down
GEO’s COVID-19 Caucus just delivered an open letter to U-M admin signed by 1700+ grad workers, faculty allies, & community members demanding essential protections for grad workers during this pandemic. Read our op-ed in The Michigan Daily.
At Wednesday’s remote bargaining session, our Bargaining Team passed across the table multiple counter offers targeting various issues within our platform. There were some productive discussions with Academic HR about access to gender-inclusive restrooms and about protections against chronic GSI overwork. In stark contrast,
HR responded disappointingly to several of our major proposals at Monday’s bargaining session. They walked back several proposals on hours protections for GSIs and are falling short of what we hope for on this issue. HR also rejected the team’s proposals for tuition
Today the team passed across counters on Salaries, including hours, Employee Rights, including gender inclusive restroom access, and more language on protections re: sexual misconduct and disability accommodations. The team made some concessions that they hope will mean we see