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Grad students strike a contract with administration

Thursday, April 24, 2008

University officials have just announced the tentative agreement between the administration and the Graduate Employment Office for a tentative 14-month contract.
While GEO has ratified the agreement, the contract must now be approved by the Board of Trustees.

"We’re happy to have negotiating wrapped up after 15 months of bargaining," said Aaron Winslow, vice president of GEO in a statement. "The GEO leadership and bargaining committee were very pleased to bring this contract to our members for ratification."

The contract covers from July 1, 2007 to August 30, 2008 and includes a stipend increase of 2.5 percent - taking effect on August 13, 2008 and covers the entire 2008 fiscal year - and funds set aside to raise the lowest school and college minimum stipends for graduate employees. The agreement further includes a $400 signing bonus for those graduate student employees eligible.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with our graduate student employees who play an important role in the success of our academic community," said University Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski in a statement.

Negotiations for a new contract have been ongoing since the last contract expired on June 30, 2007. GEO has held several rallies to put pressure on the University throughout the academic year as negotiations for a new contract have drawn on for almost a year.

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