Update on labor negotiations

As you may know, members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization, the labor union representing about 2,300 part-time employees who work as graduate student instructors (GSIs) and graduate student staff assistants (GSSAs) across the University of Michigan’s three campuses, walked off the job starting March 29.

The University of Michigan has submitted a petition to the state to initiate the fact-finding process in an effort to resolve its ongoing contractual dispute with the Graduate Employees’ Organization. The university’s petition for fact finding comes six months after bargaining began and five days after its negotiating team provided GEO with a comprehensive package in response to all outstanding issues.

The package, delivered May 12, includes the university’s increased compensation offer, as well as offers for all other articles and memoranda of understanding left unsettled after nearly six months of contract negotiations with the union.

As of May 17, more than 95% of winter term grades had been submitted, according to the Office of the Registrar. The large majority of classes still outstanding are independent study and study-abroad courses that customarily arrive later than usual.

Read more about the fact-finding process and end-of-term grades in the University Record. 

You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about the status of negotiations between U-M and GEO on University Human Resources’ website.