GEO Strike Ends with New Five-Year Contract

Mar 12, 2018

Members of the Graduate Employees' Union attend a meeting. (File photo.)
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Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization, or GEO, voted Friday to ratify a new five-year contract. The contract puts an end to the nearly two-week-long strike that cancelled hundreds of classes and caused dozens more to be relocated.

 

GEO co-president Gus Wood says they weren’t going to give up until they got guaranteed tuition waivers for all graduate workers.

 

“We demanded a fair contract and we ended up with a very good contract that went above and beyond what we initially set out to get.” Wood says.

 

The new contract comes with additional provisions, including a wage increase, lower health insurance costs, and more flexible parental leave. Among the concessions to the university, the contract allows some flexibility for departments to create new revenue-generating programs.

 

The University issued a statement saying the new contract finds common ground between administrators and the GEO.