With an emphasis on total compensation rather than a 5 percent wage increase, the Graduate Employees Union struck a tentative agreement with MSU on a three-year contract Tuesday.
MSU students could see their teaching assistants deliver a different kind of lecture today — one led not from podiums and chalkboards, but from bullhorns and banners. Following a 24-hour online vote, about 81 percent of the Graduate Employees Union’s nearly 900 eligible members voted in favor of staging a one-day walkout if a contract was not reached early this morning.
The Graduate Employees Union took one step closer to their proposed one-day walkout Sunday by approving a ballot sent to all members that could authorize the job action. If approved – and if a contract has not been reached before then – the walkout would take place at 6 a.m. Tuesday, with members present at nine picket lines placed strategically around campus.
Jana Simmons’ day usually starts at 7 a.m. After dressing and feeding her 15-month-old daughter Angela, she drops her off in a Lansing daycare before returning to the MSU biochemical department where she works as a research assistant.
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