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U-M requesting independent factfinder to resolve GEO strike

GEO members on strike on the University of Michigan campus.
Colin Jackson
GEO members on strike on the University of Michigan campus.

The ongoing strike between the University of Michigan and one of its unions could soon be entering a new phase.

U-M is asking the state to bring in an independent factfinder to help resolve the ongoing dispute between it and the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO.

U-M and GEO have been negotiating a new contract since November, and a lack of progress prompted GEO to go on strike in March.

Rick Fitzgerald is U-M’s Vice President for Public Affairs.

“We’re at that point where we’ve exhausted other measures, and we think fact-finding may be helpful in getting us to an agreement on a new contract."

Fitzgerald says the fact-finding process could take several months to complete.

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