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Striking graduate workers to submit counteroffer to University of Michigan

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

The University of Michigan had offered a 20% pay raise over a three-year period for workers on Ann Arbor’s campus. This was on Aug. 2.

In a vote last night, nearly three-quarters of the Graduate Employees’ Organization voted to submit a counterproposal.

They were satisfied with the offered pay raise. Now, they are requesting changes for more marginalized members, such as an expansion of disability accommodations.

Amir Fleischmann is a spokesperson for GEO. He says that these requests are low-cost.

“And I think they’re very much in line with the university’s big commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

They will be presenting their counteroffer to Human Resources today.

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Victoria Smith is a senior at Eastern Michigan University who is studying media studies and journalism. In addition to working as a summer intern at WEMU, she is the content editor for The Eastern Echo.
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