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Graduate Employees Union at Michigan State University

 Collection
Identifier: LR001775
The collection contains the information about the organizing campaign of graduate students at Michigan State University. This is unique information about a ground up campaign with plenty of information about how to get members and organize them.

Important Subjects: Collective Bargaining – College Employees - Michigan Graduate Employee Unions Graduate students--Michigan

Dates

  • 1999 - 2002

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

The Graduate Employees Union at Michigan State University filed for union recognition on February 2, 2001 with the Michigan Employment Relations Committee. On March 22, 2001 the GEU-MSU held its first general membership meeting and by the following month on April 20th the union had won the collective bargaining election 662 to 192. In September 2001 the union and administration began contract talks. By the beginning of winter semester information pickets were a daily occurrence on campus. In March 2002 the membership of GEU-MSU voted to strike and the union did on April 25, 2002. The following day the administration agreed on a contract. This collection contains information about the organizing campaign of graduate students at Michigan State University.

History

The Graduate Employees Union at Michigan State University filed for union recognition on February 2, 2001 with the Michigan Employment Relations Committee. On March 22, 2001 the GEU-MSU held its first general membership meeting and by the following month on April 20th the union had won the collective bargaining election 662 to 192. At the March meeting the union formed a bargaining platform that focused on access to quality healthcare and a living wage; fair workloads and tuition waivers. Over the following months and into the summer the new union was forming the structure of internal operations to run a union as well as presenting issues to MSU administration.

In September 2001 the union and administration began contract talks. Months dragged on without any real progress. The new union held a grade-in in December to show the value of their work to the public, the administration and to the students. By the beginning of winter semester information pickets were a daily occurrence on campus. In March the membership of GEU-MSU voted to strike and the union did on April 25, 2002, the administration agreed on a contract the next day in which the union members would receive raises, and health care.

Arrangement

Folders arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The collection was deposited in the Reuther Library in 2002 by Scott Henkel.

Related Materials

Michigan Federation of Teachers Records, AFT President’s Office: Albert Shanker Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Daniel Golodner in May 2010.
Title
Guide to the Graduate Employees Union at Michigan State University
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Daniel Golodner.
Date
2010-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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