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The Regents of the University of Michigan
Graduate Employees Organization
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO Local 3550

The Regents of the University of Michigan (hereinafter called the "University") and the Graduate Employees Organization, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO as Local 3550 (hereinafter called the "Union") enter into this Agreement this April 21, 2005, which amends the agreement between the parties executed on May 7, 2002, and which Agreement, as amended and fully bargained, settles and contains all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment for the term of Agreement.


  1. Recognition and Definitions
  2. University Rights
  3. No Interference
  4. Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Employment
  5. Union Dues and Representation-Service Fees
  6. Union Rights
  7. Information
  8. Job Security
  9. Posting, Initial Employment and Re-employment
  10. Salaries
  11. Benefits
  12. Child Care
  13. Medical Leave
  14. Jury Duty, Witness Service, and Immigration Proceedings
  15. Bereavement Leave Pay
  16. Grievance and Arbitration Procedures
  17. Special Conferences
  18. Changes Resulting in a Conference
  19. Class Size
  20. Curriculum
  21. GSI Training
  22. Tuition Waiver
  23. GSA Rights
  24. Past Practices
  25. Waiver
  26. Law Savings Clause
  27. Term of Agreement

Memoranda of Understanding

  1. Affirmative Action
  2. Allegedly Lost Student Papers and Examinations
  3. Work/Life Resource Center
  4. Summer Benefits
  5. Compliance With The Family Medical Leave Act
  6. International Graduate Student Training
  7. Affirmative Action Representative
  8. Same-sex Domestic Partner
  9. Implementation of Article IX


  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act
  2. Policy for Graduate Students with Non-English Medium Undergraduate Backgrounds Who Seek GSI Positions in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  3. Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  4. Bulletin Boards
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Information About Graduate Student Instructors at the University of Michigan

Site updated March 31, 2008

Current or prospective graduate students seeking information on obtaining GSI/GSSA appointments should contact the academic department where they are enrolled, or plan to enroll. Information on all University of Michigan academic departments is located at

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