UI, GEO Reach Tentative Agreement

November 17, 2009

The strike by University of Illinois graduate student employees may be winding down.

Their negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement with the U of I over language in their contract regarding tuition waiver security.

The university says the tentative agreement will guarantee that grad assistants and teaching assistants will not have their tuition waivers reduced as long as they're in good standing, hold their assistantships and are making reasonable progress toward graduation.

The contract offer also includes items the two sides agreed on last Saturday, including higher stipends, more subsidies for health insurance and parental accommodation periods after the birth or adoption of a child. That disagreement led GEO members to walk out.

At a rally this afternoon on the U of I quad, spokesman Peter Campbell said members meeting tonight at the Wesley United Methodist Church will determine whether the strike will be suspended - he expects a ratification vote in the next few days.

Story source: AP