Graduate Employees' Organization Survey: Spring 2013
Below are several statements. The first is part of the 2009-2012 GEO-UIC contract. The second is the proposed amendment currently being negotiated. After each statement is a question: how important are this amendment and its protections to you? Then the statement is repeated with a second question: how willing are you to actively seek these changes? The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for participating in the settlement of your contract!
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2009-2012 CONTRACT III:i.B “Assistants covered under this agreement shall have the following fees and assessments waived: 1. Service Fee; 2. Health Service Fee; 3. Academic Facilities and Maintenance Assessment; 4. Library and Information Technology Assessment. CURRENT PROPOSAL: “For Employees covered under this agreement, all fees that are assessed as a condition of enrollment at the University of Illinois, including tuition differentials, will be waived.” *
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
2009-2012 CONTRACT III:i.B “Assistants covered under this agreement shall have the following fees and assessments waived: 1. Service Fee; 2. Health Service Fee; 3. Academic Facilities and Maintenance Assessment; 4. Library and Information Technology Assessment. CURRENT PROPOSAL: “For Employees covered under this agreement, all fees that are assessed as a condition of enrollment at the University of Illinois, including tuition differentials, will be waived.” *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
2009-2012 CONTRACT III:i.C “UIC agrees to be available each year during the term of this Agreement on request of the GEO, to discuss issues relating to differentials, waivers, assessments and fees.” CURRENT PROPOSAL:“The University agrees that no new fee(s) or tuition differentials will be unilaterally imposed on graduate employees.” *
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
2009-2012 CONTRACT III:i.C “UIC agrees to be available each year during the term of this Agreement on request of the GEO, to discuss issues relating to differentials, waivers, assessments and fees.” CURRENT PROPOSAL:“The University agrees that no new fee(s) or tuition differentials will be unilaterally imposed on graduate employees.” *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
2009-2012 CONTRACT: [No language on sexual harassment] CURRENT PROPOSAL: The University is committed to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful sexual harassment. *
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
2009-2012 CONTRACT: [No language on sexual harassment] CURRENT PROPOSAL: The University is committed to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful sexual harassment. *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
2009-2012 CONTRACT V.D “The University and the Union agree that the language of this Agreement shall be interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” CURRENT PROPOSAL Our proposal states that: •“The University is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations. This may include: readers, sign language interpreters and captioning services, assistive technology equipment and an accessible working space. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be approved or denied, and upon approval, provided, in a timely manner. Any job-related duties which could not be completed due to absence of reasonable accommodations will not result in lost wages or requiring the assistant to make up hours.” •“Reasonable accommodations for Graduate Assistants may include permitting the total number of hours of the appointment to be spread out in any manner over the term of the appointment to enable assistants with disabilities to work at their own pace, as well as attend to any regular and episodic medical issues related to their disability.” •“If an assistant is unable to perform job-related duties due to the absence of reasonable accommodations, this will not result in the loss of wages, and the University will not require the assistant to make up for lost hours.” *
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
2009-2012 CONTRACT V.D “The University and the Union agree that the language of this Agreement shall be interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” CURRENT PROPOSAL Our proposal states that: •“The University is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations. This may include: readers, sign language interpreters and captioning services, assistive technology equipment and an accessible working space. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be approved or denied, and upon approval, provided, in a timely manner. Any job-related duties which could not be completed due to absence of reasonable accommodations will not result in lost wages or requiring the assistant to make up hours.” •“Reasonable accommodations for Graduate Assistants may include permitting the total number of hours of the appointment to be spread out in any manner over the term of the appointment to enable assistants with disabilities to work at their own pace, as well as attend to any regular and episodic medical issues related to their disability.” •“If an assistant is unable to perform job-related duties due to the absence of reasonable accommodations, this will not result in the loss of wages, and the University will not require the assistant to make up for lost hours.” *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
2009-2012 CONTRACT XII.A The minimum stipend level for 50% FTE (Full-Time Equivalency), 9-month appointment shall be $14,565 (Fall 2011-Summer 2012) CURRENT PROPOSAL: Increase minimum wage to UIC’s own calculation of $17,958, provided that all fees are waived.
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
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2009-2012 CONTRACT XII.A The minimum stipend level for 50% FTE (Full-Time Equivalency), 9-month appointment shall be $14,565 (Fall 2011-Summer 2012) CURRENT PROPOSAL: Increase minimum wage to UIC’s own calculation of $17,958, provided that all fees are waived. *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
2009-2012 CONTRACT [No language on health coverage for dependents] CURRENT PROPOSAL: For the duration of this agreement, the University shall contribute 100% of the total cost of coverage per academic year for each graduate employee covered under this agreement who chooses to be covered by the University plan and/or chooses to have their dependents enrolled in the University plan. *
How important are this amendment and its protections to you?
Not important at all
Extremely/most important
2009-2012 CONTRACT [No language on health coverage for dependents] CURRENT PROPOSAL: For the duration of this agreement, the University shall contribute 100% of the total cost of coverage per academic year for each graduate employee covered under this agreement who chooses to be covered by the University plan and/or chooses to have their dependents enrolled in the University plan. *
How involved would you be in a campaign to secure the above changes?
Not involved at all
Extremely involved/would possibly strike
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