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Does my offer letter include:Y/N
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Minimum stipend levels? ($19,016 for half-time)In Contract
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100% tuition coverage for each semester?
See grad employment policy
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Fees coverage of at least 50% for each semester?
See grad employment policy
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Specified hours of work? (20 hours weekly for half-time)
See grad employment policy
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Compensation for being overworked?
Does your department have a clear substitute policy?
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Performance expectations being provided prior to appointment?
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Right to grieve evaluations of my work?
See grad employment policy
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Right of me or my union steward to inspect my personnel file?
See grad employment policy
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Right to request any part of my evaluation in writing?
See grad employment policy
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Guarantee of training for teaching and/or research?
See grad employment policy
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Guarantee of a safe work environment?
See grad employment policy
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Union representation concerning wages and benefits?Iowa Code Chapter 20
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Provisions allowing the release of my employment info to COGS?
See grad employment policy
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Health insurance plan options? (UI GradCare or SHIP)
See grad employment policy
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Employer coverage of premiums? (90% for individuals, 70% for dependent coverage)
See grad employment policy
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Dental insurance with employer contributions? (85% for individuals, 70% for dependent coverage)
See grad employment policy
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UI GradCare provisions in full? (there are 39! see the current COGS contract for the list)
See grad employment policy
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Dental coverage provisions in full? (see the current COGS contract for the list!)
See grad employment policy
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Paid leave without pay deductions? (5 working days each semester, or 15 for the fiscal year)
See grad employment policy
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Sick leave without pay deductions? (13.5 days for the academic year, or 18 for the fiscal year)
See grad employment policy
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Protections for the use of sick leave for an ill family member without loss of pay?
See grad employment policy
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Protections for the use of sick leave for the death of a family member without loss of pay?
See grad employment policy
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Protections for performing jury duty without loss of pay?
See grad employment policy
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all 9 Holidays? (New Year's, MLK day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving
Day and the Friday following that day, Christmas Day and either the day before or after)
See grad employment policy
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Reimbursement for travel expenses related to employment?
See grad employment policy
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Protection of all benefits for the duration of the appointment?
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Affirmation of the University's human rights policy?
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Deadlines for reappointment letters? (April 15 for summer and/or fall, November 1 for spring)
See grad employment policy
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Our grievance procedure in full? (Article VIII of our current contract)
See grad employment policy
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Questions? Email cogs@cogs.org
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