You can find a pdf of the most recent contract for 2012-2017 here.

GEO members can pick up a free copy of the contract in booklet form at the GEO office.

Contract Summary

The contract duration is August 16, 2012 – August 15, 2017.

The contract covers all members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) bargaining unit, whether or not they are members of the GEO itself. With few exceptions, all graduate employees who hold Teaching or Graduate Assistantships (TAs or GAs) are members of this bargaining unit. Fellows or Research Assistants (RAs) who do not hold TA or GA positions are not subject to the contract. It is very common for graduate employees to move in and out of the bargaining unit as their appointments change from semester to semester.


Effective August 16, 2013 – August 15, 2014, the minimum salary for a 50% nine-month appointment is $15,570. Lower percentages are calculated proportionally; for example, the minimum salary for a 33% TA or GA appointment is $10,276.

The minimum salary for a 50% nine-month appointment will be $15,803 in academic year (AY) 2014-15, $16,040 in AY 2015-16, and $16,281 in AY 2016-17 (or an amount equivalent to the previous year’s minimum increased by the campus wage program as established by the Provost’s Office, whichever is greater).

Parental Rights

Eligible TAs and GAs are entitled to six weeks of “parental accommodation” following the birth or adoption of a child. An assistant is eligible if s/he holds an active appointment at the time the leave is taken.

These six weeks consist of: two weeks paid parental leave, two weeks paid sick leave, and personal unpaid leave of absence up to the six week maximum if the assistant does not have enough paid sick leave. The first two weeks of paid parental leave are guaranteed and do not require sick leave.

Health Care

The University will contribute $260 per semester (fall, spring, summer) or 80% of the Student Health Insurance Fee (whichever is greater) for any assistant holding an assistantship who chooses to be covered by the University plan.

The University will pay 100% of the student Health Service fee.

Tuition Waivers

“During the term of this Agreement, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants will not have their tuition waivers reduced while they hold qualifying assistantships, are in good academic standing, and are making proper progress toward graduation in the program in which they began.”

The GEO and the University stipulate that “this commitment is consistent with longstanding and ongoing practice,” meaning that changes to tuition waiver policy that violate past practice are grievable under the contract.

Questions? Email GEO at or speak with your departmental steward.