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GEO seeks Coleman's response on GSRAs

By Adam Rubenfire, Daily Staff Reporter
Published February 10, 2011

GSIs and GSSAs can join the union and pay dues or decline to join and only pay service fees for bargaining done by GEO on their behalf, he said.

GSRAs aren’t legally covered by the GEO contract, but Gillezeau said GEO believes it represents GSRAs, as their wages are determined by negotiations between GEO and the University. Gillezeau said the research assistants are mainly fighting to have full union rights like GSIs and GSSAs do.

Gillezeau added that not only did Coleman ignore the research assistants’ efforts to unionize, but University negotiators also refused to engage with GEO on the topic.

“They said that they would not discuss permissive topics of bargaining,” he said.

As of 6 p.m. yesterday, Fitzgerald said he wasn’t sure whether Coleman had read the letter delivered to her, but it was forwarded to appropriate University representatives.

“We’ve certainly received the letter; it’s a position that’s been communicated previously to the University,” Fitzgerald said. “The president’s office has made the appropriate people in academic (human resources) aware of the letter.”