Message following the conclusion of COGS contract negotiations: Graduate Assistant Employment

To: 

Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers

From: 

John C. Keller, Associate Provost for Graduate & Professional Education; Dean, the Graduate College

Date: 

April 28, 2017

Subject: 

Message following the conclusion of COGS contract negotiations: Graduate Assistant Employment

The collective bargaining process affecting graduate assistant employees between UE Local 896/COGS and the Board of Regents has concluded. It is important to note that until the current COGS contract expires on June 30, 2017, its terms of employment and benefits will remain in effect. Wages is the only provision contained in the 2017-19 collective bargaining agreement. The new two year contract (2017-19) provides graduate student employees minimum and returning salary rate increases of 1.1% each year.

Starting July 1, 2017, other issues pertaining to terms of employment and benefits will not be in the COGS contract; however, the University of Iowa remains committed to providing high quality graduate programs supported by competitive compensation packages, including benefits, for graduate assistant employees.

For the 2017-18 academic/fiscal year, the university will honor the terms of the 2015-17 COGS contract that impact graduate student employees. This means that benefits such as health insurance and terms of employment such as sick leave will continue to be offered. The 100% tuition scholarship award will continue. The portion of graduate student mandatory fees supported by the university will increase to 50%. A summary of these terms is now posted on the Graduate College website: https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-assistant-employment-2017-2018.

Please contact the Graduate College at grad-assistantships@uiowa.edu for more information or if you have any questions.

Tags: