Graduate assistant employees are in a bargaining unit represented by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Local 896 COGS. The UE/COGS collective bargaining agreement, which governs conditions of employment for graduate assistants, is negotiated every two years.
The agreement covers employer and employee rights, posting of appointments available, hours, wages, health insurance, paid leave and holidays, unpaid leave, travel and lodging, grievance procedures, and personnel files.
The new 2011-2013 COGS contract takes effect on July 1, 2011. Contract highlights include: tuition scholarship at 100% CLAS tuition rate, a 2% raise for 2011-2012, and a 2.5% raise for 2012-2013.