Nozicka: Graduate assistants file charges against trustees


An ongoing labor complaint against the university administration by a graduate student union remains unsettled. 

Graduate Assistants United filed unfair labor practice charges against the SIU Board of Trustees after many months of waiting for the university to negotiate time allowed to work.

The complaint filed Feb. 10 with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board alleges since Aug. 12 the board and administration has refused to “bargain in good faith,” regarding graduate assistant contracts.

GAU President Matt Ryg said the charges were filed because the university violated the collective bargaining agreement within the graduate assistants’ contracts, specifically regarding full-time equivalency rates, or the maximum number of hours a graduate assistant is allowed to work in a week.

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