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President Schlissel: Video update on GEO strike 9/14/20

As members of U-M’s Graduate Employees’ Organization claim, “Your INSTRUCTOR is STRIKING for a Safe and Just Campus!,” President Schlissel explains why he approved seeking a court order to send the organization’s members back to work.

GEO is the union that represents graduate student employees at U of M. The strike began on Sept. 8.

Items on the GEO’s list of demands include greater transparency from U-M administration on its contact tracing and testing plans, greater representation in the school’s decision-making process and access to health models used to inform the current plan, and the universal right to work remotely for graduate student employees.

The union is also calling on the University to sever ties with the Ann Arbor Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as a 50-percent budget cut to the school’s Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS).

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(Lead image credit: Caroline Llanes, Michigan Radio.)

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