Statement from the Graduate Employees Union Regarding Mosallam’s “A New Day for MSU”

The Graduate Employees Union supports MSU Trustee Brian Mosallam’s reform proposal, “A New Day for MSU” and emphatically echoes his call for “drastic voluntary remediation.

For too long MSU’s Board of Trustees has deferred to the Office of the President in university governance matters. This historical coziness between the Administration and the Board has had disastrous consequences that devastated some of the most vulnerable members of the MSU community. Mosallam’s proposals are an important first step in regaining trust by establishing a stronger, more independent board capable of truly acting on behalf of the MSU community.

We support the proposals to strengthen the institutional response to sexual harassment and assault. Increased resources for survivors and additional institutional protections will go a long way in combating the culture of impunity that has festered at MSU. We particularly applaud the proposal to give petitioners the right to appeal decisions by the Office of Institutional Equity, as well as the promise of increased resources for the MSU Sexual Assault Program, Safe Place, and the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program.

If we are truly interested in ensuring that predators like Larry Nassar never again find safe haven within MSU, we must commit ourselves to driving out the people and institutional structures that enabled him. We believe that Trustee’s Mosallam’s proposal is a sorely-needed first step on the path to effecting this change.

Mosallam’s proposal here: “A New Day for MSU”

Update from General Membership Meeting

Contract Negotiations

We are currently looking for suggestions of bargaining planks to add to our platform and for members to join bargaining teams. Here is our bargaining process document with the procedure for proposing planks (planks are pieces or individual issues of our platform). Note the planks are still in a draft phase and can be added to or edited as time goes on. Please email geu@geuatmsu.org to volunteer to join a bargaining team or to submit bargaining plank proposals, or for a copy of our preliminary planks.

The more voices active in this process, the better our bargaining platform will reflect the desires of the graduate student body, and the more people volunteering for the process the more we’ll achieve at the bargaining table!

Other Upcoming Events

On Monday, May 14th at 10 am at the GEU office we will be having a Negotiating for Parents Rights Meeting that will include discussions about dependent care, child care, parental leave. Email geu@geuatmsu.org for more info!