Rights & Resources for Graduate Student Families Townhall

Come learn from our panelists about what support and resources are available for caretakers, parents, and families on campus!

Sara Bijani, GEU president
Kim Steed-Page from Student Parent Resource Center
Ashley Fuente, Council of Graduate Students President- will talk about new Childcare endowment funds available
Brooke Stokdyk, Office of International Student & Scholars
Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean for the Teaching Assistant Program

RSVP on our Facebook event!

Monster Mash: Bargaining Meeting & Party

Join us for a fun event where we’ll be soliciting feedback on our bargaining timeline. Your union needs your input as we move toward bargaining in 2018. Your whole family is welcome to attend! Childcare will be available. Please email GEU in advance if your child(ren) will be attending so we can plan accordingly.

Enter a drawing for a chance to win dental insurance, or an offset for dependent care! Families and Partners of members are welcome, and food and drinks will be provided, as well childcare!

Costumes are encouraged!

See flyer for details and RSVP here.

GEU Support for DACA Participants

Are you or is someone in your immediate family a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participant? Do you know of graduate students in your department or your MSU community who are participating in the DACA program? Recent changes to this program have caused a huge and unanticipated financial burden to DACA participants. I’m emailing today to let those of you who are grad students at MSU and eligible for renewal know that there are resources available to help you recover the cost of legal consultations and DACA renewal fees. Maybe you’ve paid for these items and are now struggling to cover your other expenses, or maybe you’ve been unable to renew due to the cost. The following channels may help you:

  • If you are a GEU member and need IMMEDIATE SUPPORT TODAY to afford your (or your immediate family member’s) DACA renewal, please apply for the solidarity grant by following this link. We are watching these applications closely, and are prepared to process these requests quickly.
  • If you are a GEU member and have already paid for your DACA renewal but are now experiencing additional unexpected financial hardship, the solidarity grant program is also designed to help you. You can learn more about the program (and apply) by following this link.
  • If you are a graduate student at MSU, the graduate school also has emergency fellowship funding available for students experiencing unexpected financial hardship, which you can apply for by following this link.

If you are not a DACA participant and are confused about the details of this current situation, a helpful article outlining the urgency of the problem is here: “The Trump administration didn’t notify immigrants about an abrupt deadline to renew DACA” From the article: “As of Wednesday, on the eve of the deadline, US Citizenship and Immigration Services reported to a third party that 111,565 of the approximately 154,000 who were eligible to apply for one last extension of their protections had done so.” This means over 40,000 applications for renewal have not yet been sent in.

We can’t change the actions the federal government has taken in this area, but we can help to offset the financial burden these actions have imposed. If you have any questions about any of the above items, please email: president@geuatmsu.org

GEU Opposes East Lansing Income Tax Proposal

East Lansing is currently running a budget deficit due to long term fiscal mismanagement.  One of the proposed ways to make up this budget deficit is to impose a tax on all income earned in East Lansing.  The proposed tax for the November 2017 ballot is 1% for East Lansing residents and 0.5% for income earned in East Lansing by non-residents, with an income exemption of $600 (savings of $3 or $6 depending on residence). This income tax proposal is tied to a property tax decrease

  • This tax will cost university workers roughly 5.5 million dollars per year

  • Roughly $800k of this will come just from students

  • This income tax will cost TAs that live outside East Lansing that work half time year round at least $100

  • Decreasing property tax and increasing a flat rate income tax will reduce burden on high earners, while placing an undue burden on young families, students, and renters

  • Faculty and other people with high earning potential can just leave East Lansing for other nearby communities, which was not considered in the financial studies that lead to the proposal on this tax

  • If you live in Lansing, your total city income tax rate will be the same, but the city of Lansing will lose access to approximately $800k in revenue, which is currently supporting vital public service projects

Vote: Tuesday November 7, 2017

Registration Deadline: Tuesday October 10

For more information or to get involved, contact: politicalaction@geuatmsu.org