‚ÄčTeaching and Administrative Assistants are members of a negotiated bargaining unit. More information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/CMUGSU/ or contact a member of the GSU Leadership team.
Graduate Student Union Logo

GSU Background

The Graduate Student Union was organized on the campus of Central Michigan University at Mount Pleasant, Michigan in May 2009. The Graduate Student Union is a labor union representing Graduate Assistants, both teaching and administrative. Currently, due to Michigan legislation, we are barred from representing Graduate Student Research Assistants.

The Graduate Student Union is a democratic, activist, and volunteer-run organization. All members are graduate students at Central Michigan University, and all leadership positions are volunteer. Unlike other labor unions, our leadership does not receive monetary compensation or course/work releases for their time spent doing union business.
The collective action of the Graduate Student Union is responsible for many of the concrete benefits Graduate Assistants have seen in the past several years. From instituting a formal grievance process to a base salary to a wellness allowance, our membership benefits from our collective involvement and interest in fighting for fair labor practices.
Graduate Student Union local 6522 is a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The GSU works closely with AFT-Michigan to enforce and expand the collective bargaining rights of graduate student employees throughout the state of Michigan. AFT-Michigan and AFT also provide several leadership and professional development opportunities, such as bi-yearly leadership summits, which Graduate Student Union members attend regularly.

Member Resources

2016-2021 Contract

Contract Enforcement

The GSU Contract is an agreement negotiated by the Graduate Student Union and Central Michigan University Administration. The contract ensures that Graduate Assistants (including teaching and administrative graduate assistants) are able to interact with their employer as a professional. There are many rights guaranteed by our contract, such as a wage threshold, limitation of hours worked, and a grievance procedure. If you think your contractual rights have been violated at any time, please contact us. Contacting us does not launch immediate action; rather, we will sit down with you to figure out the best course of action. Some graduate assistants feel too intimidated to come to the GSU to talk about possible contractual violations or to pursue a valid grievance. Remember that if you have having an issue, your colleagues or the next person in your position will probably experience the same thing. If you have any questions about your rights under our contract, please contact our office at GSU.CMICH@Gmail.com.


Page 18 of 19