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Monday, February 21, 2005

Iowa: Universty, grad students agree on contract "Under terms of the contract, graduate employees will receive a 1.5 percent across-the-board salary increase in each year of the contract. In addition, tuition scholarships will rise from $750 a semester for nine credit hours to $1,075 a semester in the contract's first year and $1,478.50 in the second year. 'It's a really good package,' said Chris Burgess, campus chief steward for COGS. The plan relies on regents keeping their promise to minimize tuition increases. 'Without a full tuition scholarship, graduate employees are still vulnerable to tuition increases, which can cut into take-home pay.'"
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The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.