The university agreed to a tentative contract with the union representing graduate student workers after bargaining sessions that began before and continued into the holiday weekend. Agreement was reached on Sunday evening, Nov. 26.
The terms of the tentative contract further affirm that USC Graduate School’s benefits and protections are among the best in the nation. The agreement demonstrates the university’s commitment to supporting its students and fostering a positive, professional learning environment.
Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
Protecting our students, faculty and staff from discrimination, bullying and harassment is a top priority for USC. The university’s robust policy and procedures are a model for best practices in higher education across the nation, and the graduate school offered to layer additional provisions to the policy.
Voting to ratify the contract will take place Monday, Dec. 4 through Wednesday, Dec. 6.
We remain grateful to our students and faculty for their dedication to the teaching and learning mission of the university and share our appreciation to the union’s student-led bargaining committee for their commitment to negotiating in good faith. We look forward to a successful ratification of the contract and closing out our semester in the spirit of collegiality.