The Regents of the University of Michigan
Graduate Employees Organization
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO Local 3550
May 7, 2002 February 1, 2005
MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING
During the Winter Semester, 2002 the University appointed an Implementation Committee to advise the Provost with respect to the recommendations made by the Student Parent Task Force Appointed by the Center for the Education of Women and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies in a report entitled "ENRICHING THE MIX: RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF STUDENT PARENTS AT THE UNIVEIRY OF MICHIGAN". Inherent in establishing this Implementation Committee is recognition by the University that childcare is an important and urgent issue that faces the University community and that:
- The approach taken should consider the needs of student parents as well as other members of the university community.
- Recommendations from the implementation committee will have priority.
The University and GEO agree that the most effective way for the University community to address the recommendations of the Task Force is through the Implementation Committee. In recognition of the serious impact this issue has on the membership of the GEO, the University has agreed that GEO may appoint three graduate student members to the Implementation Committee, and may continue to have at three graduate student members appointed by GEO on the committee during its term.
Furthermore, with respect to Recommendations 4 ("Increase the Availability of Licensed Quality Child Care in the Local and Campus Community") and 5 ("Increase funds to Help Students Pay for Child Care") of the Task Force Report, the University and GEO agree that the implementation committee will be charged to address specifically the following concerns raised by GEO in negotiations:
- That the levels of financial support provided by the University for graduate students be examined with respect to the impact of childcare on the cost of and time to completion of the graduate students academic program.
- That the issue of increasing available licensed childcare for very young children (ages 0 to 30 months) be specifically addressed.
- That the issue of availability of quality childcare in the evenings be addressed.
- That the current system for prioritizing applicants at the N. Ingalls UM Children's Center be examined to preferences for students and staff of the University of Michigan.
- That the current system of establishing eligibility requirements for childcare subsidies be examined.
Lastly, in recognition of the commitment to the issue of childcare for student parents, the University will commit $150,000 per year (in addition to funds allocated to the CCAMPIS grant) toward any recommendations made by the implementation committee with respect to Recommendations 4 and 5 of the "Enriching the Mix" Report.