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University of Illinois Graduate Students OK Deal with School

By The Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Members of the union that represents graduate student employees of the University of Illinois have approved a new contract that will raise wages and continue tuition waivers.  The Graduate Employees Organization said Friday that more than 95-percent of the union members who voted approved of the new five-year agreement. The vote ends more than seven months of negotiations.  

A news release from the GEO says graduate student workers will get a 2.5-percent raise the first year. The minimum wage for graduate students will also be raised in increments over the life of the deal. About 40-percent of graduate student workers make the minimum wage.  Tuition waivers were a key sticking point but will be maintained at current levels.  The union has about 2,400 members.

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