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Collective Bargaining Agreement 

The three-year CBA, or contract between TRU-UE and Johns Hopkins University, can be found here (This copy of the CBA is subject to final review and signature by JHU and TRU-UE).  Some key provisions are summarized below. (This is just a summary, not the actual terms of the CBA.  To review the actual terms of the CBA please click on the link): 

  • Compensation Highlights 
    • Academic year (AY) 24-25: $47,000 effective July 1, 2024.  
    • AY25-26: $50,000 effective July 1, 2025. 
    • AY26-27: $52,000 effective July 1, 2026.  
    • The hourly appointment rate will be $25.41/hour, at minimum.  
    • A one-time, $1,000 ratification bonus, for those employed as of the contract ratification date, to be paid within 30 days of ratification.  
    • Minimum 4 years of guaranteed funding for all PhD student employees in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Advanced International Studies, and the School of Education. 
    • Minimum 5 years of guaranteed funding for all PhD student employees in the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine.  
    • PhD student employees with external awards paid through the University will have their compensation increased to the minimum rate during a period of guaranteed funding.  
       
  • Benefits 
    • All PhD student employees will be eligible for need-based relocation assistance of up to $2000 and up to $2500 for international students. 
    • The University will pay the cost of the health insurance premiums for eligible dependent children and spouses unable to work in the US, including dental and vision. 
    • PhD student employees will receive child subsidies of $4,500 per child per year for eligible children under 6 years and $3,000 per child aged 6-18 years, with a maximum of $12,000 per family per year.  
    • PhD student employees with adult dependents will receive subsidies of $3,000 per dependent per year. 
    • International students will be eligible to apply to a yearly fund to cover visa renewal fees. 
       
  • Time Off/Vacation/Leaves 
    • All University holidays are recognized. 
    • PhD student employees have at least 15 vacation days per year. Additional time can be given by a supervisor. 
    • PhD student employees receive 15 sick days per year with an additional 5 days per dependent. 
    • PhD student employees receive 5 days of bereavement leave for the passing of immediate and extended family members and close friends, with 1 additional day for those needing international travel. 
    • Parents are eligible for 8 weeks of paid leave following birth or adoption, with an additional 4 weeks for parents who have just given birth. 
       
  • Work Hours 
    • No PhD student employee shall be required to perform work for more than 20 hours/week on average. 
    • Teaching appointments are included in the 20 hours of work that may be assigned. Academic coursework, exams, and academic research are in addition to this assigned 20 hours of work.  

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