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Apr 3 – Updates from GEO

The University says it’s getting close to its bottom line. Are you insulted by or okay with their recent proposal of a minimum wage of $15,190 (the current minimum is $14,565), a four-year contract, and no additional fees waived other than what is currently waived? Either way, we want to know because we’re getting down to deal or no deal time. Join us at the table this Wednesday April 3rd from 9-5:30 in UH 650.

GEO Bargaining Session: Deal or No Deal?

April 3 at 9:00am
University Hall Room 650
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Mar 13 – GEO Rally @ UIC Quad

Don’t Make Us Strike!  Rally This Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30:  UIC Quad
Join us for a rally this Wednesday the 13th to tell the UIC administration that we are fed up with their lack of respect for grad assistants. 
We find it appalling that the administration has proposed that grad assistants receive an average raise of one tenth of one percent, while the chancellor has just received a ten-percent raise to her already exorbitant salary.
We’re sick of the fact that the administration repeatedly cancels bargaining sessions with little notice. Our next bargaining session was scheduled for next Thursday, but the administration chose to cancel, and has thus far refused to offer any alternative dates.
We want to bargain with the administration, but it often seems that they do not want to bargain with us. When we are not able to resolve our disagreements in the bargaining room, we are forced to try to compel them by other means. Come tell the administration: “Don’t make us strike!”
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We are passing out flyers to publicize the event on Wednesday morning. Shifts will be available from 8:30am-10am, and from 12pm-1pm at various locations on and near campus. Send us a message at geo@uic-geo.net if you’d like to help out!
Everyone is welcome to send to send a letter in support of a fair contract to the chancellor and board of trustees. They can use this form on the GEO website:  http://uic-geo.net/mainsite/?p=489

 

URGENT update from the GEO

Hello GSC!

This message is being sent on behalf of the UIC Grad Employee Organization, the labor union that represents more than 1400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIC. Thank you.

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I hope that your semester has been going well thus far.

I’m writing you because our labor union needs help. Despite the best efforts of our bargaining team over the past nine months, we’ve been without a contract for the past six. The administration has been trying their best to drag negotiations on for as long as possible, cancelling bargaining sessions at the last minute, and making little or no attempt to find middle ground with us on issues like wages, fees, parental leave, protection from sexual harassment, and healthcare.

This Thursday at noon, we will be hand delivering Valentine’s day messages to the administration, telling them to stop breaking our hearts and to work with us to agree on a fair contract. We’ll begin congregating in the lobby of University Hall at 11:30am to compose our messages, and will head up to the top floor at 12:00 to hand deliver them, one by one, to the chancellor (or her secretary). The whole thing should be over by 12:30.

We really need your help, if you are able. We’re inviting the media to get our message out to the greater Chicago community, and really need this action to be big. If it is successful, this action has the potential to have a very positive effect on negotiations and help jump start a much needed discussion on campus.

Please come out and support our cause!!! Please share with other students.

Date: Thursday, February 14th
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: University Hall
What: Delivering Valentine’s Day Messages to the UIC Administration

We will begin congregating in the ground floor lobby of University Hall at 11:30am in order to write valentine’s day messages to the administration (e.g. “Don’t break my heart, bargain with us”) and at 12:00 pm we’ll head up the elevators to the chancellor’s office where we will each hand deliver our messages to either the chancellor or the her secretary if the chancellor is unavailable.

The entire action should be over by 12:30. Even if someone is only able to stay for part of the action, their presence will be very valuable.

October GEO Newsletter

UPDATE:
To all Tas and GAs,We will have the GEO General Meeting to discuss a possible strike
drive on Monday, October 29.

We have been in bargaining for almost six months and we still haven’t
received a single economic proposal (wages, health care, fee waivers,
tuition waivers, etc.) from the university! It’s time to start talking
about what we are willing to do for a fair contract. Members will
discuss and vote on whether or not we should begin organizing for a
possible strike (a “strike drive”) on Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm at
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted. Food will be provided. All TAs
and GAs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Also, you can use this “Mad Libs”-style form letter to let the Board
of Trustees know why you deserve a fair contract now!

http://bit.ly/VXU1d8

Thanks,

Graduate Employees Organization

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IN THIS EDITION OF THE GEO’S CONTRACT CAMPAIGN NEWSLETTER:

1. Bargaining Session on Wednesday, 10/17
2. Grade-In in University Hall lobby, 10/18
3. Ready to Strike? General Membership Meeting on 10/29
4. Send a letter to the Board of Trustees for a fair contract now!
5. Wednesdays are GEO t-shirt and button day!
6. Grievance Tip of the Week
7. Other upcoming GEO meetings and events
1. GEO bargaining session on Wednesday: your right to be free of sexual harassment, height & weight discrimination, access to necessary supplies in your workplace still on the table
We will meet again with the administration on Wednesday, October 17 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in 650 University Hall. Articles under discussion include Nondiscrimination and Employee Rights. We have proposed language that protects workers from sexual harassment, as well as discrimination on the basis of weight, height, gender identity or expression, and HIV antibody status. We’ve also proposed expanding your access to supplies you may need to do your job as a TA or GA, including computers, printers, and assistive technology. We are hopeful that we can FINALLY settle these articles after a MONTH of slow negotiations with the administration. YOUR RIGHTS are at stake: join us for all or part of the session on Wednesday!
 
2. Grade-In in UH lobby, 12pm to 2pm, Thursday
Show the administration that you want a contract now: bring your grading (or other work) to the lobby of University Hall this Thursday, October 18, from 12pm to 2pm. We’ll have brand new GEO t-shirts, free for all members!
3. Are you ready to strike for your contract? IMPORTANT General Membership Meeting to discuss a possible strike drive on Monday, October 29.
We have been in bargaining for almost six months and we still haven’t received a single economic proposal (wages, health care, fee waivers, tuition waivers, etc.) from the university! It’s time to start talking about what we are willing to do for a fair contract. Members will discuss and vote on whether or not we should begin organizing for a possible strike (a “strike drive”) on Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm at Jane Addams Hull-House. Food will be provided. All TAs and GAs are strongly encouraged to attend.
 
4. Send a letter to the Board of Trustees asking for a fair contract now!
The Board of Trustees are the other party to the GEO contract. Use this “Mad Libs”-style form letter to let the BoT know why you deserve a fair contract now! http://bit.ly/VXU1d8
 
5. Wednesdays are GEO t-shirt and button day!
Wednesday is GEO t-shirt and button day! Show your solidarity by wearing your GEO t-shirts and buttons. To get a free shirt, go to http://tinyurl.com/freegeoshirtand fill out the form. We’ll even deliver it right to your office!
 
6. Grievance Tip of the Week
All materials that you use in the course of your work as a TA or GA should be provided to you at no cost by the University. This includes photocopies and textbooks. If you are being charged for materials related to your work, let the Grievance Committee know: grievance@uic-geo.net.
7. Other meetings and events
All members are welcome at all GEO meetings and events! All meetings/events are held at the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203) unless otherwise noted.
Bargaining Committee: Monday, October 21, 4:00pm
Direct Action Working Group: Tuesday, October 22, 4:00pm
Grievance Committee: Monday, October 21, 12:00pm
Stewards’ Council: Monday, October 21, 3:00pm
Steering Committee: Monday, October 21, 5:30pm

GEO and Student Trustee Townhall Meeting NOV 16, 2011

Do you want to know more about how your concerns are being addressed as a graduate employee and how you can get involved in implementing change?

Join the GEO for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. in the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203) with the Student Trustee, Ken Thomas, centered around issues affecting graduate employees and how, working together, these concerns can be addressed! As Student Trustee, Ken sits on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees which is in charge of major decision-making that affects all graduate employees and students in the U of I system. Learn more about how Ken has worked with GEO in the past, and what issues you want GEO to take up in the future! This is your union; come get involved and have your say. Pizza will be provided.

More information can be found here:
http://uic-geo.net/mainsite/?p=277