Statement in Response to Presidential Election

November 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GEO at UIUC Statement in Response to Presidential Election

Last Tuesday, we witnessed the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump’s presidential campaign was built on homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist, racist, sexist, and xenophobic language. The condoning of such hate by election is an active threat to civil rights and civil liberties for all. We, the Graduate Employees’ Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are outraged at the election of a leader who has openly campaigned against the livelihoods and safety of their own constituents.

We, the GEO-UIUC, have fought and continue to fight for affordable child care, accessible health care, gender justice, job training, living wages, protecting employees from retaliation, reasonable workloads, tuition waivers, and workplace safety for all graduate employees regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, department, job category, or membership in the union. We, the GEO-UIUC, strive to be an inclusive and open environment that acts in the best interests of graduate employees, and act responsibly toward the entire university community.

Most importantly, to support all graduate employees so that they can work with dignity and respect, the GEO-UIUC has fought and continues to fight for a good work environment for all. We recognize that a work environment free from hostility and discrimination is a necessary prerequisite not only for improving the quality of education and research at UIUC, but also ensuring the livelihoods and safety of all graduate employees that directly contribute to this mission.

We, the GEO-UIUC, stand in direct opposition to the hate, fear, open hostility, and violence that has been targeted at Black, Disabled, Latinx, Immigrant, International, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, Native American, Neurodiverse, Undocumented, and Women-identified peoples. We, the GEO-UIUC, stand with all peoples of these communities, as members, allies and advocates living, loving, and working in solidarity.

We, the GEO-UIUC, will continue to fight for all graduate employees’ civil rights and civil liberties to ensure a good work environment free from hostility and discrimination. It is not enough to circulate a mass-mail with truisms such as “we are a community defined by how we treat one another and by our willingness to focus on how we move forward together.” The UIUC administration needs to take action and publicly condemn acts of violence and intimidation against their constituents.

We will not back down. We will not be silent. We’ve got your backs. Every single one.

In solidarity,
GEO

Take the GEO Bargaining Survey

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As a graduate employee, what issues are important to you? The GEO wants to know! As we continue to get closer to bargaining, the Bargaining Research Committee is asking for signed and bargaining unit members to take the Bargaining Survey.  Letting us know your thoughts and experiences as a graduate employee helps us to fully represent the needs and wants of our members in bargaining.

Please check your email for a link. If you have not received a link,  please email geo@uigeo.org

GEO Contract Convention, October 29th.

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Register HERE!

The Information

On October 29, 2016, the GEO will come together to begin enacting our future.  Join us for a day of solidarity, training, and information, as we  prepare to bargain next semester with the administration of the University of Illinois.  During this half-day convention we will discuss our upcoming bargaining and create specific goals for our next contract; learn how to engage with our colleagues about our union and inform them about how the GEO is there for them; brainstorm on possible activities and actions we can take to leverage our position; and come together to ensure a fair and equatable work place.  Lunch will be provided.

For more information, head over to our convention page.

Welcome Back!

Hi members old and new,

Welcome to the University of Illinois, and most importantly welcome to the Graduate Employees’ Organization, your labor Union.

Whether you’ve been at the U of I for a while, or just starting graduate school, you arrive to campus at a crucial moment for graduate employees. Our current contract with the University of Illinois expires during the Fall of 2017, so we will be preparing and organizing for bargaining.

If you want to find out ways to get involved, please join us at one of the events below, email us at geo@uigeo.org, or contact one of our officers directly. There are plenty of ways to get involved!

GEO Welcome Back Party on Friday, September 2 at Pizza M (208 W. Main, Urbana) for a night of free food, free drinks, and free solidarity.  The party takes place from 9 pm to 1 am.

General Membership Meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 14, starting at 5:30 pm.  Food, drinks, and childcare will be provided.  Location:  University YMCA Latzer Hall.
Finally, don’t forget the GEO Unofficial Guide to Chambana located right HERE!

Union strong,

David and Shawn

Co-Presidents

CC Retreat was a success!

On Tuesday May 19, 2016, the Coordinating Committee and Stewards’ Council Co-Chairs spent the afternoon hashing out ideas for the 2016-2017 academic year. We have a lot of ideas, events, and activities that we can’t wait to share with you! We think it’s going to be a great year!

As always, if you have any suggestions, ideas, or concerns, please reach out to us at geo@uigeo.org or drop by the office. We’d love to hear from you!

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Another Successful GEO Party

This year we had another great GEO party, but it couldn’t have happened without the help of a lot of people.

A huge thank you to Pizza-M for your service last night. We greatly appreciate your time, dedication, and professionalism. You help make our parties great. GEO members, next time you see the good people at Pizza M, be sure to tell them thank you.

To all the volunteers, thank you, especially the Stewards Council Co-Chairs past and present (Shawn Fields, Sara Roncero-Menendez, Xander Hazel, and Christian A. Millan Hernandez). Your work made the party possible. Juan Andrés Suárez thank you for keeping us entertained all night with your playlist.

To our staff, we couldn’t do this without you. Members, next time you seeAndrea Herrera Orrala, Anna Machalski, Chey Teresi, and Paul, please tell them how much you appreciate their work on this event and everything else. Although Natalie Uhl Nagel couldn’t make it to the party, she deserves a shoutout for all the work she does to make this union run.

Finally, last but not least, thank you, members. Thank you for the work you do for the university, for your students, for your departments, and for your Union. This is all for you.

 

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