Committees / Working Groups

 

The Steward’s Council (SC) is made up of department representatives who work to advocate on behalf of GEO members. Meeting bi‐weekly, the SC organizes rallies, develops strategies for strengthening the union and increasing membership, and ensures that our union work most efficiently and effectively on behalf of campus workers. While each department has its own method for appointing stewards, any GEO member may serve as a steward. We welcome all members to join our meetings. Please contact the SC Co‐Chairs, Xander Hazel or Christian A. Millan-Hernandez at xanderhazel@uigeo.org or millan@uigeo.org.

 

The Coordinating Committee (CC) is made up of elected officers from all committees, though any member may attend meetings. The CC makes decisions about large‐scale projects, some financial decisions, and the GEO’s long‐term vision. Please contact the GEO Co‐President, Shawn Fields, at sffields@gmail.com.

 

The Grievance Committee (GC) works to enforce the GEO contract. If your rights as a worker are being violated, or if you have questions about your benefits, you contact the Grievance Committee…we’re here to help! We are also always looking for members to become involved in the committee. If you have an interest in worker’s rights, protecting our contract, or labor law then the GC is the committee for you. You do not need any specialized knowledge to be on the GC. If you are experiencing issues, please contact Amanda at geo@uigeo.org.

 

The Solidarity Committee (Sol Comm) is committed to working on issues of social justice and supporting them through various means such as financial endorsements, statements of support, and collaborations. To that end, the Solidarity Committee allows the creation of research groups to efficiently strategize around issues of social justice. Groups such as the Environmental Justice Research Group, the Gender Justice Research Group, and the Anti‐ Police Brutality Research Group work on these issues and report to the Solidarity Committee. Contact the Solidarity Co-Chairs Isis Rose, Daniel Gonzalez, and Efad Huq at efad@uigeo.org.

 

The Communications Committee (Comm Comm) is responsible for GEO’s communications strategy and oversees all internal and external communications. Members create content, edit, design, and distribute information for the GEO. These communications include the website, social media, orientation materials, mass emails, press releases, t‐shirts, buttons, stickers, and much more. If you want to join the Comm Comm contact Maria Garth at maria@uigeo.org.

 

The International Working Group seeks to address the unique needs of international graduate employees. This is GEO’s newest group and is actively seeking new members (domestic members may join too). This group aims to engage international graduate students in more social events and provide specialized support to navigate finances, taxes, visas, and other issues. Please contact Xander Hazel or Christian A. Millan-Hernandez at xanderhazel@uigeo.org or millan@uigeo.org.

Additionally, we have a variety of member started working groups.  Currently, members are working on issues pertaining to healthcare, gender justice, and international students.  Any member at any time can start a working group or caucus to work on an issue they want to address.

 

The GEO has committees that form intermittently, like the Personnel Committee, Strike Committee, Elections Committee, Bargaining Research Committee, and Bargaining Team. Contact geo@uigeo.org to get involved.