BARGAINING: First Session on Thursday, March 30, 2017

 

GEO’s first bargaining session with the UIUC administration will be on Thursday, March 30, 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Fire Service Institute (FSI) (11 Gerty Dr, Champaign, IL 61820). The Bargaining Team will present its initial contract proposal to the UIUC administration. All members are welcome to attend this bargaining session.

If you can’t make it to the bargaining session, you can still keep up with bargaining updates by attending GEO committee meetings and general membership meetings, following GEO on social media, and reading GEO emails.

After each bargaining session, GEO will send a recap of session highlights to all members via an email and social media.

Directions and Travel Information to Fire Service Institute (FSI):

The Bargaining Team has organized a carpool for members. If want to attend and need a ride, please email barg@uigeo.org and include your preferred pickup location.

    • Parking is free in the FSI lot.
    • There are at least two bike racks available in front of the FSI main building.
    • Bus line is Yellow1 and drops off in front of the water survey building.
      • Travel from Presby Hall to FSI on March 30th starting at 7:45 am. Avg ride: 20ish minutes

 

Strategic Communications Workshop for Bargaining

The Communications Committee invites you to attend the Strategic Communication workshop with Stephanie Fortado on Wednesday, March 29, 6:00-8:00pm, in room 43 at the School of Labor and Employment Relations (504 E Armory Ave, Champaign). Food will be provided. Please RSVP by emailing commcomm@uigeo.org if you are interested in attending so that we can get an accurate count of attendees for ordering food.

 

Ways to stay informed about bargaining:

Follow GEO online:

Website: www.uigeo.org
Twitter: @geo_uiuc
Facebook: @uigeo  @geosolcomm
Instagram: @geo_uiuc

 

Text Updates: text the word “GEO” to 69238 to receive periodic messages concerning crucial bargaining updates and other urgent information. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 69238 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 69238 for more information. Terms & Conditions.

See the GEO event calendar for future Bargaining Team committee meetings, bargaining sessions, and other events. Add it to your Google calendar by searching for geo@uigeo.org. Bargaining Team meetings and bargaining sessions are open to all members. Please contact the Bargaining Team (barg@uigeo.org) with any questions.

 

Committee Updates and Events March 16

 

CO-PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

Hi all,

We hope this message meets you well. Below you will find updates from committees and awesome events that the GEO is hosting or cosponsoring. Of note is that we will have our first bargaining session March 30th.

As we go into bargaining, your participation is crucial in both big and small actions. Can’t make it to a meeting committee? Volunteer to do work that can be done remotely. Have too much on your plate already? Wear you GEO shirt or pin on Wednesday for “Wear it Wednesdays” or keep up to date on what’s going on and let others know. We will let you all know what’s going on at the bargaining table through GEO-L, which you are already subscribed to, and our social media accounts, which are linked at the bottom of this email.

Have a wonderful spring break!

Best,

Shawn Fields
Co-President

 

NEW! STAY INFORMED:

Sign up for GEO text message alerts!

Text the word “GEO” to 69238 to receive periodic messages concerning crucial bargaining updates and other urgent information. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 69238 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 69238 for more information. Terms & Conditions.

 

COMMITTEE UPDATES:

Bargaining Team:

GEO’s contract with the UIUC Administration is expiring on August 15, 2017. Last year, the Bargaining Research Team conducted research and surveys on important issues for graduate employees at UIUC. The Bargaining Research Team presented four bargaining pillars (Tuition Waivers and Fees, Wages, Healthcare, and Access and Equality) to the membership, which were unanimously approved by a vote at the General Membership Meeting on February 1st, 2017. At this meeting, the Bargaining Team was also selected and unanimously approved by a vote.

Our first bargaining session with the UIUC administration will be on Thursday, March 30, 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Fire Institute (11 Gerty Dr, Champaign, IL 61820). The Bargaining Team will present its initial contract proposal to the UIUC administration. All members are welcome to this meeting.

Bargaining Team meetings are open to all members. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm, at the GEO office.

Please contact Natalye Tate and Shawn Fields (barg@uigeo.org) with any questions.

International Students’ Working Group:

Visa and Immigration Leave Survey

Are you an:

  • International Student
  • Domestic Student with immigrant/international dependents
  • DACA student?

Have you had any trouble with your visa, immigration, or DACA paperwork during your time at UIUC?

Then please fill out this survey! Please take by March 20, 2017.

Here is the survey link (If you received an individual link via email, please fill that one out): https://uiuc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUDlm9TQYq62yot

Why?

This semester the GEO will bargain a new contract with the University. In the contract proposal, GEO is working to address the needs of International and DACA employees on our campus. To bargain effectively, the GEO needs feedback from International, DACA, and Domestic students with international or DACA dependents to gain a better sense of their experiences and priorities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Bargaining Team will be crafting contract language proposals to address visa and immigration issues and they need to hear from you concerning immigration issues such as visa paperwork, delays in DACA renewal, receiving a Social Security Number, and many others.

The GEO does not share the answers you give in this survey outside of card-signed membership. Please contact geo@uigeo.org with any questions.

 

Grievance Committee:

A contract is only as good as our ability to enforce it. The Grievance Committee is responsible for advocating for fair labor practices at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and protecting graduate employees from abuse… and we need your help! Join the Grievance Committee for an opportunity to have a lasting impact on the lives of your peers all across campus. We meet every Tuesday at 7pm at the GEO office.

DID YOU KNOW???

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement protects members of the Bargaining Unit from being overworked? You can refer to your appointment letter for information on the maximum number of hours you can be asked to work per week. If you are consistently being asked to work more than your appointment letter specifies, remain calm! Complete the work you were asked to perform, but take detailed notes and contact the Grievance Committee for advice about how to raise the issue to your employment supervisor. See Article VII in the GEO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement for more information.

Don’t forget to check out our new online “Submit a Grievance” web form, which is available at http://www.uigeo.org/grievances/grievance-report/. Please pass this link along to your colleagues if you hear of someone that might need to speak with the Grievance Committee.

 

Stewards’ Council (SC):

The Stewards Council is always looking for new members who want to help organize their departments! We are especially looking for grad workers who would like to be Stewards in the departments of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering. Please contact sc@uigeo.org with any questions.

Stewards are a visible representative of the GEO in their departments, and representatives of their department to the GEO. They are the go-to people for fielding questions about the contract, or other issues that GEO members might be facing, and are essential for communicating problems in their department to the GEO. They also help keep membership in their departments informed and up-to-date about GEO activities. The SC plans a variety of events every year, such as happy hours, general membership meetings, and informational sessions for departments. By being a steward for your department, you can work with GEO to make events tailored to your department’s students’ needs and interests.

Our meetings are open to all GEO members. While each department has its own method for appointing stewards, any GEO member may serve as a steward. Some department have co-Stewards. We welcome all members to join our meetings. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 28, 5:00pm, at the GEO Office.

Solidarity Committee (Sol Comm):

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. Please contact the Solidarity Co-Chairs Isis Rose, Daniel Gonzalez, and Efad Huq at solcomm@uigeo.org.

 

The next meeting will be on March 24th at 6:00pm. Please contact SolComm directly for more info.

 

Coordinating Committee (CC):

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. Our meetings are open to all GEO members. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 23, 7:00pm. Please contact the Co‐President, Shawn Fields, at cc@uigeo.org with any questions.

 

Communications Committee (Comm Comm):

Our meetings are open to all GEO members. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 29, 6:00-8:00pm. The agenda includes a Strategic Communications Workshop with Stephanie Fortado, from the School of Labor and Employment Relations. Please contact Maria Garth at commcomm@uigeo.org if you are interested in attending, or with any questions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

See a full schedule of GEO meetings and events here, and contact geo@uigeo.org with any questions.

 

Wear you GEO shirt or pin on Wednesday for “Wear it Wednesday”!

 

“No Mas Bebes/No More Babies” film screening and Q&A with Virginia Espino, film producer
Wed, March 29
4:00-6:00pm
Location: 1024 Chem Annex

 

“Fighting Through the Law: Immigration Lawyers on their Profession and the Current Crisis”
Discussion with alums Daissy Dominguez and Irakere Picon
Thurs, April 6
5:00-6:30pm
Location: 1207 W. Oregon, Room 103, Urbana

 

“Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jr. Lecture Series: “Citizenship Trumped: Walls & Sovereignty on the U.S. Mexico Border”
Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga & Dr. Margaret Dorsey, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Wed, April12
4:00-5:30pm
Location: 319 Gregory Hall

 

Connect with GEO!

Email: geo@uigeo.org
Twitter: @geo_uiuc
Facebook: @uigeo  @geosolcomm
Instagram: @geo_uiuc


Text Updates: text the word “GEO” to 69238 to receive periodic messages concerning crucial bargaining updates and other urgent information. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 69238 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 69238 for more information. Terms & Conditions.

 

 

 

Committee Updates and Events Newsletter March 2

COMMITTEE UPDATES:


International Students’ Working Group:

Visa and Immigration Leave Survey

Are you an:

  • International Student
  • Domestic Student with immigrant/international dependents
  • DACA student?

Have you had any trouble with your visa, immigration, or DACA paperwork during your time at UIUC?

Then please fill out this survey! Please take by March 6th, 2017!

Here is the survey link (If you received an individual link via email, please fill that one out): https://uiuc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUDlm9TQYq62yot

Why?

This semester the GEO will bargain a new contract with the University. In the contract proposal, GEO is working to address the needs of International and DACA employees on our campus. To bargain effectively, the GEO needs feedback from International, DACA, and Domestic students with international or DACA dependents to gain a better sense of their experiences and priorities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Bargaining Team will be crafting contract language proposals to address visa and immigration issues and they need to hear from you concerning immigration issues such as visa paperwork, delays in DACA renewal, receiving a Social Security Number, and many others.

The GEO does not share the answers you give in this survey outside of card-signed membership. Please contact geo@uigeo.org with any questions.

Grievance Committee:

A contract is only as good as our ability to enforce it. The Grievance Committee is responsible for advocating for fair labor practices at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and protecting graduate employees from abuse… and we need your help! Join the Grievance Committee for an opportunity to have a lasting impact on the lives of your peers all across campus. We meet every Tuesday at 7:00pm at the GEO office. Please contact grievance@uigeo.org with any questions.

Additionally, GEO members now have a new way to communicate to the Grievance Committee! Check out our new online Submit a Grievance form, which is available at http://www.uigeo.org/grievances/grievance-report/. Please pass this link along to your colleagues if you hear of someone that might need to speak with the Grievance Committee.

Bargaining Team:

GEO’s contract with the UIUC Administration is expiring on August 15, 2017. Last year, the Bargaining Research Team conducted research and surveys on important issues for graduate employees at UIUC. The Bargaining Research Team presented four bargaining pillars (Tuition Waivers and Fees, Wages, Healthcare, and Access and Equality) to the membership, which were unanimously approved by a vote at the General Membership Meeting on February 1st, 2017. At this meeting, the Bargaining Team was also selected and unanimously approved by a vote. The Bargaining Team sent GEO’s “Intent to Bargain A New Contract” letter to the UIUC Administration on February 8, 2017. We are currently in the process of scheduling our first bargaining session with the administration in March 2017. Please contact the Bargaining Team (barg@uigeo.org) with any questions.

Elected members of the Bargaining Team:

Natalye Tate (Anthropology)
Shawn Fields, GEO Co-President (Anthropology)
Patrick Kimutis (English)
Melody Buyukozer Dawkins, Steward (Psychology)
Maria Garth, Steward and GEO Communications Officer (Art History)
Alvaro Cruz (Psychology)
Katharine Lee (Anthropology)
Emily K. Sanders (Psychology)
Shay Akil McLean (Sociology)
Eva Rogaar (History)
Bruce Kovanen (English)

Stewards’ Council (SC):

The Stewards Council is always looking for new members who want to help organize their departments! We are especially looking for grad workers who would like to be Stewards in the departments of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering. If you would like to volunteer to be a Steward for your department, or you aren’t sure if your department has a Steward, contact the GEO at geo@uigeo.org.

Stewards are a visible representative of the GEO in their departments, and representatives of their department to the GEO. They are the go-to people for fielding questions about the contract, or other issues that GEO members might be facing, and are essential for communicating problems in their department to the GEO. They also help keep membership in their departments informed and up-to-date about GEO activities. The SC plans a variety of events every year, such as happy hours, general membership meetings, and informational sessions for departments. By being a steward for your department, you can work with GEO to make events tailored to your department’s students’ needs and interests.

Our meetings are open to all GEO members. While each department has its own method for appointing stewards, any GEO member may serve as a steward. Some department have co-Stewards. We welcome all members to join our meetings. Please check the GEO event calendar for the next meeting’s time.

Solidarity Committee (Sol Comm):

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. Please contact the Solidarity Co-Chairs Isis Rose, Daniel Gonzalez, and Efad Huq at solcomm@uigeo.org.

Coordinating Committee (CC):

The Coordinating Committee has two new members. Andy Bowman (English) and Alejandra Pires (Slavic) were elected by vote at a recent Stewards’ Council meeting as SC-CC Liaisons.

Our meetings are open to all GEO members. 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 Co‐President, Shawn Fields, at sffields@gmail.com with any questions.

Communications Committee (Comm Comm):

Our meetings are open to all GEO members. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 15, 6:00-8:00pm, at the GEO Office. Please contact Maria Garth at commcomm@uigeo.org with any questions.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

See a full schedule of GEO events here, and contact geo@uigeo.org with any questions.

 

STAY INFORMED:

Sign up for GEO text message alerts! Text the word “GEO” to 69238 to receive periodic messages. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 69238 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 69238 for more information.

Connect with GEO!

Website: www.uigeo.org
Twitter: @geo_uiuc
Facebook: @uigeo @geosolcomm
Instagram: @geo_uiuc

 

GEO Visa and Immigration Leave Survey

GEO Visa and Immigration Leave Survey

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ONLY:

Are you an:
International Student
Domestic Student with immigrant/international dependents
DACA student?

Have you had any trouble with your visa, immigration, or DACA paperwork during your time at UIUC?

Then please fill out this survey! Please take by March 6th, 2017!

Here is the survey link (If you received an individual link via email, please fill that one out): https://uiuc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUDlm9TQYq62yot

Why?

This semester the GEO will bargain a new contract with the University. In the contract proposal, GEO is working to address the needs of International and DACA employees on our campus. To bargain effectively, the GEO needs feedback from International, DACA, and Domestic students with international or DACA dependents to gain a better sense of their experiences and priorities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Bargaining Team will be crafting contract language proposals to address visa and immigration issues and they need to hear from you concerning immigration issues such as visa paperwork, delays in DACA renewal, receiving a Social Security Number, and many others.
The GEO does not share the answers you give in this survey outside of card-signed membership.

 

Tax Workshop 2017

Join us to learn how to navigate state, federal, and multistate taxes, presented by Nick Vogel, a certified public accountant. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. This event is made possible by the International Student Working Group and Graduate Employees’ Organization.
Coffee and snacks provided.

 

Location: La Casa Cultural Latina (1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00pm

 

Sanctuary of the People: Open Call for Action

UIUC Sanctuary of the People Poster

Sanctuary of the People UIUC invites all students, faculty, staff, and Champaign-Urbana community members to an open meeting regarding the sanctuary movement in our local community. What is sanctuary? How can we use sanctuary as means to create horizontal organizing networks to defend ourselves and our communities? How can you get involved? Join us to plan and organize together!
The event is Thursday, February 16, from 4-6 PM. The location is the Asian American Cultural Center, UIUC (1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801).
Link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1231602816907953/
Come out and show your solidarity!

Resources for Information on Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Here are some resources from GEO’s info session with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya.

 

Resources for Information on the Trump Executive Order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries

 

1. Legal Background:

Presidential Executive Orders:

http://will.illinois.edu/player/audio/presidential-executive-orders

UIUC College of Law panel discussion 2/2/17:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8f-5auN7yU

2. General Sources:

UIUC information page regarding the order:

https://uofi.illinois.edu/blog/view/7019/457316

Office of the Provost, FAQ, Immigration Order of 1-27-17:

https://illinois.edu/blog/view/7019/457640

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):
http://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/immigration-2017-a-new-president-and-congress??utm_source=aila.org&utm_medium=Carousel%2520-%2520P

 

3. What you can do:

Understanding your rights:

https://illinois.edu/blog/view/7197/438432

American Immigration Council (AIC) “Know your Rights” refresher:

http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/11/10/know-rights-refresher-immigrants/

UIPD clarifies role in immigration enforcement:

https://illinois.edu/blog/view/6758/458450

 

GEO Election Results and Announcements

Hello Members,

We hope that all is well with you. Last Wednesday, at the first General Membership Meeting of the year, you voted on GEO committee chairs and the results are in! Congratulations to our newly-elected Grievance Chair Amanda Yuile and our newly-elected Communications Chair Maria Garth!

GEO Community & Campus Events:

Expanding Public Colleges in the Trump Era

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7th
Time: 5 pm
Location: Lincoln Hall, Room 1002.

Today, academic leaders will be tempted to double down on the private good definition of universities under a president who reveres private wealth and transactional business relationships. This talk argues that this will further reduce the university’s stature in the eyes of both the Trump administration and the public. In contrast, restoring the university’s broad public impact will fix its public reputation and reenergize its students and personnel. This lecture extends the argument of Newfield’s The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

There is also a Coffee Hour before the event with Chris Newfield Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 11 – 12:30 at the NTFC Office in the 2nd floor of the McKinley Foundation (809 S. 5th St., Champaign).

Executive Order Info Session for graduate students with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya

Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00pm
Latina/Latino Studies Conference Room (1207 West Oregon Street, Urbana)

Lauren will be talking about what an EO is and will explain the legal framework and proceedings for the current ban. She will also be available to answer questions.

In Solidarity,

Graduate Employees’ Organization

Executive Order Info Session With Immigration Attorney

The GEO is hosting an Executive Order Info Session for graduate students with immigration attorney Lauren Anaya

Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00pm

Latina/Latino Studies Conference Room (1207 West Oregon Street, Urbana)

Lauren will be talking about what an EO is and explain a little bit of the legal framework and proceedings for the current ban. She will also be available to answer questions.

GEO Statement in Response to Immigration EO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
31 January 2017

GEO at UIUC Statement in Response to Immigration EO

To President Timothy Killeen and Chancellor Robert Jones,

We, the Graduate Employee Organization at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, are in solidarity with those affected by the immigration ban.

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that will have devastating effects on citizens, immigrants, and refugees. The EO proposes a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of seven Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. Because of the EO, more than 134 million people are now banned from entering the U.S. The EO has resulted in the dismissal or detainment of refugees, tourists, students, professionals, and even permanent residents at airports and ports of entry. This attempt at safeguarding the U.S. from “radical Islamic terror” conflates terrorism with Islam by painting all Muslims as potential terrorists. The EO also bans Syrian refugees and calls for new and more rigorous immigration screening, even though the U.S. already implements the most rigorous vetting of refugees in the world. These new procedures are unequivocally directed to make it difficult for refugees fleeing from predominantly Muslim countries to gain entry into the U.S.

This EO, together with other recent actions taken by the Trump administration, will adversely affect the University and Champaign-Urbana communities by making it harder for our students, professors, researchers, lecturers, administrators, staff, and all of their families, to live and work with a sense of safety and dignity. President Killeen and Chancellor Jones have repeatedly stated having a strong commitment to making this institution a “world-class university,” and Trump’s EO affects the very people whose labor makes this a world-class institution.

Our demands include, but are not limited to:

1. Demand that the University support the international community at the University of Illinois, including the students, visiting scholars, staff, and faculty who are affected by Trump’s Executive Order, which would prevent them from reentering the United States if they leave the country

2. Demand that the University work to provide affordable housing to those who have been affected by the Executive Order if they are unable to return to their countries of origin

3. Demand that the University provide accessible specialized mental health and counseling support to those who have been affected

4. Demand that University provides those affected by this ban the necessary legal assistance to respond to the Executive Order and any future action on immigration policy taken by the current administration at no cost to them or their families

5. Demand that the University provide any necessary resources to International Student and Scholar Services for them to assist those affected

6. Demand that the University maintain a policy of not disclosing the immigration status of those affiliated with it

7. Demand that the University coordinate with peer institutions on furthering its commitment to these goals, and advocate for international students in the United States, regardless of immigration status, nationality, race, or religion

Furthermore, we demand that the University administration publicly condemn this divisive ban and articulate a detailed plan of action to provide substantial protection and support to all members of our campus community. Prior to taking any actions, the University administration must include those who are directly affected in the development of this plan.

In Solidarity,

The Graduate Employees’ Organization
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign