General Membership Meeting

Mark your calendars for Wednesday April 13, the date of the
next General Membership Meeting. The event starts at 5PM on
the first floor of the University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street).
The agenda for the meeting is below. Also, on attachment are
four proposed bylaws to the GEO Constitution, including
measures on resolving interpersonal conflicts, endorsing
candidates, and creating an elections committee.
Click on the title to see the agenda and proposals.

General Membership Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 5-6:15pm, YMCA
Moderator: John Gergely
I. Reports
1. State of the Union (5 min)
2. Projected Goals for GEO (5 min)
3. Treasurer’s Report (5 min)
4. Dues Discussion (5 min)
II. Officer Elections
1. Nominees may speak for one minute each; time for
questions (15 min)
2. Vote during break (10 min)
III. Bargaining Issues Discussion (15 min)
IV. Proposed By-laws: Discussion and Vote
V. Open Comment

Proposed Bylaws

Bylaw 1 – Interpersonal Conflict
Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
This bylaw will provide for a method of interpersonal conflict resolution, to be binding upon union officers and staff.
Within one month from the date of passage of this bylaw, the co-presidents of the Graduate Employees’ Organization will choose three individuals to sit on a committee to draft a set of recommendations regarding interpersonal conflict resolution. The committee shall consist of: one past GEO officer who is not currently a member of the coordinating committee, one GEO member who is not currently a member of the coordinating committee, and one faculty member of the University of Illinois. These appointments must be ratified by the coordinating committee, also within one month of the passage of this bylaw.
Within three months of the ratification of the committee members, the commitee shall present a conflict resolution policy that may include, but is not limited to, recommendations regarding conflict management training, a method for mediating interpersonal conflict between officers and/or staff members, and for measures to prevent interpersonal conflicts before or after mediation.
Upon submission of this policy, the Stewards Council will have one month to either ratify, amend, or reject the policy. If the policy is amended by the Stewards Council, it must be returned to the committee for approval before ratification. In the event that the Stewards Council rejects the policy, or is unable to ratify a policy within two months of the original submission date, the remaining provisions of this bylaw shall become null and void.
Upon ratification of the policy, it shall become immediately binding on all current and future members of the GEO coordinating committee.
Within two months of adoption of the policy by the coordinating committee, the personnel committee will negotiate with the GEO staff union upon implementation of the policy in a form that will be binding upon GEO staff. Amendments to the policy as it applies to staff that arise from this negotiation must be ratified by the Stewards Council.
Bylaw 2 – Restriction on Candidate Endorsements
BY-LAW CONCERNING THE ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
I. The membership (“Members”) of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) may not resolve to formally endorse a candidate for public office. Public office includes a position within city, county, state, or federal government.
Bylaw 3 – Endorsement of University Candidates
BY-LAW CONCERNING THE ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATES FOR UNIVERSITY-
WIDE OR DEPARTMENTAL OFFICE.
II. The Stewards’ Council (SC) of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO)
may resolve to formally endorse a candidate for university-wide or department office. This includes, but is not limited to candidates for Board of Trustees, Student Senate, and Departmental Committees.
II. The procedure for bringing a resolution concerning the endorsement of a
candidate for university-wide or department office is as follows:
1. One or more GEO members (the “Sponsor”) must sponsor the candidate and the resolution to endorse him or her. The Sponsor begins the endorsement process by appearing before the Stewards’ Council (SC) to express this intent. The SC meeting at which the resolution is voted on must occur at least seven (7) days after the Sponsor gives notice to the SC.
2. After being notified of the Sponsor’s intent, the SC and Coordinating
Committee (CC) have a period of fourteen (14) days to request documents from and meetings with the Sponsor or the candidate.
3. Members must be informed of the resolution at least seven (7) days
prior a vote at the SC by email or other mass communication.
4. The Sponsor and the candidate may speak at the SC meeting where the vote will occur. Additionally, GEO members and the CC may inform the SC of their recommendations. Unless a roll call vote (as described in the SC bylaws) is called during the SC meeting, all members present at the SC meeting will be allowed to vote.
Bylaw 4 – Elections Committee
BYLAW CONCERNING CREATION OF AN ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
1 The Stewards Council, in line with the constitution, will appoint an elections committee consisting of a chairperson and at least two other people. Appointment will either be for a fixed term, not to exceed one year, or for the duration of a specific ballot or ballots. Reappointment will be possible.
2 Where there is a single vacancy for any office each voter will indicate a preference for a single candidate. The candidate with the most votes will be declared successful.
3 Where there are several vacancies for a single office, such as perhaps for At Large Officers, each voter will indicate a preference for the same number of candidates as there are positions vacant. The candidates with the most votes will be declared successful.
4 All ballot measures that fall under the purview of the elections committee, other than elections as outlined above, will require a response of the form YES/NO or ACCEPT/DO NOT ACCEPT.
5 The Chair of the elections committee will co-ordinate the activities of the committee and shall be the person who will announce the official results of elections to the Co-ordinating Committee and Stewards Council. Results may be announced via email.