GEO Supports UIS Grad Union Election

908.jpgThis past weeekend, members of the GEO Stewards’ Council visited Springfield to assist the Association of Graduate Employees in promoting their March 1st union election. The Association of Graduate Employees (a Chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, IFT-AFT) is the organization hoping to become the official representative of graduate employees at the University of Illinois, Springfield (UIS).
Currently GAs/TAs at UIS make $4000 a year less than GAs/TAs doing the same work at UIUC. Additionally, UIS healthcare and health services are inadequate for graduate employees with families and recurring medical conditions. After the election, UIS grad employees hope to address these issues through contract negotiations.
If you are interested in helping “get out the union vote” at UIS on Wednesday, March 1st, please contact the GEO office (344-8283). The Association of Graduate Employees have extended an invitation to GEO members to help them celebrate a successful union election on March 1st.