GEO General Membership Meeting Spring 2017




On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, at 6:30pm, we will be having our 1st General Membership Meeting of the year. The meeting will take place at the University YMCA basement in rooms K1 and K2. We will be talking about contract priorities, electing a bargaining team for our upcoming bargaining cycle, introducing GEO constitution amendments, and voting on committee officers! The agenda and potential amendments for the upcoming meeting are below. Food is provided. Children are welcome.

Pay raises for TAs and GAs

Effective in February (reflected in the March payroll) TAs and GAs on campus will receive a 2% raise in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between GEO and the University of Illinois. If you have any questions or if your raise is not reflected in your March paycheck please contact

GMM Agenda

February 1st, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
1st Spring Semester GMM
University YMCA K1 & K2

  1. Welcome and Agenda Overview
  2. Committee Updates and Event Announcements
  3. Committee Chair nominations
    1. Communications Chair
    2. Grievance Chair
  4. Introduction of Constitutional Amendments and Questions
  5. BRT, Research, and Pillars
  6. Q&A
  7. Getting Involved during Bargaining
  8. Voting
    1. Pillars
    2. BT Members


Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Article VII: Officers


4. Any two members in good standing may run as a team to the positions of Communications Officer, Grievance Officer, or Solidarity Officer. Teams elected for these positions will share a single vote, decided through consensus, in the CC.

If one of the members that ran as a team is unable to fulfil their responsibilities, the remaining member can continue to fulfil their elected position. The remaining officer, if they choose, may select choose to another member to fill the role as defined in Section 5b. The replacing officer will help with fulfilling the duties of the officer for the committee. The original officer can choose to either hold the voting power themselves or place their vote, through consensus.

5. Processes for re-appointing Officers:

  1. If a currently elected Treasurer, Officer-at-Large, or Co-president is unable to fulfil their responsibilities, they may suggest that someone else fill the role. The CC will then hold a meeting to appoint, via a vote, a member in good standing to fill the position, taking the recommendation of the current officer into account. Officers appointed in this manner will serve primarily to fill the duties of the position; they will not have voting rights on the CC.
  2. If a currently elected Grievance Officer, Solidarity Officer, or Communication Officer is  unable to fulfill their responsibilities, the officer may convene a meeting of their respective committee to determine who could suitably fill the role. The committee will then nominate a member in good standing subject to approval by the SC. The new officer will serve primarily as the chair for the committee and will not have voting rights on the CC.
  3. If any officer wishes for reappointment under (a) or (b), the CC should inform the general membership, at least one week in advance before the committee for whom the member will serve as leader will vote on unelected officers. The communication should contain detailed information about the positions to be filled, about candidates,  and about member’s right to attend the committee meeting in which voting takes place.

Amendment to Article VI: Ballots, Elections, and Referenda

Numeral to amend:

3. An election to fill a vacant officership must be held within 25 days of the vacancy arising.


3. If no re-appointment process is initiated to temporarily fill a vacant officership, as specified under Article VII.5, an election to fill such vacancy must be held within 30 days of the vacancy arising, except when vacancies occur during after the end of winter semester or before fall semester of the academic year. In these cases, the 30 day window begins the first day of classes. If such process is initiated, an election must be held within 90 days of  the vacancy arising.

Amending Article VI: Ballots, Elections, and Referenda, replacing Section 1 with the following language: “Any vote requiring the general membership may be performed in-person or through a secure online voting platform, and shall be called and decided on by the Coordinating Committee.  Membership may also vote to have any issue put to such a ballot by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a membership meeting.