Geo Contract Convention: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future


The Information

On October 29, 2016, the GEO will come together to begin enacting our future.  Join us for a day of solidarity, training, and information, as we  prepare to bargain next semester with the administration of the University of Illinois.  During this half-day convention we will discuss our upcoming bargaining and create specific goals for our next contract; learn how to engage with our colleagues about our union and inform them about how the GEO is there for them; brainstorm on possible activities and actions we can take to leverage our position; and come together to ensure a fair and equatable work place.  Lunch will be provided from the Caribbean Grill (with non-spicy options too).

While we would love for you to attend the whole event, you’re more than welcome to attend any portion of it.  Just indicate which portion on the registration form.

The Key Note:
Grassroots Bargaining Against the Odds with Kerry Pimblott
Open to the public starting at 4 pm (Murphy Hall, YMCA)

Kerry Pimblott will join the faculty at the University of Manchester this spring as a lecturer in American history. She earned a B.A. with First Class Honours in American Studies from King’s College London and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, Pimblott was an active member of the Champaign Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice (CUCPJ) and the Graduate Employees Organization, Local 6300, AFT-IFT/AFLCIO, serving as the union’s President, Lead Negotiator, and co-founder of the Solidarity Committee. Her research interests include African American and African diaspora history, Black social movements, and religious cultures and institutions. Pimblott’s most recent scholarship focuses on the role of the Black church and Black theology in the Black Power Movement and has been published in Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, and Janine Giordano Drake, eds., The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (Urbana: University of Illinois, 2016). Her first book, Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois, is slated for release in January 2017. Pimblott is currently working on a new project about the generation of African and Afro-Caribbean activists that sojourned in the United States and Europe during the interwar years.

The Workshops

How to Have An Organizing Conversation
A union is only a strong as its members.  In this workshop, we will provide strategies for you to engage with your colleagues about our union and inform them about how the GEO is there for them.

Work Actions: Brainstorming for the Future
This workshop will explore the various actions we may collectively enact to insure a fair and equitable contract.

Schedule of Events

12:00 pm – Opening comments, contract needs, buffet lunch
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm – Session One
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Session Two
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm – wrap up
4:00 pm – Keynote with Kerry Pimblott
(Open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.)