GEO stands in solidarity with Harvard Graduate Students Union – UAW, whose members have been on strike since December 3rd. Read our statement of support, then spread the word about their efforts: https://www.facebook.com/hgsuuaw/

Image description: a one-page letter on GEO letterhead from the GEO steering committee to Harvard Administrators. This document is available as a PDF at http://uic-geo.net/…/wp-…/uploads/2019/12/Harvard-letter.pdf

Friends! Summer is almost over (boo), and GEO is gearing up for a busy fall on behalf of members and the larger UIC community (yay).

Know this: we have an important meeting with the Office of Access and Equity (OAE) on Monday, September 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am, at which time we’ll be providing input on:

1) the creation of Gender Transition Guidelines, and
2) the quality, quantity, and accessibility of lactation facilities.

We are looking for 2-3 people to take on formulating specific recommendations to give to OAE on each point listed above.

In preparation for the meeting, there will be a couple of in-person meetings, plus remote work to compile recommendations based on member input and examples of model institutions.

If you OR someone you know is interested, contact Sagen Cocklin at president@uic-geo.net.

[Image description: a group of a dozen individuals sits around a table in a conference room. They are turning to face the camera, smiling and raising fists in the air in signs of solidarity.]

GEO and the administration met today for the 31st time since March 1, 2018. After reaching a tentative contract agreement last night, today we reached a settlement to end the strike. The settlement forbids retaliation for participation in the strike, and it allows TAs and GAs the opportunity to make up any work hours they missed during the strike by May 3rd. What this means is nobody will have pay docked in the April paycheck, and everyone will have the right to make up lost hours between now and May 3rd to avoid having pay docked in May. Also, we expect to get our retroactive raise for this year in the May paycheck– which will be $815 added to the campus minimum for a 50% appointment.

The strike is therefore suspended and TAs and GAs should resume working. But the tentative contract agreement needs to be ratified by the members for it to be officially in effect.

We will hold a General Membership Meeting this upcoming Monday evening, 5-6:30pm, in Gallery 400 (400 S Peoria St) to discuss all the details of the tentative contract agreement and the strike settlement, and to begin voting on whether to ratify the contract. Members who can attend can then inform their coworkers who aren’t able to attend.