Due to taxation of their stipends, graduate students often lose out on hundreds of dollars per year.  Until the Tax Reform Act of 1986 these stipends were tax-exempt. Please see this petition below, calling on the Obama Administration to return stipends to their tax-exempt status. The petition requires you to create a whitehouse.gov account in order to sign.

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/reinstate-tax-exempt-status-graduate-student-stipends/rXJf6HlP

Occupy Wall Street has put out a call for labor unions across the country to join in solidarity with the Occupy movement on Thursday, November 17th.  With unemployment rates remaining high, this national day of action will call for solidarity amongst the Occupy movements across the United States as we demand jobs, not cuts!  Join with fellow GEO colleagues, UIC students, fellow unions, and community members for an afternoon of events in Chicago, beginning with a meet up and rally with Occupy UIC in the UIC Quad at 1:30 p.m.  The schedule of events for the rest of the afternoon is as follows:

1:30 Occupy UIC Quad meet up and rally
2:30 Head to Congress and Michigan to join Student Feeder march
3:30 Rally at Thompson Center (put on by Stand Up! Chicago)
4:30 Direct action planned by Stand Up! Chicago
5:30 Rally at LaSalle and Jackson site of Occupy Chicago

Please join us for some or all of the events and stand in solidarity with fellow unions across the country for this national day of action!

You can find more information about this and other events at the Stand Up! Chicago website.

 

Do you want to know more about how your concerns are being addressed as a graduate employee and how you can get involved in implementing change?

Join the GEO for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. in the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203) with the Student Trustee, Ken Thomas, centered around issues affecting graduate employees and how, working together, these concerns can be addressed!  As Student Trustee, Ken sits on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees which is in charge of major decision-making that affects all graduate employees and students in the U of I system.  Learn more about how Ken has worked with GEO in the past, and what issues you want GEO to take up in the future!  This is your union; come get involved and have your say.  Pizza will be provided.