As we continue into next semester, GEO will continue its work heading towards the bargaining table in the spring.  The contract expires in August of 2012 and, as a result, GEO will be bargaining a new contract with the university and the Board of Trustees.  There are plenty of ways to get involved:
–Beginning in January, we will be circulating a survey to find out what issues you want to see brought to the bargaining table.  If you’re interested in helping to circulate the survey and talk to your colleagues about what issues are important to them, let us know!
–We will also be starting to form a Bargaining Team, who will represent GEO members at the table and help negotiate with the university.  If you have any interest in assisting, please contact us!

The key to this being a successful contract campaign will ultimately amount to GEO member involvement; this is your union, so have your say!

Since April 2010, New York University and the Graduate Student Organizing Committee/United Auto Workers have been waiting for a decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on whether or not graduate employees at a private university will have the right to collectively bargain with their employer.  Currently, Graduate Students United at the University of Chicago are organizing a petition to get the NLRB to finally issue its decision and to pressure it into ruling favorable for collective bargaining rights.  This ruling has far-reaching implications for graduate employee unions across the country, because if grad employees at all institutions are given the right to collectively bargain, this will bolster the strength of graduate workers and help to ensure that items such as fair stipends, health care, and tuition waivers are provided for all graduate employees.
You can sign the petition here: http://gradlaborcounts.org/
Also, at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13th GSU will be staging an action at the Chicago regional office of the NLRB, during which they will deliver the petition.  However, the petition will remain open until Dec. 31st or when the NLRB issues a ruling, whichever comes first.  You can find more information at their website, http://gradlaborcounts.org/ including the most recent endorsements from AFT and AAUP.