Do you want to talk to fellow graduate employees about the issues that concern them most but aren’t sure how to start those conversations?  Come to our Organizing Training on Wednesday, February 1st, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren Suite 203) to learn more about what issues are at stake, how to engage with fellow graduate employees, and how to build the strongest GEO possible.   If you want to ensure tuition waivers, work towards lowering tuition differentials, and see an increase in stipends, then get involved; this is your union, so you can make it happen!

On Monday, January 23rd, there will be a General Membership Meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Student Center East, Fort Dearborn B.  The purpose will be to vote on Bargaining Committee members, who will be representing the GEO at the table with the university administration when we bargain our contract.  If you have a desire to help fight for a fair contract in the coming months and will be available through out the spring, summer, and fall semesters, send in your name to be put on the ballot.  The cut-off for nominations is Friday, January 20th at noon, although a write-in space will be provided on the ballot.

Welcome back to the Spring 2012 semester!  It’s sure to be an exciting one as the GEO heads into a contract campaign, meaning we’ll be going back to the bargaining table to bargain a new contract with the administration.  In order to have a successful contract campaign, it’s vital to have as many members as involved as possible.  That’s why in the coming weeks we’ll be having departmental meetings, surveys, and organizing trainings to find out what issues are important to GEO members and to let you know how you can get involved.  Want to start now and learn more?  Email us at geo@uic-geo.net!