Fellow Graduate Employees,
The United Faculty strike is here. After months of negotiations the administration continues its stand against better wages and working conditions for its faculty. While GEO employees cannot legally sympathy strike, we do encourage everyone to join the faculty and show support in whatever way they can. Here is some useful information about the labor action and ways you can get involved:
UF website has a wealth of information about picketing times and actions, including the location of warming stations, etc: http://uicunitedfaculty.org/2014/02/uic-united-faculty-strike-details-logistics/
Wear blue to show solidarity with UF on Tuesday and Wednesday.
For those who have to cross the picket line to complete their duties, they can get blue armbands at Hull House, SEO 776, and UH 1827. Armbands are a way of displaying solidarity even if you have no choice but to cross the picket line.
UF is trending on twitter, use #UICstrike. A list of ideas for tweets and other social media support is available on the GEO website: http://uic-geo.net/mainsite/?p=1212
Take “strike selfies” in your empty classrooms to show how strong undergrad support is for the strike.
Here’s a set of strike graphics you can share on your Facebook wall. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.674831679226963.1073741845.523003031076496&type=3
Here is an FAQ that will help clarify the GEOs responsibilities during the work stoppage: http://uic-geo.net/mainsite/?p=1210
Here is an article in the Jacobin about the strike that succinctly explains the position of UF: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/02/faculty-on-strike
The United Faculty fight is our fight. Turn out and let the administration know that we are serious when we say UIC works because we do.