Past updates on bargaining are here. Bargaining sessions are on Wednesdays in University Hall (UH) 650. Next session: Feb. 1, 1-4pm.
On Wednesday January 20th, 2016 the University and GEO restarted negotiations which had been on hold since before Thanksgiving due to the holidays and the University Team’s vacation schedule. However, the tone of negotiations was changed with the meeting on the 20th. Dean of the Graduate College, Karen Colley, is now attending bargaining negotiations as the Chancellor’s spokesperson.
Additionally, the University brought to the GEO a new comprehensive proposal that had made significant movement from the previous position and in the context of how bargaining has been proceeding this contract negotiation season. GEO did not accept this proposal, but created a counter proposal that was presented today, Wednesday the 27th, to the University. The University responded with a counter. GEO will pass another comprehensive proposal to the University on Monday, February 1st, in UH 650 from 1-4 PM. This process will likely repeat on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 12-5 PM.
TL;DR: There has been movement from both the University and the GEO in negotiations. We will be meeting with the University again on Monday the 1st from 1-4 PM in UH 650 as well as Wednesday the 3rd from 12-5 PM also in UH 650. GEO will pass another comprehensive proposal to the University on Monday the 1st and will likely receive a response. This will likely repeat on Wednesday. Come and make your voice heard in our decisions to accept or reject the proposals that the University gives to the GEO!

Contract negotiations are heating up!

Now is a crucial time to get active with your union and plan our possible upcoming strike.

Wednesday Jan. 27th
UIC-GEO Bargaining Session 
12-5pm (You don’t have to stay the entire session)
UH 650

Wednesday Jan. 27th
Grievance Committee Meeting
6pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Thursday Jan. 28th
Stewards and Organizing Meeting
4pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Monday Feb. 1st
Steering Committee Meeting
4pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Monday Feb. 1st
Ad-Hoc Strike Planning Committee Meeting
5pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Wednesday Feb. 3rd
UIC-GEO Bargaining Session 
12-5pm You don’t have to stay the entire session
UH 650

Friday Feb. 5th
Communications Committee Meeting
2pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Monday Feb. 8th
Strike Planning Committee Meeting
5pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Tuesday Feb. 9th
General Membership Meeting
Finalize Strike Plan and Bargaining Update
6pm at Gallery 400 400 S. Peoria St.
Food Provided

Wednesday Feb. 10th
UIC-GEO Bargaining Session 
12-5pm You don’t have to stay the entire session
UH 650

Thursday Feb. 11th
Stewards and Organizing Meeting
4pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Monday Feb. 15th
Steering Committee Meeting
4pm at GEO Offices 815 W. VanBuren Suite 203

Wednesday Feb. 17th
UIC-GEO Bargaining Session 
12-5pm (You don’t have to stay the entire session)
UH 650

Contract negotiations resume on Wednesday January 20th at UH 650.

12-1 will be updates from our GEO negotiation team
1-5 will be contract negotiations

The administration’s last offer included:
-Union busting language
-A proposal to leave tuition waivers at the discretion of each department
-A minimal raise that is no where near what we have requested
Please attend, wear your GEO shirts/buttons, and help us send a strong message that we are serious about a fair contract!
Be sure to stay in touch with GEO for all our upcoming actions.
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