Update: March 1st, 2018:
GEO met with the UIC administration this afternoon for our first session to bargain a new contract. GEO members from several departments packed the room to show the admins that winning a fair contract matters to us all—so many people came that we needed to bring in extra chairs! Since this was the first session, we discussed the 16 contract articles that we’re *not* seeking to change. These include subjects like union recognition, employee rights, and training. We reached tentative agreements with the admins to not change 9 of those articles. For the articles they want to change, we got them to commit to providing their own counter-proposals at the next session. In other words, we made some very good headway for the first day. The next bargaining session will be Thurs., March 22, 1pm-4pm, in UH 650. GEO members are encouraged to come and show their union pride—because the more members we have in the bargaining room, the more movement we see in negotiations!