The University of Illinois Chicago Graduate Employees Organization (UIC-GEO), American

Federation of Teachers Local 6297, is a fair share labor union representing approximately

1400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants across 59 departments at the University

of Illinois at Chicago. We have been recognized by the University of Illinois system since

2004, winning our first contract in 2006. Currently, we are seeking a full-time Staff

Organizer/Representative. This is a unionized position and represented by a Collective

Bargaining Agreement.

 Duties will include:

·      building GEO membership through activities such as office visits and one-on-one


·      identifying and recruiting activists and leaders

·      providing support and advice to committees and Stewards Council

·      planning and execution of events and meetings

·      mobilizing members for job actions and group grievances

·      developing and running ongoing campaigns

·      designing and developing literature

·      enforcing the contract through activities such as grievance processing

·      representing GEO to the UIC administration and other organizations

·      contract negotiations

·      developing and conducting trainings

·      It is expected that 40% of the work week will be devoted to organizing in the field,

with the remaining 60% devoted to other responsibilities as outlined by UIC-GEO


Preferred qualifications include:

·      At least one year union organizing experience

·      Strong interpersonal skills

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Bachelors degree preferred, Associates acceptable with significant experience

·      Flexibility in work schedule absolutely necessary (some nights/weekends will be

necessary, especially during contract campaigns)

·      Enjoys/would enjoy working with students seeking advanced degrees

Salary and benefits:

·      Salary is $64,687.50

·      Competitive healthcare insurance provided, including dental and vision coverage,

as well as short term and long term disability coverage and 401k contributions.

Application process:

·      E-mail submission of application preferred.  Direct applications and inquiries to

·      When applying, please include a cover letter and resume, including references who

can comment on organizing work

·      Please respond by August 31st, 2015.  We will be contacting applicants for

interviews after that date.

·      If you prefer to mail your application, please send materials to:

UIC Graduate Employees Organization

815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203

Chicago, IL 60607

·      We strongly encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals to apply!

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