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Labor Notes Conference 2018 Friday April 6-Sunday April 8th 

Labor Notes Conferences are the biggest gatherings out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.

  • Join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists who are on the front lines in our workplaces and our communities, organizing new workers and agitating together. Meet troublemakers from across the country and around the world.
  • More than 100 meetings and workshops include creative organizing tactics, beating apathy, running for local union office, winning contract campaigns, bargaining over technology, understanding the economy, life after “right to work,” and reviving the strike.
  • Organize with others in your union, industry, or campaign. Face-to-face meetings to share tactics and swap notes are the heart of the Labor Notes Conference. Join an existing industry, union, or caucus meeting—or contact us to set one up.

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AGEL Conference
Friday, April 7- Saturday, April 8
UIC-GEO will be hosting this year’s AGEL (Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals) spring conference. The conference will be Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th. The theme of the conference is Higher Education Organizing.

Friday will primarily be an organizing day, with informational union outreach occurring at Northwestern and the University of Chicago. This is an exciting opportunity to see first hand how unions are built! Saturday will be workshops and plenary sessions focused on Higher Education organizing in the current political environment. AGEL is a communal space to meet graduate students from all over the country and fight for better working conditions together!


GEO’s 10 Year Anniversary Social
Thursday, April 13, 5-7pm, Jak’s Tap (901 W. Jackson)

Join us Thursday April 13th from 5-7pm to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of GEO’s first union contract!  Drinks and food will be provided. GEO leadership and stewards will also present a program on the history and future of our union.

The program will be from 5:30 to 6pm. Come meet your fellow union members and celebrate all the gains we have made over the past ten years. We’ve come a long way since getting paid in Dragon Dollars! (Click here for the Facebook event.)


March for Science
Saturday, April 22, 9am

The March for Science will take place Saturday April 22nd at 9am (Location TBD).
UIC faculty, staff, students, and our allies will form a contingent for the March for Science Chicago. The next planning meeting is April 6th at 4pm, at AHS 622. All UIC faculty, staff, and students are welcome.


Teach-Out for Illinois Higher Education
Thursday, April 27

Fight for your students! Higher education has not been appropriately funded since before 2000. Talk to your chapter chair about attending the April 27 Teach Out and join Illinois Federation of Teachers, UIC United Faculty Local 6456, UPI, and UIC Graduate Employees Organization to demonstrate that you’ve had enough!

Joint GEO and United Faculty Meeting This Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 pm

Joint GEO and United Faculty Meeting This Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 pm

Join fellow GEO and United Faculty members for a joint meeting this Wednesday, September 10th at 4:30 pm at the IFT Office (850 W. Jackson, Suite 220–bring your ID to enter the building).  We’ll be joined by Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery as he discusses the upcoming elections season.  If you’re interested in knowing Read More →

General Membership Meeting: Wednesday, September 17th from 5-7 pm

General Membership Meeting: Wednesday, September 17th from 5-7 pm

Join your fellow GEO members for a discussion of and vote on the annual GEO budget during this General Membership meeting. We will look at the proposed discretionary budget for the 2014-2015 year and then vote on the planned budget.  It’s an important vote since this will direct what your union should focus monetary resources Read More →

Welcome Back GEO Block Party: Thursday, August 27th from 3-7 pm

Welcome Back GEO Block Party: Thursday, August 27th from 3-7 pm

Summer isn’t over until we say it is! Join the GEO for a Welcome Back Block Party on 28 August, from 3-7 PM. It will take place on Green Street, south of Van Buren (behind the GEO office). We’ll have tacos from Big Star, beer, and games. Stop by to catch up with colleagues you haven’t seen in Read More →

GEO Office Hours For Questions Regarding United Faculty Walkout

GEO Office Hours For Questions Regarding United Faculty Walkout

Due to the impending United Faculty walkout planned for February 18th and 19th, we have posted a general FAQ for all GEO members here. Additionally, we will be holding “office hours” next week to answer questions, address concerns, and be generally supportive of all GEO members, in addition to supporting faculty in their fight for a fair Read More →

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