At 12pm on Tuesday, February 26th, there will be a rally for graduate employee rights in the UIC Quad. We will be showing our strength to encourage the administration to be more reasonable at the bargaining table.

Graduate employees are an essential part of UIC’s workforce. We spend countless hours teaching, grading, planning, and performing important administrative tasks. Despite this, many grad employees live below the poverty line, and many more earn much less than the $17,958 per year that UIC’s own financial aid office claims is the cost of living in Chicago. We deserve better.

The Graduate Employees’ Organization, the union representing all TA’s and GA’s at UIC, has been negotiating a new contract for the past 9 months. The administration has thus far refused to offer a financial proposal that even comes close to a living wage.

At the last General Membership Meeting, GEO members voted to begin a strike drive, in preparation for and with the hope to avoid a strike.

Part of the organizing effort that any member can participate in is going office door to office door to talk with fellow members about their experiences as graduate employees and address any questions or thoughts they may have. If you’re interested in doing this but are unsure of how to make the approach, the Direct Action Working Group has the answer.

Join us Monday, November 19th at 4:00pm for a workshop on door to door organizing. The workshop will be in the GEO office, 815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 203 (above Giordano’s). You can RSVP for it on our Facebook event page; be sure to invite your colleagues, too:

Can’t make it but still want to help? E-mail us at and we’ll be in touch.

-The Direct Action Working Group