GEO Local 6300 IFT/AFT AFL-CIO at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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GEO members can pick up a free copy of the contract in booklet form at the GEO office.

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Contract Summary

The contract duration is August 16, 2017 – August 15, 2022.

The contract covers all members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) bargaining unit, whether or not they are members of the GEO itself. With few exceptions, all graduate employees who hold Teaching or Graduate Assistantships (TAs or GAs) are members of this bargaining unit. Fellows or Research Assistants (RAs) who do not hold TA or GA positions are not subject to the contract. It is very common for graduate employees to move in and out of the bargaining unit as their appointments change from semester to semester.


Effective August 16, 2018 – August 15, 2019, the minimum salary for a 50% nine-month appointment is $17,439. Lower percentages are calculated proportionally; for example, the minimum salary for a 33% TA or GA appointment is $11,509.74.

The minimum salary for a 50% nine-month appointment will be $17,788 in academic year (AY) 2019-2020.

In AY 2019-2020 GEO has the right to “reopen” the contract to bargain higher wages for AY2020-2021 and AY2021-2022.

Parental Rights

Eligible TAs and GAs are entitled to six weeks of “parental accommodation” following the birth or adoption of a child. An assistant is eligible if s/he holds an active appointment at the time the leave is taken.

These six weeks consist of: two weeks paid parental leave, two weeks paid sick leave, and personal unpaid leave of absence up to the six week maximum if the assistant does not have enough paid sick leave. The first two weeks of paid parental leave are guaranteed and do not require sick leave.

The two weeks of paid leave are taken immediately following the birth or adoption of a child, but the remaining four weeks can be taken anytime during the appointment.

Health Care

The University will contribute 87% per semester (fall, spring, summer) of the Student Health Insurance Fee for any assistant holding an assistantship who chooses to be covered by the University plan.

The University will pay 100% of the student Health Service fee.

Dental and Vision insurance is provided at no cost.

Immigration Leave

If you are unable to report to work for a short period of time to attend a required meeting or a proceeding before a governmental agency due to an immigration related matter (for yourself or a family member), you may request that your schedule be revised or covered by another assistant in an effort to accommodate your time off.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers will be guaranteed to teaching assistants and graduate assistants holding a .25 to .67 full-time equivalent (FTE) appointments. Once enrolled in a graduate program, students will be governed by the tuition waiver policy in effect at the time of their first enrollment in that program, as long as they remain in that program, even if later modifications to the program should occur. The policy under which the tuition waiver for a student is governed will be referenced in the offer letter that is extended to the student.

Except as otherwise specifically modified by the terms of this provision, nothing contained within this Agreement diminishes the role of the faculty through shared governance in creating, developing, setting the direction for or designating academic programs at the University.

Questions? Email GEO at or speak with your departmental steward.