GEO Local 6300 IFT/AFT AFL-CIO at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Updates from the GEO


***January 2, 2018 -- 140 days since our contract expired on August 15th***

Happy New Year! 

Table of Contents:


    • Spring TA Orientation: Call for Volunteers

    • Bargaining Update

    • How to Stay Involved Over Winter Break

    • Electing a New Communications Officer


    • Wear It Wednesday

    • Wednesday Work-In




Spring TA Orientation: Call for Volunteers

Spring orientation for new TAs will take place on January 10th from 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM and January 11th from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM at Wohlers Hall. Volunteers are needed to talk to new TAs, get cards signed, and hand out shirts. Even if you can only sign up for an hour, your help will be greatly appreciated! Please sign up with your availability in this sign up sheet

Bargaining Update

Our next mediation session with the administration is scheduled for January 5th, at the Illinois Fire Services Institute (11 Gerty Dr, Champaign, IL 61820). All members are welcome to attend. A recap of our most recent bargaining session is available on our website. 

How to Stay Involved Over Winter Break

We want members to stay involved with their union over winter break! Here are some suggestions for how to do so:

  • Follow us on social media, and continue to like, share, and reply to posts.

  • Send us photos of you working over break, and wearing your GEO swag to represent us in different states or countries. We’re using the hashtag #GradHoliday.

  • Talk to your friends and family about GEO and bargaining. If your family doesn’t know much about unions, or you’re worried that they might be hostile, we’ve put together some suggestions, which you can find attached to this email and on Facebook here. If they want to contact the university to express their concern for you, we suggest that they contact Provost Cangellaris or Heather Horn.

  • Make an organizing plan for when you’re back in January, so you can hit the ground running! Think about professors or peers to whom you could talk, and how you’ll approach them. Email us if you need help doing so!

  • If you’re staying in town over break and want to help around the office or have an informal meeting, reach out! Some of us will be here too, and would be happy to meet.

Electing a New Communications Officer

We have an opening for the position of Communications Officer. The Communications Officer leads the GEO Communications Committee. The Communications Committee is in charge of keeping the bargaining unit informed, communicating with the press, and organizing GEO’s representation on social media. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is passionate about GEO’s mission. If you have an interest in being the next Communications Officer, please email the GEO at with your contact information. All GEO members are eligible to put their names forward for the position.



Wear It Wednesday

Every Wednesday, wear your GEO shirt or pin for “Wear it Wednesday”! Take a photo and post it with the tag #WearItWednesday to share with us on Instagram or Twitter.

Work-in Wednesday 

Work-in Wednesdays will not take place over winter break. Keep an eye on our Facebook for when they’ll resume!




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Facebook: @uigeo  @geosolcomm

Instagram: @geo_uiuc

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In Solidarity,

Graduate Employees’ Organization

809 S. 5th St., Geneva Room

Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-344-8283


This is a newsletter for members about our recent news and events. The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), IFT/AFT local 6300, AFL-CIO, is a member-run labor union and represents Teaching and Graduate Assistants (TAs and GAs) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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