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How to receive reimbursement for lost pay


***April 12, 2018***

Table of Contents:

  • How to receive reimbursement for lost pay

  • Back pay and raise

  • The Grievance Committee needs more members!

  • Connect with GEO



The GEO is committed to supporting members who lost pay due to their participation in the strike. Lost pay will be reimbursed at the base pay rate, approximately $23/hr. Your loss of pay will be reflected in the April 16th check, which you can view starting three days in advance of payday by viewing your online earnings statement. To accurately calculate reimbursement, we will need copies of your appointment letter, your March and April earnings statements, and the HR form for reporting missed hours in order to verify that you missed pay. 

Please submit these documents and related information through this google form:

To process reimbursements quickly, please submit documentation by Friday, April 20. 

Reimbursements will be made by check and, once confirmed, will be available for pick-up in the GEO office. All information submitted to the GEO through the google form will be kept strictly confidential by the Grievance Committee.

If you need additional financial assistance, there will be no-interest loans available for GEO members who lost pay through the University of Illinois Community Credit Union starting April 16th. We also have a confidential Emergency Welfare Strike Fund for members who experience financial emergencies. You can find more information about those here; if you need one of these resources, please contact us at

For more information about food banks and other resources, see this document (originally compiled for during the strike).



The raises negotiated into the new contract will be reflected in your April 16th paycheck. However, the lump sum back payment for the raise will not appear until your May 16th paycheck.



Just after a contract is signed is the busiest time for the Grievance Committee. They are working hard defending members who haven’t been allowed to make up hours, who faced intimidation, and who are already experiencing violations of the new contract. As one of our smallest committees, they could use your help doing this essential work! If you are interested in joining the Grievance Committee, email No special knowledge is required.



GEO Officer elections will be happening on Thursday, April 19! We are seeking new officers for the following positions:

Co-Presidents (2 positions)


Communications Officer(s)

Grievance Officer(s)

Solidarity Officer(s)

Officers at large (3 positions)

You do not require any specialized knowledge to perform the roles associated with any positions described in detail here. Our outgoing officers will be happy to help you transition smoothly.  Please let us know if you have any questions!




The AFSCME Local 3700 has been without a contract for 10 months as they have organized against frozen wages and the reinstitution of an historically abused Merit System. They will be rallying at the UIUC’s “Strategic Plan Town Hall” (described below) to ask if their well-being is part of the plan. For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Date: Tuesday, April 3rd
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm

Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL, near the fountain

Strategic Plan Town Hall

The Strategic Plan Town Hall is organized by the UIUC Administration to discuss the next 150 years of campus priorities, with an emphasis on the next 5 years. The end of the presentation includes an opportunity for comments and questions, so we invite all GEO members to participate. A few of us are going as a group, so please email/facebook message us if you’d like to join us!  For information on the UIUC Strategic Plan, see the Strategic Plan page here.

Date: Tuesday, April 3rd

Time: 12pm-1pm

Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL, 

Tax Workshop

Trouble figuring out how to file your state and federal tax returns? Not sure how the new raises factor into your taxes? Come to this Tax Workshop! For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Date: Tuesday, April 3rd

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Channing Murray (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801)

There will be a presentation and time for questions. Contact us at with any questions.

Strike Debrief GMM

Our next General Membership Meeting will serve as a debrief about the strike and the new contract. Pizza and childcare will be provided!

Date: April 12th

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Channing Murray (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801)




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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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