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

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Updates from the GEO


***April 16, 2018***

Table of Contents:

  • Reminder to submit form for reimbursement

  • Officer elections

  • Events

  • Join a committee!

  • 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 youronline 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).



GEO Officer elections will be happening on Thursday, April 26! 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.  To let us know you want to run for a position, or ask any questions, please contact us at!



What is Janus? GMM

Our next General Membership Meeting will discuss the Supreme Court Case Janus that poses a great threat to public sector unions across the country and what it means for us. Pizza and childcare will be provided!

Date: April 19th

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

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

Officer Elections GMM

Join us at the April 26th General Membership Meeting to hear from those running for elected positions and cast your vote. (More information about voting for those who cannot attend the GMM will be sent out closer to the date)

Date: April 26th

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

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

I-H.O.P.E. Gala

I-CAUSE (Illinois-Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students) and La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. are hosting the first I-H.O.P.E. Gala to raise funds for scholarships for undocumented students at UIUC. Tickets are $100 for the general public and $50 for students. The Solidarity Committee has approved ticket purchases on a first come first serve basis for members who are interested in going and representing GEO at the gala. Please if you are interested in attending. For more information please check here.

Date: May 2nd

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Location: I-Hotel Conference Center (1900 South 1st Street Champaign, IL 61820)



Stewards’ Council

The Stewards’ Council (SC) is the primary organizing and planning body, and real “heart,” of GEO. This is where representatives from across campus come together to discuss membership needs. We meet every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm in the GEO office.

Grievance Committee

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.

Solidarity Committee

The Solidarity Committee performs crucial outreach both within and outside of the labor community. SolComm is an important committee within GEO, and could use some more members! If you are interested in joining the Solidarity Committee, please email No special knowledge is required.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee produces GEO-Ls and flyers, responds to interview requests, manages GEO’s social media, orders swag, and more! We could use people with all varieties of skill sets, so don’t be afraid if you’re not a writer or graphic designer -- we’d love to have you!




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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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