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

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Election Results and End-of-Year Social


***May 2, 2018***

Table of Contents:

  • Election Results

  • Co-Presidents’ Message

  • End-of-Year Social

  • NTFC Work-In

  • Join a committee!

  • Connect with GEO



After polling closed on Monday evening, ballots have been counted and new officers have been elected! The list of new officers is provided below.


  • Hilary Gross

  • Bruce Kovanen


  • Allan Axelrod

Communications Officers

  • Ashli Anda and Gabe Malo

Grievance Officer

  • Joe Izaguirre

Solidarity Officer

  • Carolina Ortega

Officers at large (3 positions)

  • Andy Bowman

  • Tara Hatfield

  • Michelle Victora



We are excited to get to work! It'll be a busy couple of weeks, but keep an eye out for announcements from the Coordinating Committee soon, and if you'd like to get involved over the summer or have some ideas you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to reach out at!


Hilary and Bruce



May 4 – GEO End-of-Year Happy Hour

Quality Bar (110 N Neil St)

6pm – close

Food and drinks provided.

Join your GEO colleagues at Quality for an end-of-year happy hour! GEO will provide pizza and a bar tab of $500 (first come, first served). We look forward to celebrating another year of union power with you all!



May 3 – Non-Tenured Faculty Coalition (NTFC) Solidarity Work-In

At Illini Union Courtyard Cafe

10 am – 2 pm

Food will be provided.

Wear your union swag. Hold office hours, grade papers, write papers, read, converse with colleagues, and show solidarity with our fellow workers!



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. Become a steward and help GEO organize across campus! 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.

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!

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. 




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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.