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GMM on Thursday + Late Appointment Letters


Table of Contents:


    • Next GMM(s) on January 31st

    • ECE Organizing on Tuesday January 29th

    • Late Appointment Letter? File for Compensation!

    • Volunteer Hours + Coffee with Co-Presidents





Next General Membership Meeting on January 31st at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Join us for our 1st General Membership Meeting of the Spring 2019 semester on January 31st! This GMM, we will be looking to the future and presenting an organizing plan GEO committees have put together for this contract cycle (ending in 2022). An upcoming milestone in this contract cycle plan is bargaining for our wages in 2020. Please come to this meeting to provide us feedback so we can decide our next steps together! Here is the Facebook event.

We will be having two GMMs during the day:

  1. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    • Serving: Bagels and Coffee

    • Childcare: provided

    • Doors open: 11:45 AM

  2. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    • Serving: Little Caesars Pizza

    • Childcare: provided

    • Doors open: 6:15 PM.

Both GMMs will be at the Channing Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana).

ECE Organizing on Tuesday January 29th

Our stewards will be organizing at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) building (306 N Wright St.) this week, and you’re welcome to join. We will be carrying welcome booklets, contracts, and GEO swag! If you know someone in ECE that is interested in being a member, please invite them to meet our stewards in the ECE building lobby at 1:30pm on Tuesday!

Late Appointment Letter? File for Compensation!

If you received your appointment letter less than 30 days before the start date of the appointment, then you are entitled to $50 in compensation thanks to our new contract. Fill out this form here to start the process.

Volunteer Hours + Coffee with Co-Presidents

Want to help your union but not sure how? We have plenty of things around the office that we could use your help with! Come in any Monday between 11am and 1pm. This is a great low-stakes way to lend a hand. See our Facebook event for Volunteer Hours here.

As a member-run, member-centric union, GEO leadership want to be as available to you as possible. Co-presidents Bruce and Hilary will be in the office every Monday at 1pm; come by and grab a cup of coffee or tea, ask questions, or just have a chat! See the Facebook event for Coffee with Co-Presidents here.



We are a member-run union; we depend on the commitment of our members to stay as strong as possible. You can find details about what each committee does and how to contact them on our website. No special knowledge is required. You can also follow the calendar of events on our website for the date and time of upcoming meetings: Meetings are open to membership, and coming to a meeting does not commit you to joining a committee.

Upcoming meetings:

Constitutional Committee ( - Contact email for more

Healthcare Working Group ( - Contact email for more

Stewards’ Council ( - See website next week

Finance Committee ( - See website 1-2 weeks after GMM

Solidarity Committee ( - Wednesday February 6th 5:30-7:00 pm

Grievance Committee ( - Wednesday January 30, at 4:00-5:00 pm

Communications Committee ( - Monday February 11, 5:00-6:30 pm

Coordinating Committee ( - Friday February 15th at 4pm



Have comments about the GMM? Other kinds of feedback for us? We want to hear it! Reply to this email or use our anonymous google form. You can also get in touch through our website and social media:


Twitter: @geo_uiuc

Facebook: @uigeo  @geosolcomm

Instagram: @geo_uiuc

In Solidarity,

Graduate Employees’ Organization

809 S. 5th St., Geneva Room

Champaign, IL 61820


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