Thank you for joining the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO). As a member, you receive access to these special benefits:
1. Scholarly Support Fund
Our Scholarly Support Fund (SSF) is offered to dues-paying members to cover academic conference travel and other expenses.
2. Grievance Support
The GEO organizing committee is here to represent you through any work-related grievance and navigate the University’s campus and administrative proceedings, including legal support at the State level.
3. Graduate Advocate
The GEO distributes a weekly newsletter called The Graduate Advocate, which showcases student-labor events on campus and spreads news to GEO membership.
4. Program Representatives
Every year the GEO coordinates a committee of Program Representatives that act as stewards between your program and the GEO. Program Reps keep you updated on contract information, union changes, bargaining, events on campus, and more.
5. Bargaining on your behalf
Every 3 years the GEO takes up the task of soliciting preferences for policy change, leading the bargaining campaign, and negotiating with the central administration on your behalf. Major gains for the 2017-2020 contract negotiations include a 2% raise, partial dental and vision, and an increase in grant funding for student travel. The most recent wins for the 2021-2023 contract include a Covid bonus, a 4% raise for each year, an increased health insurance waiver, more SSF funding, an emergency support fund, and an additional committee member.
-From the people who brought you the weekend, your union!