View the official Spring 2020 Elections Guide and Nomination Form Here.

We are holding elections to fill two half-time (0.5 FTE) assistantship positions on the Organizing Committee with a start-date of Fall 2020­­­.

Who are we and what do we do?

The GEO Organizing Committee is comprised of Graduate Assistants at UMass Boston. We work collaboratively to advocate for Graduate Employee rights on campus and enrichment opportunities for Graduate workers at UMass Boston. Some of the projects in which the Organizing Committee are currently working on include:

  • Bargaining a new contract with UMB’s administration to address labor concerns affecting graduate employees
  • Engaging with graduate employees across campus to organize collective action and increase membership engagement
  • Administering Scholarly Support Funds (SSF) for students seeking funding to present at, or attend conferences
  • Mediating member grievances 
  • Developing communications content for the website, social media, and e-newsletters

 Am I eligible to run for the GEO Organizing Committee? 

These positions are available to current GEO members – graduate assistants – interested in becoming actively involved in the union. That means that you must have at least one Graduate Assistantship on campus currently and be a dues-paying member of the GEO in good standing. If you are not a dues-paying member, you will need to fill out our dues-paying membership form and send it to us along with your nomination documents. Graduate employees who currently hold full-time assistantships are also eligible to run and, upon being elected, will receive a stipend in lieu of an additional assistantship. For detailed amounts for the half- and full-time payments and benefits, see the GEO contract which can be found here https://geoumb.org/contract.

What does it take to be part of the GEO Organizing Committee?

Each position is a half-time assistantship requiring 9 hours per week. Every member of the Organizing Committee is responsible for attending weekly meetings of the Organizing Committee; all other tasks are assigned upon committee consensus on best interests and expertise. The half-time assistantships include a stipend and tuition remission. 

You can access the elections schedule and nomination form electronically by clicking here.