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Budget Crisis

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:22:59 +0000

GEO’s leadership feels that the Chancellor’s email dated Oct. 15th is an ideological response sent in reaction to a climate of fear and uncertainty fanned by media coverage of the current economic crisis. Here in Massachusetts, as well as nationally, we are experiencing the results of decades of neoliberal policy reform involving tax cuts for […]

Hey! We want your opinion about GEO… Please enter and answer here!

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:24:01 +0000

As we all know, a union needs to be guided by its members. We need to know your opinions, viewpoints, wishes, impressions, etc. Read on, and tell us! We will be bringing your answers to the next membership meeting, May 8th, at 5. 1. How does our union represent us? 2. What kind of leadership […]

Important Information for GEO Families

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 04:01:17 +0000

Graduate Student Parents are a very important constituency within GEO membership. Yet due to the time consuming nature of parenting, it becomes very easy to exclude them and their voices. As an all-inclusive Union, GEO is committed to protecting and enforcing the rights of all members including those with families. To this end, GEO is […]

GEO Members and Supporters Stage Mass Picket Thursday, October 18th

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 15:19:24 +0000

On the morning of Thursday, October 18, over 150 GEO members and supporters picketed the entrances to several “New Dirt” construction sites at UMass-Amherst. Work stoppages occured at the New Central heating Plant and at the Skinner construction sites. The pickets were broadly supported. Many construction workers chose to stand in solidarity with GEO members […]

Oct. 11th Rally Coverage

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:25:39 +0000

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette: “GRAD STUDENT EMPLOYEES TAKE LABOR PROTEST TO UMASS STREETS” by Kristin Palpini AMHERST – “No contract, no peace” was the message shouted across the University of Massachusetts campus Thursday morning as a couple hundred members of the Graduate Employee Organization took their gripes over ongoing labor negotiations to the streets. […]

Bargaining Update for Thursday, Oct. 4th

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 18:18:58 +0000

On Thursday, October 04, 2007, GEO met with the University once again, submitting a package proposal that contained the core issues most critical to our union, such as MOU6/affirmative action, fee reductions, improved childcare, and the protection of our health benefits (go to to see GEO’s complete proposal to the University). However, we showed […]

Bargaining Update for Tuesday, Sept. 25

Sat, 29 Sep 2007 16:57:57 +0000

Two weeks ago, nearly 40 GEO members packed the bargaining room to directly confront the University with numerous questions concerning our demands, especially over affirmative action/diversity funding, aka Memorandum of Understanding #6 (MOU6) in our contract.  The University bargaining team’s chief negotiator, Susan Chinman, was unable to answer such questions, citing the absence of “diversity […]

Bargaining Update, for Tuesday, Sept. 11

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 15:32:36 +0000

The GEO bargaining team met with the university on Tuesday, September 11th, with nearly 40 members in attendance. We presented the University with a partial package composed of our most important issues: Fee reduction, Diversity funding, Health Care Protection, & Childcare, with a contract duration of 3 years. GEO’s bargaining team came into the session […]

Attend Bargaining! Bargaining Update for Wed. August 29

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 17:07:31 +0000

Attend Bargaining Tuesday, Sept 11th 9am Campus Center 903 All GEO members are invited to attend the next bargaining session this Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 9 am in the Campus Center 903. As we did at two sessions in May, let’s pack the room! Bargaining Update Wednesday August 29th At the July 9th bargaining session, […]

Meet the New Interim Chancellor, Dr. Thomas Cole

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 16:48:24 +0000

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette: Newly appointed University of Massachusetts Interim Chancellor Thomas W. Cole Jr., promptly made his first visit to the flagship campus – his new home. “It’s wonderful, beautiful here,” said Cole, 66, as he answered reporters’ questions before entering a private party to welcome him to Amherst Wednesday night. “I know […]