Committees and Working Groups

The Stewards’ Council (SC) is made up of department representatives who work to advocate on behalf of GEO members. Meeting bi‐weekly, the SC organizes rallies, develops strategies for strengthening the union and increasing membership, and ensures that our union works most efficiently and effectively on behalf of GEO members. While each department has its own method for appointing stewards, any GEO member may serve as a steward. We welcome all members to join our meetings. If you have any questions about the SC, or would like to get involved, please contact the SC Chair at sc@uigeo.org.

 

The Coordinating Committee (CC) is lead by the Co-Presidents and made up of elected officers from all committees, though any member may attend meetings. The CC is the executive body of the union and makes decisions about large‐scale projects, financial decisions, and the GEO’s long‐term vision. For questions about the CC, please contact the Co‐Presidents at cc@uigeo.org.

 

The Grievance Committee (GC) works to enforce the GEO contract. If your rights as a worker are being violated, or if you have questions about your benefits, you contact the Grievance Committee…we’re here to help! We are also always looking for members to become involved in the committee. If you have an interest in worker’s rights, protecting our contract, or labor law then the GC is the committee for you. You do not need any specialized knowledge to be on the GC. For questions about the GC or to file a grievance, please contact the Grievance Officer at grievance@uigeo.org.

 

The Solidarity Committee (Sol Comm) is committed to working on issues of social justice and supporting them through various means such as financial endorsements, statements of support, and collaborations. To that end, the Solidarity Committee allows the creation of research groups to efficiently strategize around issues of social justice. Groups such as the Environmental Justice Research Group, the Gender Justice Research Group, and the Anti‐Police Brutality Research Group work on these issues and report to the Solidarity Committee. If you have any questions about Sol Comm, or would like to get involved, please contact the the Solidarity Chair at solcomm@uigeo.org.

 

The Communications Committee (Comm Comm) is responsible for GEO’s communications strategy and oversees external communications. Members create content, edit, design, and distribute information for the GEO. These communications include the website, social media, text updates, flyers and posters, orientation materials, mass emails, press releases, t‐shirts, buttons, stickers, and much more. If you have any questions about the Communications Committee, or would like to get involved, please contact the Communications Officer at commcomm@uigeo.org.

 

The Personnel Committee (PC) is made up of elected members and is tasked with oversight of all Union staff and establishing all terms of Union staff employment, including, but not limited to, wages and benefits. Its membership includes three people elected by the Stewards Council, current staff, and the two Co-Presidents who serve as co-chairs of the committee. The PC acts as the contract bargaining committee with the Union staff and works with the staff to establish and renew employee contracts. If you have any questions about the PC, please email the Co-Presidents at cc@uigeo.org.

 

The Treasurer is responsible for the accounts of the GEO. The Treasurer makes regular reports to the Membership, and make the financial records of the GEO available for annual audit by officers selected for that purpose or by independent auditors not otherwise connected with the GEO. If you have any questions, please email the Treasurer at treasurer@uigeo.org.

 

The International Students Working Group (ISWG) seeks to address the unique needs of international graduate employees. This is GEO’s newest group and is actively seeking new members (domestic members may join too). This group aims to engage international graduate students in more social events and provide specialized support to navigate finances, taxes, visas, and other issues. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please contact the Stewards’ Council Chair at sc@uigeo.org.

 

The Health Care Working Group (HCWG) works to educate graduate employees on their healthcare rights and benefits, as well as facilitating conversations about healthcare on campus between different stakeholder groups. For more information about meeting times and other information and to get involved, please contact geo@uigeo.org.

 

The Bargaining Team (BT) acts as the representative for graduate employees in negotiations with the University administration and any other relevant body over terms and conditions of employment. Members of the bargaining team are members in good standing, and include at least one of the Co-Presidents, two representatives chosen by the Stewards’ Council, and one member-at-large chosen by the membership at a membership meeting. Other members may be appointed by the Coordinating Committee, subject to the approval of the Stewards Council, or be elected by the Stewards Council or the membership following a decision by that body. Additional members may be appointed by these various bodies from time to time. For questions about bargaining, please contact barg@uigeo.org.

 

Any member at any time can start a working group or caucus to work on an issue they want to address.

 

The GEO has committees that form intermittently, like the Strike Committee, Elections Committee, and others. Contact geo@uigeo.org for more information and to get involved.