The Grievance Coordinator will solicit member concerns to determine which are contract violations, and which are issues to organize around. When the University violates the contract, the procedure for seeking redress is the grievance process; in conjunction with the UAW2322 Servicing Representatives, the GEO Grievance Coordinator is responsible for managing this process.
Successful applicants will need to have a detailed familiarity with the GEO contract, be comfortable with administrative and legal procedures, and have a commitment to upholding the contract. Attention to detail, strong research and interpersonal skills, assertiveness and diplomacy in relations with University administrators, and persistence and ability to follow-through are essential for this job. Experience working with union contracts and knowledge of state labor laws is preferable.
Strong preference will be given to GEO members that have previous GEO experience, including active participation with campaigns and committees. All members in good standing of GEO-UAW 2322 for the two consecutive semesters prior to applying are eligible to apply. Applicants must be committed to the principles of social justice and collective action. All GEO employees should also demonstrate willingness to work towards the union’s collective goals and a commitment to being part of an organization that is fighting for progressive change on the UMass campus and beyond.
The core responsibilities for this position are investigating potential contract violations, working with GEO members who feel their rights have been violated, filing grievances, attending grievance hearings, and monitoring the resolution of grievances. The Grievance Coordinator works closely with UAW2322 Servicing Representatives in the performance of these duties. The Grievance Coordinator is directly supervised by the UAW2322 President and the GEO Steering Committee.
Additional duties include, but are not limited to:
1. Educating members about the grievance procedure and providing training and support to stewards so they can handle the first step of grievances.
2. Organizing around grievances by working with stewards as well as Servicing Reps and GEO-UAW elected leadership.
3. Assisting with the process of publicizing successful grievances.
4. Contributing content to the GEO website and other media as appropriate.
All employees are expected to devote a portion of their paid working hours to office management tasks (i.e. holding office hours, answering phones, taking messages, in-taking grievances, greeting members who come into the office, etc.) and to attend meetings as required, including regular weekly staff meetings. Some night and weekend hours may be required.
This position is for 20 hours per week for 2016-2017 for 52 weeks with a June 1 start date. The salary is the same as the average campus-wide stipend. GEO/UAW Local 2322 will provide training. People of color, women and transgender and gender nonconforming candidates are encouraged to apply.
In order to apply, please submit:
1. A resume.
2. A cover letter stating the reasons you are interested in the position and your qualifications.
3. A completed GEO Grievance Coordinator application
4. Be prepared to bring proof of your student status to your interview (e.g. a letter from your GPD confirming your status).
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.
We, the Graduate Employee Organization, the union of graduate student employees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst believe that a University is a space for learning, debate, and discussion. It is only through the freedom of thought and expression that great ideas are produced that contribute to the progress of any country, and of knowledge in general. University spaces are vibrant, dynamic, and productive only when all kinds of opinions can be peacefully aired and discussed.
In this vein, we are extremely concerned about the violent and undemocratic crackdown on dissent on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), one of the premier institutions in India.
- We strongly condemn the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, President of the JNU Students’ Union, on charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy, and unlawful assembly, and demand his immediate release.
- We strongly condemn the organized campaign to whip up public hysteria against students and teachers of JNU and other universities, create a climate of fear and oppression for the academic community, and stifle free speech. In particular, we condemn the targeting of and false accusations of being linked to terrorist groups against Umar Khalid, one of the organizers of a rally against state violence.
- We demand an immediate end to all outside police presence on campus, and that appropriate action be taken against the people who assaulted students and teachers at Kanhaiya Kumar’s court hearing.
The nexus between the media, the Delhi Police, the right wing RSS-BJP government and their student party ABVP, is clearly meant to delegitimize the student-led mass mobilization against the complicity of the state and its institutions in the recent suicide of Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad, and undermine the powerful student protests funding cuts at public universities.
We believe that these actions by the Indian state and its associated institutions are part of a larger campaign to stifle dissenting voices in the country, especially on university campuses with a rich history of resisting patriarchal, capitalist, Brahminical, and Hindutva oppression by the ruling party and its affiliates. ‘Sedition’ is part of a vestigial colonial era law that was frequently used against leaders of the freedom movement, such as Gandhi and Nehru. It has no place in a democracy.
We firmly believe that student movements have historically played an important role at crucial junctures all over the world in fighting oppression: Tiananmen Square, or Tahrir Square; against the Vietnam War or the excesses of the Indian state during the Emergency. Stymieing this movement threatens the very basis of democracy.
We are extremely heartened by the zeal of the movement among the students and teachers of JNU and other universities across India, who are peacefully fighting the full force of the state machinery for the constitutional right to free speech, for the rights of women, Dalits, religious minorities, workers, and the poor and indigent.
-The GEO General Membership; unanimous vote of solidarity on March 3, 2016