GEO is hiring!

Dear GEO members,

GEO is hiring a caucus and committee organizer! The position is benefited, 20 hours a week, and paid at the GEO minimum. Applications are due by August 15, 2017 and the start date is September 5, 2017. Please see details below.

Solidarity,
GEO-UAW Local 2322

Rationale:

The Caucus and Committee Organizer will be hired with the expressed aim of establishing, growing and sustaining a network of caucuses and committees within GEO. Per the GEO bylaws, these caucuses and committees are spaces established by the membership to create mechanisms for autonomous union participation and engagement by GEO members. For members that cannot attend and participate in Membership Meetings and/or Stewards Assemblies because of work and personal constraints, these caucuses and committees may work as alternate spaces for union participation, engagement, empowerment and leadership development. Given that there are multiple caucuses and committees explicitly mentioned in the bylaws as well as several that have formed by the expressed necessity of members, it is crucial that these spaces are supported to ensure their autonomy as well as their continued communication and engagement with the staff, leadership, the membership as well as our wider community.

The Caucus and Committee Organizer supports caucuses and committees in their work to address the unique needs and issues brought up by their constituencies. The Caucus and Committee Organizer position responds to GEO’s recognition that the populations that participate and establish caucuses and committees face workplace challenges such as unfair labor practices, racism, xenophobia and sexism that are directly and uniquely related to their identities. In addition, the Caucus and Committee Organizer position responds to GEO’s recognition that these targeted populations make up a significant portion of our bargaining unit and membership, that is nonetheless underrepresented in GEO leadership and participation.

Job Responsibilities:
The Caucus and Committee Organizer will work with members of caucuses and committees in the execution of their stated missions and organizational goals as outlined for the upcoming year. The organizer will act as a liaison between the caucuses and committees and GEO leadership as well as the broader GEO Membership. The Caucus and Committee Organizer will work closely with the Mobilization Coordinator and UAW 2322 Servicing Representatives in the performance of these duties. The Caucus and Committee Organizer is directly supervised by the GEO Steering Committee and the UAW 2322 President.

Job Objectives:
●     Establish, sustain and grow a network of caucuses and committees within GEO that will increase membership engagement, participation and empowerment
●      Increase the membership and participation rate of graduate student-workers of color and other underrepresented groups within GEO through caucuses and committees
●      Foster a race-conscious engagement with GEO’s contract to ensure equitable enforcement of contract

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:
●      Coordinate caucus and committee’s ongoing organizing efforts, including proposing and executing initiatives and campaigns consistent with the mission and goals of the caucuses and committees
●      Facilitate, organize, and record caucus and committee meetings and events
●      Support in the drafting of agendas for caucus and committee meetings
●      Support in the facilitation and organization of caucus and committee meetings and events
●      Participate in Bargaining and Steering Committee Meetings per GEO-UAW bylaws
●      Participate in GEO General Membership Meetings as well as the Stewards Assembly
●      Serve as a liaison between GSS, registered GSOs, and other departments/programs and schools as necessary for the performance of job duties
●      Work with GEO Leadership and the Mobilization Coordinator to address labor concerns and ensure equitable enforcement of the GEO contract
●      Participate in the ongoing planning and evaluation of GEO’s and the caucuses and committees’ organizing efforts
●      Record, document, and archive projects, campaigns, and membership concerns carried out during the term
●      Carry-out miscellaneous duties immediately necessary for the caucuses and committees

Details:
We are hiring one (1) benefitted position, 20 hours a week; for a period of 38 weeks, start date September 5, 2017. Funding for this position will come from GEO-UAW Local 2322, therefore applicants must legally qualify for employment with a non-university organization (UAW Local 2322). We are seeking candidates with experience working with underrepresented minority communities, as well as experience organizing events and meetings. See attached job description for more details.

Every organizing position also comes with the requirement that the organizer be willing to help out in campaigns and organizing projects that are not narrowly related to their specialty, particularly at times when tasks within their organizing specialty are not at peak periods of intensity. Organizers are thus responsible for all aspects of assistance in the union’s organizing campaigns, including campaign start-up, assessments, developing literature, running meetings and workplace actions.

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 staff meetings. Some night and weekend hours may be required.

Applicants must have been a UAW member in good standing for one year or two consecutive semesters prior to start date, and a current graduate student.

In order to apply, please submit:
A resume.
A cover letter stating the reasons you are interested in the position and your qualifications. Also, please include your thoughts on the following questions:

Why are you interested in being hired for this position?

What kind of union activism, organizing, community or volunteer experience do you have? In what capacities have you been active within GEO?

What skills do you possess that would be beneficial for this position?

Do you plan on having another assistantship or paid position that will require a significant commitment of your time? If so, please provide details of this position.

Be prepared to bring proof of your student status to your interview (e.g. a letter from your GPD confirming your status). Also, international students need to provide their work authorization
documents.

Applications should be emailed to hiring@geouaw.org, applications are due by August 15, 2017.

Nomination deadline has been EXTENDED

REMINDER–please submit your nominations for the five (5) available GEO positions. The nomination deadline has been EXTENDED to March 24, 2017, at midnight.

See below for descriptions of the available positions.

__________________________

Dear GEO Members,

GEO is a democratically-run organization.

Nominations are now open for GEO officer positions for 2017-2018. Please see below for nomination calls for each position, including information about each position and the nomination/election process.  Any full member in good standing may nominate themselves or another member in good standing for any of these positions. All positions begin duties June 2017.

Nominations are now open for:

GEO Co-chair (2) (20 hr., 52 week contract)

Mobilization Coordinator (20 hr., 38 week contract, pay starting in September)

Steering Committee At-Large Member (2) (volunteer position)

GEO Co-chair (2)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: organizing and overseeing the election of Stewards in departments and/or work sites; chairing Steering Committee meetings and general membership meetings and ensuring agendas are set for both; and acting as primary GEO representatives to the Joint Council of Local 2322 and therefore attending Joint Council meetings. Except where otherwise noted, the co-chairs shall be considered to be the official representatives of GEO to the Administration and in all external relations; sign agreements between GEO and the University (with approval of the General Membership and/or Assembly of Stewards); serve as liaisons for the Steering Committee to the Staff; ensure GEO representation at Central Labor Council meetings; speak on behalf of GEO to media, the University, etc., and manage the production of media and publicity; act as primary liaisons between GEO and other Unions;; oversee publication of GEO newsletter and web page; organizing Standing Committees; and assist the union in achieving its overall mission in the workplace.

Mobilization Coordinator (1)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: supervising membership drives; assisting in boosting attendance; attending Steering and Assembly of Stewards meetings; introducing all new members and visitors; assisting the GEO Co-Chairs in preserving order when called upon to do so; ensuring that minutes are taken at all GEO meetings; maintaining records of organization; submitting requisitions to the Local and International as needed; planning and administering GEO operating budget and chairing the GEO Finance Committee; facilitating GEO sponsorship of events and organizations; taking charge of all property of GEO not otherwise provided for; monitoring and giving guidance on procedural questions and rules; ensuring that those attending GEO meetings are either members or invited visitors; assuming duties of the Co-Chairs if they are unavailable; and assisting the union in achieving its overall mission in the workplace.

Steering Committee At-Large Member (2)

Information about the Steering Committee:

The Steering Committee shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the unit including, but not limited to: the direction of the day-to-day operations of the organization; the oversight of the staff; preparation and submission of all proposals, budgets, budget requisitions and budget modifications to the Assembly of Stewards for approval; coordination and oversight of standing committees; the appropriate maintenance of the health of the organization; management and execution of the budget; all correspondence and relations between the leadership, the Assembly of Stewards and the membership; and all external relations excepting those duties specifically proscribed for other committees (such as the Bargaining Committee).

The Steering Committee shall meet at least two times a month during the academic year. The committee shall meet once a month at other times. Additional meetings can be called as needed by the officers.

Nomination Process:

Nominate yourself or someone else for any of the above positions via email to the Steering Committee at steering@geouaw.org. Nominations are due by 11:59pm Monday March 13.

If you have any questions regarding the elections or nominations process, please do not hesitate to email the Elections Committee at elections@geouaw.org.

In Solidarity,

Stacey Sexton

on behalf of the Elections Committee

GEO-UAW 2322 ELECTION NOTICE

Dear GEO Members,

Nominations have closed for GEO elections for 2016-2017. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to nominate themselves or thoughtfully nominated someone else. Voting will begin by secret ballot on April 12. Candidate statements will be available at the polling station and are available now on the GEO website. Please see the official election notice below:

There will be an election for GEO-UAW 2322 Officers: (2) Co-Chairs, (1)Membership Mobilization Coordinator and (2) Steering Members At-Large. There will also be a referendum on the resolution entitled “Standing in Solidarity with Palestinian Civil Society and Joining the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement” that has been presented by the Palestine Solidarity Caucus and placed on the agenda by the Steering Committee. The full text of the resolution is available on the GEO website and will be available at the polling station.

VOTING

Nominations for these positions have closed. Voting will occur at the April 14th Membership Meeting by secret ballot in Student Union Commonwealth Room (Earth Foods Café). The meeting is scheduled from 6pm-8pm, so voting will occur during the first hour of the meeting, from 6pm-7pm at Earth Foods Café.

In accordance with the bylaws, to accommodate those who cannot attend the membership meeting, additional voting by secret ballot will take place in the Campus Center Concourse and Earth Foods Café on the following days and times:

Campus Center Concourse:
Tuesday, April 12            11pm-1pm
Wednesday, April 13       1pm-3pm.

Earth Foods Café:
Thursday, April 14          4pm-6pm

 

TERM AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS & STEERING MEMBERS AT-LARGE

In accordance with the GEO Bylaws, all officers are elected for one year terms. They will take office on June 1 of the year in which they were elected. For the academic year in which they serve, the three officers (2 Co-Chairs and 1 Mobilization Coordinator) will each receive one full time equivalent (FTE) stipend (20 hours/week) so long as such stipends are provided by the University. The two (2) GEO Co-Chairs will be paid for 52 weeks, from May 29, 2016 through May 27, 2017. The one (1) Mobilization Coordinator will be paid for 38 weeks, from September 4, 2016 through May 27, 2017.

Two (2) GEO Co-Chairs:
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: organizing and overseeing the election of Stewards in departments and/or work sites; Chairing Steering Committee meetings and General Membership meetings and ensuring agendas are set for both; primary GEO representatives to the Joint Council of Local 2322 and must attend Joint Council meetings; except where otherwise noted, the co-chairs shall be considered to be the official representatives of GEO to the Administration and in all external relations; sign agreements between GEO and the University (with approval of the General Membership and/or Assembly of Stewards); shall serve as liaisons for the Steering Committee to the Staff; responsible for ensuring GEO representation at Central Labor Council meetings; speak on behalf of GEO to media, the University, etc.; act as primary liaisons between GEO and other Unions; manage the production of media and publicity; oversee publication of GEO newsletter and web page; organizing Standing Committees; and assist the union in achieving its overall mission in the workplace.

One (1) Membership Mobilization Coordinator:
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: supervising membership drives; assisting in boosting attendance; attending Steering and Assembly of Stewards meetings; introducing all new members and visitors; assisting the GEO Co-Chairs in preserving order when called upon to do so; ensuring that minutes are taken at all GEO meetings; maintaining records of organization; submitting requisitions to the Local and International as needed; planning and administering GEO operating budget and chairing the GEO Finance Committee; facilitating GEO sponsorship of events and organizations; taking charge of all property of GEO not otherwise provided for; to monitor and give guidance on procedural questions and rules; ensuring that those attending GEO meetings are either members or invited visitors; assuming duties if the Co-Chairs they are unavailable; and assisting the union in achieving its overall mission in the workplace.

Two (2) Steering Member At-Large:
Steering Committee shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the unit including, but not limited to: the direction of the day-to-day operations of the organization; the oversight of the staff; preparation and submission of all proposals, budgets, budget requisitions and budget modifications to the Assembly of Stewards for approval; coordination and oversight of standing committees; the appropriate maintenance of the health of the organization; management and execution of the budget; all correspondence and relations between the leadership, the Assembly of Stewards and the membership; and all external relations excepting those duties specifically proscribed for other committees (such as the Bargaining Committee).

The Steering Committee shall meet at least two times a month during the academic year. The committee shall meet once a month at other times. Additional meetings can be called as needed by the officers.

The Steering Committee shall be empowered to make decisions on behalf on the membership, except as limited by these bylaws. The Steering Committee shall not make any decisions which contradict those made by the Assembly of Stewards or the membership or contradict the will or intent of the Assembly of Stewards or the membership.

Please contact elections@geouaw.org if you have any questions.

In Solidarity,
GEO Elections Committee