Nominations Open for 2017 – 2018 GEO Officer 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.

Notice of 2017-2018 GEO Leadership Elections

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

Solidarity with Standing Rock & Supply Drive

Dear UAW 2322 members,

At our October 13, 2016 Local Membership meeting we resoundingly ratified a resolution in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In the spirit of our local’s long history of standing for social, economic and environmental justice and as an implementation of this resolution, union leadership will be travelling to the Oceti Sakowin Camp to join the union camp with “Labor for Standing Rock” and deliver crucial winterization supplies.

Despite recent news that the Army will deny easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing under Mini Sose (Lake Oahe), the major corporations backing the project have openly denied that this decision will have any impact and pledged to move forward with the construction: As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a direct attack on the Standing Rock Sioux, native peoples who have endured centuries of colonization, genocide, land dispossession and broken treaties. Moreover, it would desecrate sacred land and jeopardize the water and planet for all peoples and future generations.  We affirm our view that the position of the AFL-CIO (along with unions who support the pipeline) is dangerous, reinforcing the illusion that the health and safety of our communities are at odds with our economic interests.They have chosen to stand with big business over the long-term interests of the global working class. However, UAW 2322, along with others in the labor movement are committed to justice and solidarity with working people and oppressed communities and we resolutely oppose this pipeline and demand that the AFL-CIO to reverse its decision.

In solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and Indigenous water protectors from all over the continent, Labor for Palestine and Labor for Standing Rock, with the support of The Standing Rock Council, native and non-native labor activists formed union camp:  “We at Oceti Sakowin Camp welcome any and all support from our Union brothers and sisters,This camp stands to protect our sacred water and support a new energy paradigm, jobs and work in green energy fields. We welcome your support in any ways you feel appropriate, join us in paving a new road to a sustainable future for many future generations.”

Two representatives of UAW Local 2322 (President Jocelyn Silverlight and Financial Secretary and Representative/Organizer Anais Surkin) will be travelling to the camp bringing much-needed, requested supplies. You can donate any of the items below (or cash) during the local holiday party (12/9; 6:00pm-8:00pm; World War II Club, Northamptom) or by visiting the GEO office (201 Student Union at UMass) or the Local office (4 Open Square Way, Holyoke) before December 15th. Included below is a list of items that have been requested.

In solidarity,

Anais Surkin & Jocelyn Silverlight

  • Emergency blankets
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets or liquid– preferably little travel bottles of liquid
  • Foot powder preferably a little travel bottles
  • Sterilizing solution for forceps, etc.
  • High quality, WOOL (not Cotton!) hats scarves, gloves, socks, especially in 2XL sizes!
  • Baby wipes
  • Nice smelling soap
  • Big bottles of nice smelling shampoo and conditioner
  • Playing cards
  • Games
  • Crochet tools & yarn (wool preferred)
  • Books
  • Pencils and note pads of paper
  • Leather & needles
  • Beads, beading needles, bone buttons, string
  • Co2 detectors
  • Hatchet & bastard file for sharpening tools
  • Grommets/punch
  • Dry erase boards
  • goggles
  • Iphone 5 charger cord
  • USBC charger
  • Clear plastic
  • 4 GFI
  • clothespins
  • dual car charger
  • Sammy’s rags for soaking up water
  • Shure tape
  • Personal heater

Voting Times

GEO Candidate Statements Now Online

Dear GEO Members,

You can now view the GEO bargaining committee candidate statements below this notice.

The polls open tomorrow December 7th. The voting times and locations are below:

Voting will occur at the December 8th Membership Meeting by secret ballot in Earth Foods Café (the Commonwealth Room) in the Student Union. The meeting is scheduled from 6pm-8pm, so voting will be available from 5:30-6:30.

Additional Voting in the Campus Center Concourse:

Wednesday, December 7th 2pm-4pm

Thursday, December 8th 10am-12pm

Additional Voting in the North Village Community Room

Wednesday, December 7th 5pm-7pm

In solidarity,

Elections Co