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.

Important Health Insurance Reminder

IMPORTANT HEALTH INSURANCE REMINDER:

For the Fall 2017 semester, the Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline will be the Add/Drop date: September 18, 2017. ALL ENROLLMENTS NEED TO BE IN BY THAT DATE.

Despite the fact that no matter when you enroll, your coverage will be retroactive to August 1st, in order to avoid lapse in coverage and potential difficulty obtaining care and/or prescriptions, you are strongly encouraged to enroll NOW. This needs to be done every semester for family plans, and any time you are on Continuous Enrollment or registered for fewer than five credits.

ONLY INDIVIDUAL PLAN STUDENTS WITH FIVE OR MORE CREDITS ARE AUTOMATICALLY SIGNED UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

If you are not registered for at least five credits or if you need to enroll in the family plan, you can do so in person at UHS patient services OR fill out this form:
http://www.umass.edu/…/HealthPlanEnrollment_180-094_July201…
and return it to UHS patient services.
If you have 5 or more credits in the Fall 2017 semester, and you DO NOT want to be covered under the student health benefit plan, you need to do an online waiver process. The waiver website will be available through September 18th. Here are the instructions on how do the waiver:

Go to www.spire.umass.edu;
Select the Health Waiver page link;
Click the Online Waiver Site link; and
Complete and submit the waiver form.

or

Go to www.chpstudent.com;
Start by Selecting UMass Amherst from the drop down box;
Next click on the “Waiver” tab located in the center of the page;
Enter your Student ID and Date of Birth, click “Continue”;
Complete all information as directed; and “Submit”;
Your request will NOT be completed until you:
– Check the box confirming that your information is correct;
– Provide your electronic signature; and
– Click the Submit button.

Should you have any difficulties or questions about this or any other
matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the GEO staff in 201
Student Union or at 413-545-0705
in solidarity,
GEO/UAW2322

GEO-UAW 2322 Hiring Grievance Coordinator 201​7​-201​8​

Fellow workers,

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 to 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 201​7-201​8 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,
international students,
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.

Applications should be emailed to hiring@geouaw.org by 5pm on ​Friday,
April 1​4, 201​7. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.

In solidarity,

The GEO Hiring Committee