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.


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



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 if you have any questions.

In Solidarity,
GEO Elections Committee

Hiring Notice: GEO Grievance Coordinator

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 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 by 5pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.


Click Here for the GEO Grievance Coordinator Application