It’s unanimous!

Voting to ratify our 8th contract ended at 5:00 p.m. on April 1. It passed unanimously!

While we cannot imagine a more difficult economic climate during which to be bargaining, GEO has achieved some significant achievements with this contract. The University has agreed to a freeze on the grad service fee for the life of this contact. This is unprecedented, and a significant step forward!

April 8 Rally & Lobby Day

Students from public campuses from across the state are converging on the State House April 8. Following a March and Rally across the Boston Common, students, faculty and staff will be lobbying their legislators, asking them to fully fund public higher education.

Buses will leave from Haigis Mall at 7:30 a.m. and lunches will be provided. Email April8Rally@gmail.com to reserve a seat on the bus.

The Employee Free Choice Act: Crisis and New Opportunities for Labor Organizing

Tuesday, April 14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Campus Center room 162-175

This panel will feature:

*Acting Director of the UMass-Amherst Labor Center Stephanie Luce
*UAW Local 2322 President Ron Patenaude
*Western Mass Jobs with Justice President Jon Weissman
*and other labor activists and organizers.

The panel will discuss recent labor history in relation to neoliberal restructuring, connect labor organizing to the current economic crisis and present new possibilities for a strong labor movement.

Light refreshments will be provided.

GEO has reached a tentative agreement on our 8th contract with the University

Upon ratification, the contract will be in effect from August 30, 2009 to August 31, 2012. The contract will cover all UMass graduate students who are employed as Teaching Associates (TO), Teaching Assistants (TA), Research Assistants (RA), Project Assistants (PA), Assistant Residence Directors (ARD), and Graduate Interns.

None of the following changes [ratification-announcement summary] take effect until the contract is ratified by a majority of GEO-eligible employees casting valid votes. Voting will occur at two special meetings described below. To help inform you about the proposed contract and prepare you to vote we have included a detailed list of the proposed contract changes that will affect graduate student employees, listed by article. Also there will be two informational meetings held prior to ratification (see below for details).

VOTING INFORMATION:

Voting begins on Tuesday, March 31st, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continues on Wednesday, April 1st, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., both in Campus Center Rm 177. Voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on the 1st and a public counting of the votes will begin at 5:01 in the same location.

Pre-Vote Informational Meetings:

Thursday, March 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. & Friday, March 27th from 10:00 a.m. to noon, both in Campus Center Rm 168.

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