GEO Leadership 2013-2014

AY 2013-2014 Officer Elections Results

Following the close of voting for GEO officers last week, we are pleased to announce that the winners for the two GEO Co-Chair positions are Anna Waltman and Eric Hoyt, and that the Mobilization Coordinator is Kevin Felton.

Santiago Vidales was also elected as Member-at-Large to the GEO Steering Committee.

Congratulations to all!

UAW 2322 Local Membership

UAW 2322 Membership Meeting

When: Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM
Where: UAW 2322 Office, #406, 4 Open Square Way, Holyoke, MA

GEO Members,

Please join our Local UAW 2322 for a Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 6pm in Holyoke. GEO Co-Chair Jocelyn Silverlight is organizing a carpool for those without transportation. Please email Jocelyn at with the town you need transportation from.

6:00-6:30 pm: Meet and Greet

6:30-7:00 pm: Meeting
· Elections review
· Welcome new E-Board
· Goodbyes to previous E-Board

7:00 pm – ?: Socializing

GEO is hiring for a Grievance Coordinator

GEO Grievance Coordinator 2013-2014
When the University violates the contract, the procedure for seeking redress is the grievance process; the GEO Grievance Coordinator is responsible for managing this process. The GEO Grievance Coordinator works in conjunction with UAW 2322 staff in 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 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, speaking to GEO members who feel their rights have been violated, filing grievances, attending grievance hearings, and monitoring the resolution of grievances.
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.
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 2013-2014 starting May 26 2013 (52 week position). The salary is the same as the average campus-wide stipend. GEO/UAW Local 2322 will provide training. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. We will pay for university health benefits, if necessary. In the past, all GEO staff employees who have needed tuition waivers have received them, but we cannot guarantee that this will continue to be the case.
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 Monday, May 6th 2013.