Nomination Period for GEO Officers and Steering Committee Members-at-Large: 4/9-4/15

Nominations are now open for GEO Officers and Steering Committee Members-at-Large.  Email the GEO Steering Committee at steering@geouaw.org to nominate yourself or another member.

The officer positions are 20-hour assistantships paid at the average GEO rate.  Nominees must be members in good standing for at least one year to be on the ballot.:

  • 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) GEO 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.

Nominations are also open for the two (2) Members-at-Large of the GEO Steering Committee.  These are volunteer positions, described in the GEO Bylaws, Article 6, as:

  • A. The Steering Committee will consist of the three officers, two Stewards elected by the stewards assembly, and two members at-large elected by the Membership. Each member of the Steering Committee will be entitled to one vote on any issue raised at any Steering Committee meeting. In addition, all staff members of GEO are ex-officio, non-voting members of the steering committee.
  • B. 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).
  • C. 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.

Again, please email steering@geouaw.org to nominate yourself or another member for any of these positions.  Nominations close at 5pm on Sunday, April 15.

Save our rights, our jobs and our communities

Working to change the dialogue across America

The UAW is an organization that is unapologetic in our demand for justice. That’s why we are joining with a coalition of people that are like-minded in the belief that there is a better way to live, work and fight the status quo of business as usual through nonviolent direct action. We fully support the 99% Spring and together, during the week of April 9-15, in small towns and big cities all across America, 100,000 people will come together for an unprecedented national movement-wide nonviolent direct action training.

We will learn to tell our own the story of how the economy has affected our families — how we got here, who’s responsible and how we can change it — through non-violent, direct action in the spirit of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez and other movement leaders. This spring we will work to forge a new economy that works for all of us, not just for the 1%.

We are at a crucial point in America where if we continue to ignore the opportunity to rebuild this great country, then we risk losing the very essence of what has made this country great. Fighting to end poverty and exploitation through international solidarity and direct action is the morally right thing to do. The only path for justice for American workers is to fight for justice for all workers.

  • Millions of our family members are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and to find a decent job — meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer.
  • We’re at a crossroads as a country. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
  • Organizing is a human right. It’s a First Amendment right. Free choice cannot take place in a climate of fear. Workers who want a union should not have to risk their jobs to exercise their rights. We are going to fight for workers’ right to organize without terrorism by the boss — without threats of plant closings and firing workers for trying to join a union. The UAW will rise to the historic challenge of leading the fight to regain the right to organize.
  • UAW members are once again determined to turn things around — to protect collective bargaining rights for all workers and guarantee workers the right to make their own decisions about forming or joining a union whether with a private company, such as an auto manufacturer or with a public sector employees.

The 99% Spring Movement is growing stronger by the day, and we’re not going away until we have an economy that works for ALL of us.

GEO Membership Meeting – 4/9/2012

GEO Membership Meeting – 4pm Monday, April 9  – Campus Center 162

April 9 Membership Proposed Meeting Agenda

  • 4:00 pm – Vote on Agenda
  • 4:02 pm – Bylaws Amendment vote
  • 4:07 pm – Officer Nominations
  • 4:17 pm – Bargaining Survey Update
  • 4:27 pm – Begin Break-out Sessions
  • 4:57 pm – Report backs from each break out group back to general membership for discussion and best ways to mobilize for a May 1st action.
  • 5:20 pm –  conclude meeting.

Bylaws Committee: Proposed Bylaws Amendments

The GEO Bylaws Committee has recommended two proposals to the membership for review and comment.  This posting and a membership email sent out today, Friday March 16, 2012, serve as notice under the GEO Bylaws, Article 16, that the Bylaws Committee intends to bring these amendments before the April 9, 2012 GEO Membership Meeting for an up or down vote.

There will be a ten day comment period, during which we encourage members to email the Bylaws Committee at bylaws@geouaw.org with their comments and concerns.  After this comment period, we will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 4 to 5pm for additional discussion.  The bylaws committee will then take members’ comments and concerns into account before submitting final language to the membership for an up or down vote at the April 9, 2012 GEO Membership Meeting.  We will also work with the elections committee, leadership, and staff to provide an opportunity for members to vote outside the Membership Meeting.  Those polling times and locations will be announced with the final language.

The content of the proposed changes is available at the link below:

Thank you,

The GEO Bylaws Committee