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GEO Walk Out at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

This article provides an update on the current GEO walkout, GEO goals, and ways for supports to get involved on the picket lines. Ways to keep informed of GEO activities through the GEO website and IMC sources are also provided.
The GEO marching past the Foreign Languages Building on the Southeast corner of the U of I Quad, at approximately 11:30 am on Wed. Nov. 28 (Photo by Jason Meredith and Paul Riismandel, U-C IMC)

Supporters are urged to join GEO Picket

On Wednesday, November 28th, the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) at the University at Urbana-Champaign began its two-day targeted work stoppage to win union recognition, an action that will continue through the 29th of November. The walkout targets five large buildings on the University Quad – English Building, Lincoln Hall, Gregory Hall, Davenport Hall, and the Foreign Languages Building, which between them contain over 500 graduate employees. The GEO estimates that, each day, 10,000 students will have one or more classes cancelled. The goal of the GEO is to give graduate employees a formal voice in their working conditions by allowing them to choose union representation.

GEO members will be joined on the picket lines by supporters from throughout the University and Champaign-Urbana communities; including: Union of Professional Employees, Association of Academic Professionals, SEIU, AFSCME, Progressive Student Coalition, College Democrats, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, Living Wage Association, and the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.

GEO pickets will assemble at the strike headquarters on the middle of the University Quad, and will be picketing from 8:00-5:00. Rallies will be held both Wednesday and Thursday, at 5:00, and the Universities Alma Mater statue on the southeast corner of Green and Wright Streets. GEO representatives urge supporters to join them on the picket lines. For more information about the GEO, picket shifts, and ways to get involved visit the GEO website at: Also, tune into the IMC Newshour on 90.1 FM, Monday December 3rd at 5:00, to hear live interviews with GEO members from the picket lines, and a variety of perspectives from UIUC students about the walkout.



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