[Marxism] [Fwd: [mlg-ics] FW: UIUC GRADUATE EMPLOYEES¹ ORGANIZATION TO STRIKE OVER TUITION WAIVER SECURITY]

Ron J rjacobs3625 at charter.net
Sun Nov 15 12:25:06 MST 2009


*UIUC GRADUATE EMPLOYEES' ORGANIZATION TO STRIKE OVER TUITION WAIVER 
SECURITY*

*ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSALS ON ALL OTHER ISSUES, INCLUDING WAGES, DEEMED 
ACCEPTABLE
*
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (November 15): The strike committee of the Graduate 
Employees' Organization (GEO), American Federation of Teachers/Illinois 
Federation of Teachers Local 6300, AFL-CIO, The University of Illinois 
at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), has authorized a strike against the Board of 
Trustees of the University of Illinois to begin at 8am on Monday 
morning. After six hours of negotiation on Saturday afternoon, the GEO 
and administration bargaining teams managed to reach mutually agreeable 
terms on all aspects of the GEO contract except tuition waiver security. 
The administration's refusal to guarantee the continuation of its 
current tuition waiver practice not only means that the majority of 
graduate employees could be forced to pay thousands of dollars in 
additional tuition charges, but also indicates its plans to implement 
such a change. By making graduate education untenable for all but the 
most affluent students, the administration is abandoning its 
responsibility to ensure access to the highest level of public education 
for all.  This is contrary to the University of Illinois' mission as a 
public land grant institution.  By calling a strike, the Graduate 
Employees' Organization is holding the University of Illinois 
administration accountable to its stated commitment to excellent and 
accessible higher education.

The GEO is a labor union representing all teaching and graduate 
assistants (TAs and GAs) on the UIUC campus.  With over 2600 GEO 
members, and over 2600 graduate employees represented in the bargaining 
unit, the GEO is one of the largest higher education union locals in the 
United States.  Over the course of a three day vote, an overwhelming 92% 
of participating UIUC GEO members voted last week to authorize a strike 
against the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Peter Campbell, GEO Communications 
Officer, odell.campbell at gmail.com, 253-222-5861, or the GEO office 
at geo at uigeo.org, 217-344-8283, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL, 
61820. 

Information about the GEO can also be found on our website 
at www.uigeo.org <http://www.uigeo.org/> .


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