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Strike Fund for UIC GEO Local 6297

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The UIC Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) needs your help and solidarity!  Over 1500 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at the University of Illinois at Chicago have been working without a contract for over 5 months, and GEO has been in negotiations with the university administration for over 1 year. Grad workers at UIC live in a state of constant financial anxiety, often not knowing whether we will continue to have a job appointment each semester, and making as little as $18,000 while simultaneously having to pay $2,000 in university fees, even when serving as the lead instructor for classes of up to 60 undergraduate students.  

On March 19, we will begin an indefinite strike to win a fair contract! We're asking for donations to our strike fund to ensure we can hold out against the university administration for however long it takes to win living wages, fee waivers, and transparent appointment policies.

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Dear supporter,
As we move into the second week of our strike, we want to thank you for the help you have given us. Seeing all of the donations and messages of support roll in from undergraduates, faculty, staff, family, alumni, fellow union members, and allies from all across the country, we have known that we are not alone in facing a university administration that does not value our labor. Besides keeping our picketers fed, our signs waving, and our megaphone batteries charged, your donations have also given striking grad workers more confidence that they are protected from HR’s threats to dock their pay.
We were prepared for a long fight, and since the administration has certainly made no real move to change anything, we may be out for some time yet to come. For this reason, you will notice that we are raising the cap on donations to our strike fund, which, thanks to your help, has already almost reached our initial goal. If you know of any others who may be inclined to support our strike, please pass along the link. And thank you for your contribution to the fight to uphold the dignity of labor!
In solidarity,
UIC GEO Local 6297
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