IFT-affiliated UIC Graduate Employees to Protest Unjust Labor Board Decision



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Illinois Federation of Teachers

    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Graduate Employees Organization
 (GEO) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will hold a rally
 Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. to protest a recent decision by the
 Illinois Educational Relations Board (IELRB) which denies virtually all U of I
 teaching, research, and graduate assistants the right to vote in a union
 election.  The rally will be held on the UIC east campus, in the Lecture
 Center Plaza, between the Chicago Circle Center and the Main Library.
     On March 27, the IELRB approved preliminary guidelines for who will be
 allowed to vote in an upcoming union election for graduate employees at the
 University of Illinois.  Their decision excludes all graduate students
 employed as teachers or researchers, as well as all graduate assistants whose
 employment duties overlap with their academic "discipline" -- a category
 suggested by the University of Illinois administration.
     This decision also goes against national precedent, which grants graduate
 teachers and researchers collective bargaining rights at nearly 30 public
 university campuses and recently at New York University, the first private
 university to have a recognized graduate employee union.  In 2000, the
 Illinois Supreme Court affirmed that graduate employees have the right to a
 legally binding union election.
     Community leaders and UIC faculty will join GEO members at the rally to
 publicly protest the unjust IELRB decision.  Representatives from the Service
 Employees International Union (SEIU), who recently won a union election on UIC
 campus, will also speak out against the decision.  GEO members will perform a
 series of skits entitled "Is It Work Yet?," highlighting the absurdity of the
 IELRB decision.  The GEO will also ask the crowd to sign petitions protesting
 the decision.
     UIC-GEO is seeking recognition as the labor union for UIC's teaching
 assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistants.  GEO has been
 organizing on the UIC campus since 1996 and represents hundreds of members in
 departments throughout the university.
     The UIC-GEO is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, an
 85,000-member union comprised of higher education faculty and staff, Pre K-12
 teachers, paraprofessional and school-related personnel and public employees.
 
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SOURCE Illinois Federation of Teachers
    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Graduate Employees Organization
 (GEO) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will hold a rally
 Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. to protest a recent decision by the
 Illinois Educational Relations Board (IELRB) which denies virtually all U of I
 teaching, research, and graduate assistants the right to vote in a union
 election.  The rally will be held on the UIC east campus, in the Lecture
 Center Plaza, between the Chicago Circle Center and the Main Library.
     On March 27, the IELRB approved preliminary guidelines for who will be
 allowed to vote in an upcoming union election for graduate employees at the
 University of Illinois.  Their decision excludes all graduate students
 employed as teachers or researchers, as well as all graduate assistants whose
 employment duties overlap with their academic "discipline" -- a category
 suggested by the University of Illinois administration.
     This decision also goes against national precedent, which grants graduate
 teachers and researchers collective bargaining rights at nearly 30 public
 university campuses and recently at New York University, the first private
 university to have a recognized graduate employee union.  In 2000, the
 Illinois Supreme Court affirmed that graduate employees have the right to a
 legally binding union election.
     Community leaders and UIC faculty will join GEO members at the rally to
 publicly protest the unjust IELRB decision.  Representatives from the Service
 Employees International Union (SEIU), who recently won a union election on UIC
 campus, will also speak out against the decision.  GEO members will perform a
 series of skits entitled "Is It Work Yet?," highlighting the absurdity of the
 IELRB decision.  The GEO will also ask the crowd to sign petitions protesting
 the decision.
     UIC-GEO is seeking recognition as the labor union for UIC's teaching
 assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistants.  GEO has been
 organizing on the UIC campus since 1996 and represents hundreds of members in
 departments throughout the university.
     The UIC-GEO is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, an
 85,000-member union comprised of higher education faculty and staff, Pre K-12
 teachers, paraprofessional and school-related personnel and public employees.
 
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