Become a Member


GEO/UAW Local 1596 is the graduate employee union at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the exclusive bargaining agent for all graduate employees (TAs, RAs, GAs, and Teaching Fellows). All UMass Boston graduate employees are represented by GEO and covered by the terms of our contract with UMass.

Becoming a member is simple!
1. Fill out the membership and FERPA form here.

Your signature gives you the right to a say in GEO and UAW Local 1596 governance, vote on/run for union office, participate in collective bargaining and vote on our contracts with UMass. Your signature below also authorizes the deduction of a one-time $25 initiation fee and deduction of 1.79% membership dues from your bi-weekly paychecks for this and all future graduate employee appointments.

2. Turn the Membership Form into:

Graduate Employee Organization
Quinn 02-081 (A/B/C)
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

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