A: Yes. GEO represents all graduate Teaching Assistants and Fellows, Research Assistants, and Administrative Assistants at the UMass Boston campus.
A: GEO members pay Union dues to cover our costs of administration and representation. Graduate employees who pay dues are eligible to vote in elections, ratify contracts, and serve on the GEO Committee.
A: As student employees, we have a dual role at the University. Employment information is available to all of the other unions on campus. However, the University uses FERPA as a way to classify us as students and deny us access to employment information. By waiving your FERPA rights, GEO gains access to your employment information, which is very beneficial to us when we are negotiating our contract. GEO will never receive any of your confidential educational records.
A: Contact GEO and someone will be available to help you file a grievance or help with dispute resolution.