Picketers' ranks growing as UI GEO's strike enters fourth day

Picketers' ranks growing as UI GEO's strike enters fourth day

The latest on the strike by the UI's Graduate Employees Organization, which began at 8 a.m. Monday and enters its fourth day today:


By the GEO's count, about 50 new faces joined the picketers Wednesday, said Co-President Gus Wood, putting the total at more than 850. "Greg Hall is now shut down. That's 8 buildings!!!" Wood announced.

The latest estimates from the UI: Of 2,870 classes scheduled Wednesday, 31 were moved elsewhere, and 56 were canceled. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said there were 139 striking graduate employees.


While Provost (and self-described optimist) Andreas Cangellaris remained hopeful earlier this week that the campus and graduate workers would reach a deal in short order, this walkout has already topped a similar one in 2009 that lasted two days.

If it gets to a fifth day, it will bump up against Unofficial St. Patrick's Day — the annual drinkfest on the first Friday in March famous for leaving lecture halls half-full.


Both sides are apparently waiting for the other to restart contract talks, which broke down Sunday after nearly 11 months of negotiations.

Kaler says the union "still hasn't responded to our request to join us at the bargaining table."

Asked Wednesday if the union had heard from campus officials, Wood replied: "Not yet."

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on March 01, 2018 at 8:03 am

It will end when the " what we have to teach Freshman and Sophmores?" Professors start demanding an end to the rigorous 15 hr a week 100k jobs that they have.


In the mean time........


Party on Garth.

ccs1995 wrote on March 01, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Take away their tuition waivers and stipends if they don't report to work.  They are getting to go to grad school and participate in research at a world renowned institution on the taxpayers' dime.  If they don't like it, thousands of others will be willing to step in and fill their spot.

David Green wrote on March 01, 2018 at 2:03 pm

The GEO deserves the support of anyone who works for a wage and wants to see a better world for workers in all fields.

GLG wrote on March 01, 2018 at 10:03 pm

The U of I is ordering the police to go to the homes of the professors and bring them to their offices  telling them be prepared to teach. Many of these professors haven't been in the office for years. Professor Rosenstein has purchased a drone at tax payers expense to video the whole fiasco! Many of the professors are complaing " A 15 hour work week is would cut into their real jobs, Writing books and papers, The U of I gig is just a supplement". Do students that are taught by these GEO folks get a discount or do they pay the full deal??

UIUCGradStudent wrote on March 02, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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I really wish the administration would just give the graduate employees their tuition waivers so we could all get back to work.