GUIDELINES FOR NTFC MEMBERS IN THE EVENT OF A GEO STRIKE.
The Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) is currently holding a strike authorization vote. If the vote passes, GEO could then call for a strike at any time.
NTFC stands in full support of GEO’s actions in its efforts to secure a fair contract.
However, members of the NTFC bargaining unit must comply with the no-strike clause of our own contract.
What you cannot do:
NTFC does not condone or support any sort of sympathy strike or work stoppage by our bargaining unit members.
Any such action would violate the terms of our contract, which states, in part, that the union shall “disavow in writing the strike or work stoppage” [of NTFC bargaining unit members] “and advise in writing that” [NTFC] “faculty engaged in such activity immediately return to work and cease the violation. Any or all bargaining unit members who violate the provisions of this Article may be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal under the Discipline and Dismissal Article of this Agreement.” (ARTICLE XVII UNAUTHORIZED WORK STOPPAGE in our Collective Bargaining Agreement.)
What you can do:
If GEO does go on strike, we urge our members, and all sympathetic parties, to show their support.
- March with strikers when such actions don’t interfere with your other duties.
- Honor picket lines GEO may set up.
For those who teach in picketed buildings, honoring picket lines could involve finding alternative venues for your classes. Office managers within relevant departments should be able to help find alternative teaching locations.
- Sign GEO’s petition to the Board of Trustees and the Administration.
- Contributing to the GEO Strike Fund, or support them in other ways, by contacting GEO directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have additional questions, Contact Us.
We are consulting with IFT-AFT for guidance on other questions related a possible GEO strike. We will update this page with new information.