Today around 1pm GEO shut down its picket lines to announce that the UIUC had agreed to the central demand that was driving the strike: tuition waiver security. The strike is still on until the appropriate GEO body can vote, but for now the pickets are suspended.
The GEO had planned a general membership meeting this evening to hear the progress of negotiations, so we should hear a result one way or the other soon. Faculty support of various kinds - department resolutions, canceling classes, picketing, etc. - has been important to this effort, and faculty should remember what can be done together. GEO is an inspiration to us all!