Germaine is a retired public school teacher, having taught biology for 27 years at Mahomet-Seymour High School. She has extensive experience as a labor activist. Her first union experiences were with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) as a city bus driver for Bloomington-Normal Public Transit and attending solidarity rallies for the Normal, IL firefighters locked in jail for striking. Germaine was a member of Mahomet-Seymour Education Association/IEA/NEA for 27 years, and held many union positions, including Area Representative, Local Treasurer, Local President for four years, Region Council Representative, Delegate to the IEA & NEA Representative Assemblies for over 10 years, IEA Grassroots Political Activist for 6 years, Region Chair and Vice Chair and IEA Delegate to Champaign County AFL-CIO Local Labor Council for 15 years. Upon retiring in 2013, she became a member of IEA-Retired. In these positions much time was and still is spent lobbying public officials, noting their responses and performance in office, helping to run candidate endorsement meetings for IEA, and organizing union members to participate. She has worked for many years to enhance community coalitions in local labor groups like AFL-CIO and Central Illinois Jobs With Justice, where she is a founding member.
Germaine also has extensive experience in campaign work. She was State Rep. Carol Ammons’ Volunteer Coordinator for a year during the primary and general elections; responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising over 300 volunteers in a populist race. She was a member of CU4Bernie, helping with fundraising and street canvassing in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. She was Canvassing Captain at the Urbana Bernie Sanders Campaign Office. In addition, Germaine has worked with the Responsible Budget Coalition lobbying state officials to support a Fair Tax. Germaine will put her extensive political organizing experience to good use as a State Central Committeewoman.