FSU GAU

United Faculty of Florida - Florida State University - Graduate Assistants United (UFF-FSU-GAU) represents and advocates for the interests of its members and all GAs at Florida State University. GAU was founded in 2008 and is the only legally recognized collective bargaining agent for GAs at FSU; we seek to improve working conditions and defend the working rights of all GAs. GAU's first contract was ratified in the Fall of 2010, ensuring that all GAs across the FSU campus receive fair and equitable treatment as students and employees. Since this first contract was negotiated with the university administration,  we have increased the minimum stipend repeatedly, secured multiple across-the-board performance raises, increased the health insurance subsidy, secured Family Medical Leave for all GAs, and advocated for the rights of students, as individuals and as groups, through the grievance process.

The current goals of GAU are to meet and exceed the benefit levels enjoyed by graduate students at other universities with preeminent status. Specifically, we want to achieve 100% health insurance reimbursement subsidies and 100% tuition and fees payment for all eligible GAs.  By coming together, we can make improvements in our lives and do much more together than we can alone. Help us make FSU competitive with other universities in the state of Florida.  More members mean more leverage, which leads to better benefits.

Recent gains from the 2015-2016 bargaining session between GAU and FSU were extensive; it was a full book negotiation, which means that we looked at the entire Collective Bargaining Agreement and made changes to 20 items. You can read the full list of changes here. Some highlights:

  • increased the threshold below which departments cannot unfairly and arbitrarily bar GAs from outside employment, so long as it does not present a conflict of interest, to $7,750 per semester;
  • increased health insurance subsidies afforded to all GAs to keep up with the rising cost of premiums;
  • added stronger protections against overworking GAs beyond what their FTE allows;
  • and increased pay for all GAs, including a new minimum stipend of $12,000 for GAs on a 0.50 FTE appointment and a 3% raise for all GAs paid more than the minimum.

 

Please complete our Online Membership Form to join GAU today!

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Recent Updates

Nov 18 2016: General Membership Meeting

The December 1st Executive Committee meeting has been designated a General Membership Meeting. While all EC meetings are open to our membership, we are encouraging anyone who would like to join the discussion of GAU's political activity in the wake of the Presidential election to attend. We will weigh the pros and cons of specific actions against our overarching mission as a union, and discuss how best to represent our members moving forward. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and help shape our message.

The meeting will be from 10:45-12:15, in KRB 324, and will include other EC business as usual. If you cannot attend, but would like to share your thoughts, you can email our Political Action Chair, Chris Segal, at action@fsugau.org

Notice of Meeting
KRB 324
Thursday, December 1, 10:45am-12:15pm

 

Nov 17 2016: Thanksgiving Solidarity

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for many of us. It comes so close to the end of the semester that we can't always make it home to spend with our families, while friends often leave town to be with theirs.

GAU is organizing its members to pick up some of the holiday slack and give a seat at the table to members with no place to spend the day. If you have room for an extra place at your table, or have nowhere else to go that day, GAU wants to help connect you with your other half!

Any member of GAU can sign up to host another member of our union for Thanksgiving dinner. You can also sign up to find a place to go. Hosts who are matched with a guest will be entered into a random drawing for one of four $25 Publix gift cards (to say thank you for this show of solidarity and community).

Use the link below to access a Google form we've created to help organize this. We've put in options to indicate any necessary restrictions (for our vegan and vegetarian members, and those with special dietary needs), so that we can help match people more easily.

Click Here to Sign Up (Hosts & Guests)

Why not run a food drive?
Every time the holiday season rolls around, this question comes up a lot. Many unions, especially other GAU chapters, have staged food drives to help feed their members. There is an active food pantry at FSU, and we support its existence. Rather than try to duplicate those efforts, this seemed like a good opportunity to help build our community and encourage active participation and support. Meet new colleagues, try new dishes, and talk about the things for which you're thankful - hopefully, a strong, active union will be on the list!

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