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

Aug 25 2016: Fall Social

It's time for our Fall Social and GAU is heading back to GrassLands! We want to start the school year right and welcome all our new colleagues. Come join us for free pizza from Gaines Street Pies and, for the first 50 members, a free drink! Bring a new member and sign them up at the door for an extra free drink - and they'll get one, too! We'll also be handing out free snow cones!

The fun starts at 6:00 pm. Head over to Facebook and RSVP so we know how much pizza to order.

Don't forget to wear your GAU shirt! We just got a new shipment, so if you've never picked one up, we've got you covered.

FRIDAY, September 9, 2016

GrassLands Brewing Company
603 W Gaines Street, #7
Tallahassee, FL, 32304


Aug 25 2016: Notice of Special Election for Treasurer

Our current treasurer, Tara Baldrick-Morrone, is stepping back from her duties to focus on her dissertation. While we are deeply saddened by this decision, we stand in full support of it, and of her. She has been an invaluable leader in our community.

GAU Treasurer is an elected position and term will run through April 14, 2017. In accordance with our bylaws, we are announcing a General Membership Meeting, during which we will take nominations for her replacement. All GAU members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Any member in good standing can run for treasurer. A complete list of responsibilities is outlined in the GAU bylaws, which you can read here.

The nomination process is simple: you can nominate yourself or any other member in good standing, or inform our president, Matt Dauphin, of your desire to run and he will nominate you. Nominations can also be made from the floor during the meeting. In the event that there is only one nomination, members may move to elect by acclamation; a unanimous vote means the nominee is immediately elected. If there are multiple nominees, we will hold a separate meeting, at least 2 weeks later, where attendees will vote by secret ballot.

Notice of Nomination Meeting
SSB 219
Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30 pm

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