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.


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Recent Updates

Jul 1 2016: Bargaining Concludes!

Today, GAU concluded negotiations with FSU. Our bargaining team is pleased with the results of this year's contract negotiations. We opened four articles this year: 11 (Grievances), 16 (Health Insurance), 18 (Other Employee Rights), and 23 (Stipends). It's important to remember that none of these changes will go into effect until the contract is ratified! Ratification is a simple process: simply stop by and cast your vote to ratify or not. A majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast will determine whether or not the contract is ratified.

Ratification of the new changes will take place July 21 and July 22. There will be two locations for each day:

  • On the main campus, GAU will be in the HCB Breezeway from 11am-3pm both days.
  • On the engineering campus, GAU will be
    • in the COE Atrium, Building A, from 11am-1pm July 21
    • in the NHMFL Lobby from 11am-1pm July 22

You can see a complete record of all changes by downloading the PDF linked here. Read on for a brief summary of the changes:

  • Article 11: Grievances
    • Clarification of appropriate modes of communication and electronic receipts of documents; only issues brought up by Step 2 will be eligible for discussion at Step 3; if no decision was reached or if no appeal was filed in a timely manner, the grievance shall be considered resolved; grievances will be considered withdrawn after ninety (90) days of inactivity.
  • Article 16: Health Insurance
    • Date updated to reflect new academic year; added agreement to reopen article in case of federal changes that affect this article.
  • Article 18: Other Employee Rights
    • Status quo.
  • Article 23: Stipends
    • All GAs on a 0.25 FTE or higher will receive a stipend increase of 2%, with a minimum increase of $525. This will go into effect by September 23.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can reach the bargaining committee at chiefnegotiator@fsugau.org


Jun 29 2016: Our New Logo

We have a winner for our logo redesign contest! Congratulations to Kenneth Johnson, II, from the English Department, whose winning creation will be the new symbol of our union. We're quite pleased with the results of this contest! And thanks to all who participated.


Apr 11 2016: Early Enrollment

Summer is a hard time for GAU. We tend to lose a large number of our members to graduation, and it can be hard for others to pay their dues when summer employment isn't guaranteed. Our allies at FEA know this and have found one way to help us out: Early Enrollment! New members can enroll as members of the union now, but they won't have to pay dues until their August paycheck! Check out the flyer below. Any questions can be directed to our Vice President of Membership.

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