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 graduate assistants at Florida State University. GAU was founded in 2008 and is the only legally recognized collective bargaining agent for graduate assistants at FSU and seeks 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 twice, secured an across-the-board performance raise, 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 equals more leverage equals better benefits.

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Second Annual Spear the Fees Rally!

Join us in a march the Westcott building at 1:45PM to a rally and press conference on the steps of the Historic Old Capitol from 2:00 - 3:00PM as we collectively protest the semesterly fees-to-work charged to Graduate Assistants across the state of Florida. We have made much progress since our rally last year: we have opened a dialogue with FSU administration on GA fees and we are working with Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (HB 925) and Senator Maria Sachs (SB 1420) on legislation that, if passed, will waive certain fees for all GAs in the Sunshine State.

Please let us know that you are coming and help us to spread the word by joining our Facebook Event. Please invite your friends and colleagues by hand to ensure that we reach the greatest number of people possible. Also, please post flyers around your department and distribute palmcards to the GAs in your department.

 

This is What UFF-FSU-GAU Does for GAs at FSU!

We are very pleased to announce that the arbitrator ruled in our favor regarding FSU's payment of Health Insurance Subsidies. You can read her entire decision here (the decision starts on page 13 and the final ruling is on page 17). In sum, FSU's practice of "averaging FTEs" was not a well-known practice and furthermore, FSU "did not establish a long-standing past practice of using the 'averagesubsidy methodology' to calculate yearly subsidies when semester FTE appointments are different." She goes on to say that "Application of the “averaging subsidy methodology” produced incorrect yearly health insurance subsidies for at most 10% of FSU’s eligible GAs during the 2013-2014 year. These GAs all had different semester FTE appointments during that year. The amount due the Union President for the 2013-2014 year is $325. Similarly situated GAs would be owed the same amount for the same period. Because some GAs were not paid $325 of the subsidy salary supplements they earned, the University did not fully comply with Article 16.2 of the Agreement in during the 2013-201(4) year."

The final ruling states "To remedy the violation of Article 16.2 of the Agreement, the University shall pay to eligible GAs the balance of the 2013-2014 Article 16.2 health insurance subsidies that should have been disbursed to them in the 2014 spring semester. These subsidy disbursements shall be made as soon as is practicable, but not more than ninety days from the date of this Award."

Important Information

Letter from Florida Representative Michelle Reywinkel Vasilinda regarding Fees-to-Work

See the letter here.

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