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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General Membership Meeting

Our Fall General Membership Meeting will be help on Tuesday, October 21 from 7PM-8:30PM in LOV 101. There is ample parking behind the Love Building, in Woodward Garage, and on Academic Way.

We will be discussing the current state of the bargaining unit, providing bargaining and membership updates, and voting on proposed changes to our Constitution and Bylaws.

Bargaining: 2014 Reopener

Tentative Agreements Have Been Signed - Awaiting Ratification

A message from John Emanuello, Cheif Negotiator for UFF-FSU-GAU:

After 10 long bargaining sessions across 5 months, I am pleased and terribly proud to announce that we have reached tentative agreements on all outstanding issues. I am even more proud of the sustained support we have received from you all over this unusually long bargaining season. Without you all packing the room and holding the University's feet to the fire, I am confident that we would have fared as well as we did. So, on behalf of your GAU leaders, I offer our sincerest gratitude!

While we did not get everything that we wanted, we made some great progress on stipends, outside employment, health insurance and fees. At the end of the day, I think both parties can be proud of what was accomplished. Click the links below for the new language we have signed.

Article 23 - Stipends

Both sides agreed to an unprecedented increase of $1200 in the minimum stipend from $8800 to $10,000 for those on a .5FTE appointment. While this amount is still below what GAs at our sister institutions make, it is a step in the right direction. We also agreed to a 3% increase in stipends for everyone. See the tentative agreement here.

Article 7 - Outside Employment or Activity/ Additional Employment/ Conflict of Interest

We also agreed to a fair and reasonable outside employment policy. Departments can no longer implement restrictions on outside employment which do not constitute a conflict of interest for GAs making less than $7500 per semester. This means our lowest paid GAs will have the right to work. There will also an expedited appeal process for those GAs who feel their departments have unfairly deemed their outside employment as a conflict of interest. Additionally, any department wishing to implement a policy on outside employment must now get permission from the dean of their college and the dean of the grad school. See the tentative agreement here.

Article 16 - Health Insurance

We also agreed to a sizable increase in the health insurance subsidy. The subsidies are now $1,500/$850 (0.50FTE/0.25-0.49FTE for the whole year). We also agreed to a third subsidy level of $1050 for those on a .5 FTE appointment one semester and .25-49 FTE appointment for the other. The University is sticking to their 1/3 in the Fall and 2/3 in the Spring disbursement system, but the new agreement will result in a more fair distribution. See the tentative agreement here.

Memorandum of Agreement (Fees)

We finally got the university to recognize that fees are a burden on GAs! After immediately shutting down the issue last year when we proposed it, they have agreed to form a joint labor and management committee to determine ways to get relief for GAs from fees to work. See the MOA here.

The next step is to have the bargaining unit vote on these proposed changes. This ratification vote will be taking place in the very near future. Stay tuned for the details.

 

Important Information

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

See the letter here.

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