United Faculty of Florida - Florida State University - Graduate Assistants United (UFF-FSU-GAU) represents and advocates for the interests of its members and all GA's at Florida State University. GAU was founded in 2008 and is the only legally recognized collective bargaining agent for GA's 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.

Recent gains from the 2014-2015 bargaining session between GAU and FSU include:

  • ensuring that departments cannot unfairly and arbitrarily bar GAs who make less than $7,500 per semester from outside employment, so long as it does not present a conflict of interest;
  • increasing health insurance subsidies afforded to all GAs, as well as establishing a payroll deduction system for health insurance premiums that lessens the burden on GAs by delaying payment and making deductions pre-tax;
  • and increasing pay for all GAs, including a new minimum stipend of $10,000 for GAs on a 0.50 FTE appointment and a 3% raise for all GAs paid more than the minimum.

We’ve also made progress on the issues of fees for GAs. For more information about all of these, please browse our Issues pages, available in the drop-down menu at the top of this page.

Please complete our Online Membership Form to join GAU today!

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This semester, we will be holding elections for President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Membership, and Treasurer. The remaining positions on the Executive Committee are appointed by the President. Please refer to our Constitution and Bylaws for position descriptions.

Nominations are due by 5PM on March 31, 2015. Elections will be held at our spring General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30-8PM in LOV 102. Last minute nominations will be taken at the GMM prior to elections. Newly elected officers will take office on April 15, 2015.

Running for office is extremely important. Your GAU works only when it is run by people who care enough to make a difference. If you are interested in a position, but would like to know more, or to submit a nomination, please contact President Kerr Ballenger: president@fsugau.org

Nominations Recieved

President: Kimberly Tate Anderson (English Department), Martin Bremer (College of Education)

Executive Vice President: Martin Bremer (College of Education)

Vice President of Membership: Wayne Reed (English Department)

Treasurer: Tara Baldrick-Morrone (Department of Religion)


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 'average subsidy 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.