2018-2019 Contract for Ratification

To vote for our against contract ratification, bring your FSU ID and come to the GAU Table at the HCB Breezeway on August 20 and 21 (Monday and Tuesday) from 11:00-3:00pm. The contract will not go into effect until we complete ratification, so please review the changes and come cast your vote!  Click the button below for a link to the contract and materials up for ratification.


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Bargaining Session #9 Update: GAU Continues Pushing for Better Pay and Benefits

FSU continued a string of frustrating proposals during our 9th bargaining session, held on Thursday, July 26. At the session, GAU stressed that the university needed to move closer to the level of pay and benefits proposed by GAU.

FSU struck our proposal waiving all tuition and some fees. In response, we pointed out that this was an important issue for us. In particular, we emphasized that FSU needed to fix the problem of some departments requiring that international and out-of-state students pay tuition.

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July 25, 2018 Press Release: GAU: FSU Benefits Package Lags Far Behind UF & USF

TALLAHASSEE — Graduate Assistants United strongly criticizes Florida State University’s substandard benefits proposals for graduate assistants during ongoing contract negotiations and will seek improved benefits at a bargaining session Thursday. Graduate assistants teach about 30 percent of Florida State University’s undergraduate courses, and FSU’s poor treatment of these key employees could affect the university’s rankings and leadership position.

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Bargaining Session #5 Update| Bargaining Session #6 is Coming Up Tomorrow!

During the session, we expressed our unhappiness with bargaining delays and asked for significant increases in financial benefits. We presented evidence showing the following:

  1. FSU’s budget has increased for the current and upcoming years
  2. Increases in minimum GA stipends at FSU have lagged significantly behind those at comparable schools
  3. Some GAs are paid less for teaching the same class in Summer than in Fall or Spring terms.

Here are highlights of the session:


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2017-2018 Bargaining Process Summary

GAU met regularly with university representatives from June to August to negotiate a new contract. As part of negotiations, we argued for better pay and other benefits after discussing strategies to obtain the best possible contract. During bargaining sessions, we presented research on benefits at comparable educational institutions in and out of Florida. We ran quantitative analyses of university offers to determine their impact. We also carefully discussed each offer. In addition, while negotiations were ongoing, we distributed a press release to media organizations about our efforts. As a result, the following story ran on WFSU: http://news.wfsu.org/ .

We are pleased to report that, on Sep. 21 and 22, Graduate Assistants voted unanimously to approve the 2017-18 contract changes.

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