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.
Welcome back, and happy fall semester! Thanks to our efforts and yours, as of September 22nd, we have reached over 200 new members fully signed up on eDues. That's both because of our organizers going door-to-door in departments and because of you, telling your friends and colleagues about GAU and the importance of being a dues-paying member.
This semester, we'd like to continue this trend by increasing our membership to 900. Why? Well, this year, the Florida legislature passed a bill that makes payroll deduction illegal for unions and requires 60% of the bargaining unit to be union members for all public employee unions or they would risk decertification. If we were decertified, you would be left without a minimum stipend, without representation if you have a grievance, without guaranteed health insurance subsidies, and even without a collective bargaining agreement. According to information provided to us during last bargaining season, there are 2,918 graduate assistants at FSU. Increasing our membership to 60% of that number in order to pre-empt these bills is of paramount importance. Getting to 30% this semester is the first step in building a union that can't be threatened by union-busting tactics!
If you're not a member, join now!
If you're a member and not converted to eDues, go to our Help with eDues page to finding out how to convert!
If you are a member fully converted to eDues, please join the organizing effort by signing up to help with our weekly office visits.
Remember, we're stronger together!
Lee Robertson, FSU-GAU Organizing Chair
BY: March 2024
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