Frequently Asked Questions
How does collective bargaining work?
"Collective bargaining is the process in which working people, through their unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family, and more. Collective bargaining is a way to solve workplace problems. It is also the best means for raising wages in America. Indeed, through collective bargaining, working people in unions have higher wages, better benefits and safer workplaces." - American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations
What constitutes a grievance?
A grievance is something you believe is a violation of your contract or basic workplace protections. Common grievances might include late/missing paychecks, unsafe or insufficient work space, innapropriate behavior from a superior, etc.
How do I purchase health insurance?
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Where do my dues go?
Dues are collected by the United Faculty of Florida (UFF), a statewide labor union representing instructors in Florida. Every year, GAU recieves a portion of those dues to carry about essential duties, host events for members, and associated costs.
How can I support GAU bargaining efforts?
Help grow out membership! Our efforts are only as strong as our membership base.
What are the requirements for membership?
GAU members must be a current Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and pay 1% of their monthly stipend to GAU. This is automatically deducted from your stipend, and should take effect in 1-2 payment cycles.