At our most recent bargaining session on Friday, we are happy to report we’ve made some progress!
Article 9 and Appendix A have been “TA’d”! What does that mean? It means your GAU and FSU have come to a “Temporary Agreement” on Article 9 (Copyrights and Patents) and Appendix A (a companion to Article 9). We can now set those aside for the rest of bargaining! Hooray! Article 10 We presented Article 10 for the first time on Leave/Paid Time Off/Non-Leave Accommodations. The goal is to a) make sure we cover more scenarios for short-term paid time off, b) make extended leave (up to 8 weeks) PAID instead of unpaid, for specific things (like parental leave for newborn/new adoption/fostering; extended illness, etc.) and c) put in place accommodations for people who can’t take extended leave but need some kind of deadline flexibility/case management. This would be people who are caregivers to small children or people with a chronic illness/end of life condition, or people who have a chronic illness themselves. We also struck language that would require a doctor’s note for any of these things because that’s classist and ableist. Article 18 We returned Article 18 (Workplace Safety) to them with our revisions. We’re demanding SOME private space in each department be accessible when we need to talk to students privately. We are demanding that if it’s POSSIBLE, everyone get their own desk and chair, but if not, every office have at least that. We are also demanding high speed and RELIABLE WiFi. We also added back language that includes mental health as a workplace safety issue. So where do we stand right now in terms of bargaining?
FSU-GAU Bargaining Stats Tracker:
9 Articles: With FSU-BOT 1 Article: With GAU 4 Articles: TA’d
Workplace Safety—Mental. Do you think mental safety is a workplace safety issue? Are you NOT a protected class, but still receive abuse or other experiences damaging to your mental health in your workplace? If so, email us! Sick Leave/Caretaker Leave. Did you have to take leave to care for yourself or others and had a problem with your department? Were you expected to make up hours, work, reports, grading, &c. to an extent that felt impossible? Were you harassed for taking time off for medical reasons, for yourself or your family? Email us! Harassment. Finally, as always, we are looking for stories about harassment. If you were belittled, bullied, sexual harassed, &c. by your supervisor or other employees of FSU, we want to hear from you. Impact statements can be anonymous, and we can read them for you.
Our next in person Bargaining Committee meeting will be this Monday, 3-5PM, at Gaines Street Pies (the Gaines Street location). If you’re interested in helping with bargaining, swing on by! We are still looking for: copywriters, graphic designers, researchers, social media managers, &c. Not sure what you can do to help? Show up anyway and have a beer or non-alcoholic beverage with us! NB: We WILL still have a “call-in” option for this meeting (see the bottom of this email). We love how much more accessible Zoom has made GAU, but also want to start seeing each other in real life again! So we’re testing out this “hybrid” model.