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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FSU GAU President Adela Ghadimi’s Opinion Piece for The Tallahassee Democrat:

Florida State’s graduate assistant benefits package lags far behind UF and USF | Opinion

“FSU claims it wants to improve its ranking and prioritize research, all while recruiting and retaining the best and brightest. Yet the university has repeatedly offered substandard pay and benefits to graduate assistants, who conduct important research and teach around 30 percent of FSU’s undergraduate courses.”

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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