The University and GAU presented counterproposals. Below is an update on Thursday’s bargaining session.
Thanks to the GAs who showed up — you helped show the University we are invested in our contracts.
Stipends: FSU proposed a minimum stipend of $13,500 for 9-month GAs on a 0.5 FTE, and a 1.5% pay increase for all GAs already earning above the minimum. This is a slight increase from their previous offer of $13,000 and 1%. GAU countered by asking for a minimum stipend of $7,250 per semester — defined as autumn, spring, and summers A, B, and C — and a 2.5% pay increase for GAs earning above the minimum.
We strongly believe GAs deserve better than the University’s offer. This is especially true given significant increases in GA stipends at other public Florida universities and a national inflation rate of roughly 2%.
Health Insurance: FSU proposed status quo language, which means a subsidy of $1,662 for GAs on a 0.5 FTE, and less for those on 0.25 FTE or mixed appointments. GAU countered by asking for $2,227 for domestic students and $2,243 for international students on student health insurance, regardless of FTE. This is 95% of the cost of the premium.
Since the cost of coverage is increasing and benefits such as dependent coverage have been cut for the upcoming year, we feel our subsidy should likewise increase.
Consultation: FSU rejected GAU’s proposal that the University president attend at least one bargaining session. They said there was no precedent or need for the president to do so. However, they accepted language that would require the president to meet with GAU representatives at least once in the fall or spring. GAU will strategize before responding. We may accept this proposal.
What Can You Do?
- Attend the next bargaining session on Thursday, August 3, from 2-5 pm, at the FSU Training Center (493 Stadium Drive). More bodies in the room makes the University more likely to listen.
- Email Dr. Judith Devine, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, at email@example.com or University President John Thrasher at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them why graduate assistants deserve a raise.