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.

Other highlights:

Most recently, FSU proposed:

  • $14,280 minimum stipend for 0.5 FTE, academic-year appointment
  • 2% competitive pay adjustment
  • $100 increase in the health insurance subsidy

In our counter, GAU proposed:

  • $15,000 minimum stipend for 0.5 FTE, academic-year appointment
  • 3% competitive pay adjustment
  • An increase in the health insurance subsidy that will cover the cost of the health insurance premium increase ($139 for domestic graduate assistants, for example)
  • A dependent coverage option in either the contract or a memorandum of understanding
  • A memorandum of understanding to design and implement a dental and vision insurance program in 2019-2020

A note on dependent coverage: As a result of efforts by GAU, FSU will offer dependent coverage for the coming year. However, because FSU unilaterally cut dependent coverage in 2016-17, we are asking that FSU guarantee a dependent coverage option in the future.

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