President Kimberly Tate Anderson, Executive Vice-President Martin Bremer, Grievance Officer Rachel McCleery, and Co-Chief Negotiator Matt Dauphin traveled to Tampa, FL this weekend to attend the spring UFF Senate meeting. The spring meeting is traditionally the one in which senators vote of UFF’s annual budget. It also provides an opportunity to check in with our brother and sister organizations, learn what we’re all doing in our own corners of the state, and strategize about better ways to work in solidarity.
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We’ll be hosting two pre-bargaining caucuses to inform our members of our plans for the 2016-2017 bargaining session, as well as to seek their input on our priorities during negotiations. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the bargaining process and to have your voice heard. Though your EC works diligently to ensure that we serve the interests of GAs from all across campus, it is with your input and participation that we can best meet that goal.
Our caucuses will meet in WMS 013, which is located on the ground floor of the Williams building and is best accessed from Jefferson St. Food will be provided. Both caucuses will start at 6:00 pm, one on Wednesday, February 17, and one on Thursday, February 18. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UFF-FSU-GAU will be joining other UFF chapters and FEA members from all across the state as we converge on the Florida Capitol courtyard. This rally is in support of public education and seeks to end the grievous policies that had been weakening it. The Florida Legislature is poised to do even more harm by permitting guns on campus, despite the objections of University presidents, faculty, staff, students, and police chiefs. We will lend our support to this important event and remind our politicians that they represent us.
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Greetings Graduate Assistants,
GAU is entering our fourth month of bargaining. We are currently fighting for 100% health insurance coverage. Unfortunately, things are not looking good for us. The University has agreed to an increase for those working 20 hours a week (0.50 FTE appointment), but not those on lesser ones. We feel that this is unfair and cannot agree to an increase for one group of GAs and not ALL GAs.
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