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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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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2017-2018 Bargaining Updates: Session #4: Thursday, July 20

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.

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