Press Release

With close to fifty student protesters outside FSU’s Training Center the UFF-FSU-GAU bargaining team returned to the bargaining table with FSU representatives to continue negotiations over a health insurance subsidy for FSU Graduate Assistants. While GAU had hoped FSU would step in line with UF, USF, and FAMU who all offer full health insurance subsidies for Graduate Assistants (GAs), we were able to negotiate a substantial increase. For GAs on a 0.50FTE appointment (working 20 hours a week), the subsidy was increased from $900 to $1300 and GAs on a 0.25FTE – 0.49FTE moved from $450 to $650. This is a step in the right direction towards our goal, and is a drastic increase over the University’s first offer.
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FSU Grad Assistants Push to Unionize

TAs Seek Better Health Coverage, Higher Salaries

From the front page of the Tallahassee Democrat:
By Angeline J. Taylor * DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER * September 22, 2008

Shawntel Ensminger will owe at least $22,800 in medical expenses before the year ends, and that doesn’t include the chemotherapy sessions she will have to get. The 27-year-old graduate student is employed by Florida State University. She’s the recipient of a university presidential fellowship, so she has medical insurance.
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