CALL TO ACTION – Health Insurance Bargaining Meeting Thursday, September 5

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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FSU Health Insurance for GAs

FSU is the only unionized university in Florida that makes graduate assistants (GAs) pay for the school health insurance plan. FSU needs to pay for GA health insurance in order to remain competitive with the other universities. We are still negotiating over health insurance subsidies and it is proving to be a tough battle. GAU is working hard on increasing the subsidy and getting the University to stick to their word of not only verbally promising that they are working on meeting the goal of covering 100% of health insurance, but SHOWING us by increasing the stipend for both .25 and .50 FTE appointments.
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Greetings fellow FSU-GAU members!

As you all know, the beginning of the Fall semester is a very busy time, especially for GAU. Orientation week (August 19-23) is our busiest time for greeting new GAs and speaking to them about the union. Not only do we host a table at the Graduate School’s New Graduate Student Orientation and speak the PIE Conference, we are invited to a number of departments across campus to speak at their individual orientations.
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