Spring 2017 GAU Election Open Positions 2360 Reitz Union April 18th, 5pm
As co-president, you are one of the public faces of GAU. Be prepared to help lead GAU’s official interactions with local media, our friends in the UF administration, and UFF. The co-president also oversees such administrative functions as the hiring of released-timers, the conducting of GAU elections, the submission of reports to UFF and GAU’s preparations for bargaining. You will also collaborate with the Organizing Chair in the planning of major GAU rallies and events. While you are unlikely to always be the main person involved in all of these roles at all times, your consistent presence will be critical to their success. Be ready to lead! GAU members, your fellow officers and released-time staff will regularly look to you for guidance on critical union matters. Also, establishing a good working relationship with your fellow co-president will be essential to helping GAU achieve its goals. Upon assuming the office, you will be given access to a document that includes important GAU records.
The coordinator’s role is to be a constant presence in everyone’s lives by making sure that people are doing what they should be doing. Keep track of who volunteers to do what and then follow up! Also, take notes at meetings, distribute them to attendees afterwards, and upload them onto the Google Drive. Finally, the coordinator is the point person for the released-timers.
The Chief Steward is the backbone of GAU's inter-subjective and inter-personal ethos. The Chief Steward works to establish a GAU presence in Departments across campus by acting as a liaison between GAU officers and Departmental Stewards/Representatives. In practice, the Chief Steward works to increase participation of Department Stewards/Representatives in GAU activities and increase member activism more broadly. He or she must have a sunny disposition, with only sporadic meltdowns, and a willingness to go above and beyond the call of his/her department or union.
Take charge of contract negotiations with the university, which happen annually. Coordinate the activities of the bargaining team (including managing the bargaining email list) and make sure that everything that needs to get done actually gets done. In addition to outwitting UF administrators at the bargaining table, other tasks include: conducting research; keeping track of bargaining-related paperwork and the signing of articles; and, maintaining a list of bargaining priorities.
The UF-GAU treasurer is responsible for managing the chapter's bank account, reimbursing members for chapter-related costs, and recording UF-GAU's expenses throughout the year, which is compiled into the annual Treasurer's Report. In the fall semester, the treasurer creates the UF-GAU annual budget and submits it for approval during that semester's general membership meeting. This budget is then submitted to UFF. Also, s/he manages a small stash of petty cash that is kept in the office for regular expenses. By May 15, the treasurer is required to submit Form 990-N (or 990-EZ) to the IRS for the previous tax year.
The UFF liaison is responsible for coordinating with UFF, generally through their GAU liaison, in order to facilitate cooperation and solidarity between chapters. The UFF liaison keeps UFF informed about the chapter's priorities, goals, and events, as well as any other pertinent information. Once a semester, the UFF liaison attends a UFF Council meeting and the GAU liaison attends a GAU general membership meeting, in order to encourage communication between the two chapters and further develop a mutually beneficial relationship.
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