All nominations must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed., April 4th
Following are descriptions for the open officer positions for spring 2018.
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. This position serves a two-year term as a volunteer.
The UF-GAU treasurer is responsible for managing the chapter's bank account, approving and 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 amount 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. This position serves a two-year term as a volunteer.
The Grievance Chair is responsible for leading the Grievance Committee, who ensures that the University complies with the articles of contract. The Grievance Chair’s specific duties include:fielding inquiries from GAs regarding their employment concerns, determining if there is an employment (not student) issue that GAU can investigate, working with GAs and the University on grievances either informally or formally via the grievance procedure (Article 22), and ensuring that due process is followed in discipline issues. Ultimately, this position has the power to hold the University accountable for "righting any wrongs" that come across our radar. This position serves a two-year term as a volunteer.
UFF Senator (29 seats)/FEA Delegate (13 seats)
These positions are open to any GAU member who wishes to be involved in the processes governing our parent unions, United Faculty of Florida and the Florida Education Association. Senators and delegates are invited to attend their respective sessions (i.e. UFF Senate and FEA Delegation Assembly) in the year they serve. For example, UFF Senate is held each Fall and Spring semester, where Senators attend training sessions, discuss union issues with other higher-ed chapters in Florida, and vote on the UFF budget. Note: you can serve as both a UFF Senator and FEA delegate. These positions serves a one-year term as a volunteer, so current Senators/Delegates MUST be on the 2018-19 ballot to be re-elected.
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