Groups protest treatment of OPS workers at UF
July 29, 2018
Following a series of passionate speakers, a group of about 75 protestors — many holding signs that read “We Demand $15 & Union Rights” or wearing pins that read “President Fuchs Don’t Fire OPS Workers In Mass” — began to walk across Village Drive toward the home of University of Florida President Kent Fuchs.
As they crossed the street, a lone voice yelled out: “When UF workers are under attack, what do we do?”
They responded in unison: “Stand up. Fight back.”
A rally organized by the Alachua County Labor Coalition was held Sunday afternoon across the street from Fuchs’ house to advocate for temporary employees, some of whom believe they are facing a mass layoff
Past deadline, UF, GAU continue contract negotiation
August 23, 2017
After nearly two months of waiting, UF and the Graduate Assistants United labor union met to discuss raises.
Stipend raises are the final piece of GAU’s three-year contract, which has yet to be settled. The initial deadline for the contract was in June, but negotiations were extended when UF gave a “place-holder” offer without finalized numbers, according to Alligator archives.
Stipend talks between GAU, UF delayed past June deadline
July 6, 2017
Out of the 26 articles needed to be agreed upon by both the Graduate Assistants United labor union and UF for their three-year contract, only one remains.
Graduate assistant student’s pay, a critical piece of GAU and UF’s contract, had an initial deadline of June 30. Disappointed by UF’s “placeholder” counterproposal from last week, GAU agreed to push past the deadline to reach a final agreement on stipends after nearly 2 months.
Negotiations for the three-year contract have been in the works for more than 6 months. Graduate student stipends have been negotiated on since May.
At a June 27 meeting at Pugh Hall, UF’s Chief bargainer Bill Connellan said he put down a “placeholder” counterproposal and asked GAU for an additional couple of weeks so that UF could finalize an official counterproposal.
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Mitch R. Murray
June 15, 2017
Graduate Assistants United and the University of Florida must wrap up their negotiations by June 30. Representing 4,000 employees, GAU has held off significant threats to health care. Perhaps most importantly, GAU wants to continue the fair increase of pay by maintaining its hard-won flat raises. This was a major victory because the percentage raises historically favored by UF do very little to compensate the lowest-paid graduate assistants.
But whatever a graduate assistant’s stipend, each pay back $80 in fees per credit hour (an average of $1,400 per academic year per graduate employee). This is a burden for all graduate assistants, but even more so for the lowest paid. (Consider that the minimum stipend for graduate assistants with a 0.5 full-time equivalency appointment is only $15,000 per year. Then consider that many graduate assistants have significantly lower FTEs.)
GAU, UF reach health care agreement, three-year contract
June 8, 2017
After more than five months of negotiations, the Graduate Assistants United and UF reached an agreement on health care and are on track to renew their contract for the next three years.
The bargaining unit of GAU, a 4,000-member labor union representing UF’s graduate assistants, and UF came to a tentative agreement on the GatorGradCare health insurance plan May 8, said GAU spokesperson Charles Shields.
Grad students: Will UF suport graduate assistants?
Josh Papacek, Rebecca Pethes, and Charles Shields
April 25, 2017
In a column published April 16, University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, writing alongside Florida State University President John Thrasher, invited readers to “join the cause — make Florida a top national destination to learn, create, work and live.”
Graduate Assistants United, the labor union that represents 4,000 graduate, teaching and research assistants at the University of Florida, eagerly accepts the invitation.