Why Join GAU? Because there is strength in numbers! GAU works hard to get you yearly raises, end fees, improve health insurance and childcare, and everything else. But at the end of the day, we’re only as strong as our membership is! When you join GAU, you send a message to UF administration that you care about these issues and others that affect your working conditions. If we have all 4,000 GAs at UF behind us, they’ll listen! All of our major victories, such as getting full tuition waivers, free health insurance, and fee deferrals, coincide with periods in time where we have high membership.
As with any labor union or professional organization, membership in GAU entails dues. All GAs benefit from the contract in that all GAs receive full tuition waivers, free health insurance, and all the rest, whether they are GAU members or not. But by becoming a dues-paying member, you contribute your fair share to the work that GAU does on your and your colleagues’ behalf, and you invest in improving those rights and benefits for yourself and future generations of GAs.
Membership in GAU also entails membership in the United Faculty of Florida (UFF), which is affiliated with the Florida Education Association (FEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). These other organizations advocate on behalf of organized labor and public education at the state and national level, fight lawsuits that UF-GAU does not have the resources to fight on its own, and provide various other means of legal support, liability insurance, and so forth. They also provide professional training in union work such as collective bargaining and filing grievances. This access to professional support is critical to our long-term viability!
What do we get with strong membership?
Graduate Assistants United at the University of Florida Your Union! Your Voice!