12/4/23 UF GAU Weekly Newsletter
12/5 Tuesday - Tabling at Reitz Union 11am-2pm
12/6 Wednesday - Tabling at Reitz Union 11am-2pm
- Tabling on 6th floor of Library West 2:30pm-5:30pm
12/7 Thursday - Tabling at UFGI 11am-2pm
- Organizing Meeting at Civic Media Center and Zoom 5pm-7pm
12/8 Friday - Tabling at the Horticulture Dept 12pm-3pm
- Bargaining Session at Weimer G030 and Zoom 9:30am-11:30am
from Friday, Dec 1st
See YouTube for Full Recording
On healthcare, GAU proposed:
On housing (Article 27), GAU proposed:
Additionally this session, UF provided three counter-proposals to GAU, on Articles 16 (GAU Rights), 23 (Totality of Agreement), and 24 (Severability).
Studio Art Dept Ceasefire Petition
The Graduate Assistants (GAs) in the Studio Art program within the College of the Arts (COTA) have developed and circulated a petition in their department, which has garnered the signatures of a majority of the GAs there. They have requested that Graduate Assistant United (GAU) informs other GAs about their initiative, with the hope that it might inform similar efforts in other departments. You can find the text of the petition here. GAU is willing to promote initiatives by our members. Our sharing of this petition does not imply our official stance on it, however, see below for a related official GAU statement.
Related to this petition: On Thursday Dec 7th at 12pm, JVP and SJP will be holding a press conference at City Hall to raise awareness about a proposed ceasefire resolution and a proposal for the city to divest from companies that profit from Isreali apartheid. This will be during a city commission meeting. At 12:45pm, those attending the press conference are encouraged to enter the meeting an participate in general public comment to make a 1-3 minute statement on the topic. Please see the linked pages for details of the commission meeting agenda and information about making a comment in person, via email, or online comment.
GBM Recap and Election Results
So many of you turned out for our General Body Meeting last Thursday! We heard committee updates, ate amazing food, sat on the floor when we ran out of chairs, and voted on some important matters! :)
We reached 880 members, and got 1,000 cards signed! We need around 800 more cards to go and need to reach ~1,776 by early Febuary!
To help the card campaign: if you are attending end-of-semester or holiday events, let us get you some blank cards! Even taking 15 minutes at an event to gather to get a few GA’s to sign cards makes a huge difference.
We are doing another blitz! This upcoming Thursday we will be having our regular organizing meeting at the Civic Media Center 5-7pm. We will be starting to plan a blitz for early January. The goal is to get our membership numbers up and finish the card campaign. We do not yet have set dates and times but, we do want to get the word out and get an idea of how many people would be willing to lend a hand. GAU needs all the help we can get, if you can join us for a shift or two let us know! HELP NEEDED
Committee Help Needed
Our Healthcare and International committees need your help! Do you have thoughts on how to improve GatorGradCare? Please join our Healthcare Committee by emailing chair Nathan Ardnt, firstname.lastname@example.org. Have concerns about issues affecting international students? Join our international committee by getting on our discord and letting us know!
Connect With Us
Email us: email@example.com
Join our office hours: M 11:30-1:30, T/W/R 8:30-11:30 (12/04-12/08)
Find us at a tabling event: Tues/Wed Reitz 11-2pm, Wed Library West (Grad Floor) 2:30pm-5:30pm, Thurs Genetics and Cancer Institute 11am-2pm, Fri Horticulture 12pm-3pm
Collective bargaining is the process by which labor unions negotiate with employers to reach a contract on terms of employment, including salary, health care, benefits, and workplace safety. Each year, GAU bargains with UF over such terms.