GAU Supports Graduate Student-Parents!
GAU is committed to pursuing policy change to secure access to affordable child care and better Family Medical Leave (FML) policies in our contract.
The current collective bargaining agreement does not have any rights or guarantees regarding child care or paid FML. We believe this needs to change.
There are several key family-related issues that the GAU is fighting for:
Our objective is to secure paid leave for all graduate assistants who want to start a family and to make sure they have adequate access to affordable child care facilities while they are working at the University of Florida.
UF must ensure that GAs with children do not have to choose between their jobs and their families. Many of UF’s peer institutions already provide their graduate students with family medical leave benefits and/or childcare subsidies.
2018 marked the initial meeting of the Child Care Research Committee, which is guaranteed to us in our current contract!
This committee, comprised of GAU, UF admin, and Baby Gator, will discuss ways to increase affordable child care for GAs with children. We encourage you to attend these meetings, share how you’ve been impacted, and contribute thoughts about how better access to child care might be accomplished! Join the Family & Child Care committee email list to attend and receive updates about these meetings.
If you are interested in child care or FML issues, there are two ways to become involved: 1) join our family & childcare committee and work to change policies; 2) email GAU’s Child Care Committee and let us know why these issues are important to GAs as both students and employees.
WUFT News segment by Raymon Troncoso on GAU members & parents Rebecca Pethes and Mike Vincent (ft. GAU Bargaining Chair Bobby Mermer & UF chief negotiator Dr. Bill Connellan) shedding light on graduate student-families at UF!