United We Bargain, Divided We Beg: Bargaining Session III
On Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30-5:00 in SVC 2070, the University and USF Graduate Assistants United will continue negotiations for the 2014-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
What’s at stake this year?
- Family Medical Leave: Right now GA’s only have 5 days of medical leave. That’s no way to treat hard-working GA’s.
- Fees: University fees levied on graduate assistants are too high. On average, fees comprise nearly 12% of a GA’s modest take-home pay, and every year they get more and more expensive. Enough is enough.
- Cost of Living: The current standard of living for GA’s is unacceptable. We’ll be discussing proposals to make graduate school better than mere survival.
- And more
What can I do to help?
- Come to the bargaining session! Sit with us at the table as we discuss our proposals with the administration.
- Ask two of your colleagues to come with you to the bargaining session, even if they aren’t a member. Not a single voice should be left out of this process!
Bargaining began on June 20th, and the administration has continually rejected proposals to consider wage increases and fee waivers, despite a windfall budget year and approved faculty raises. Graduate students generate revenue and goodwill for the university, and the university should provide fair compensation in return.
The only way we will heard is if we join our voices together. Show your support by showing up and showing the administration that you care about your contract and your compensation.
Join us and stand alongside your colleagues on Wednesday, November 19th at 3:30p in SVC2070. All you have to do is come to show where you stand.