Executive meeting minutes 4/6/2006-- 6pm @ the Shamrock
I. Call to order
II. Approval of agenda-approved
III. Approval of minutes-tabled until next meeting
IV. Presidents reports
A. Election Results-
Co presidents: Deeb Kitchen, Bret Seferian,
Grievance officer-Christy Edwards
B. Training of new Officers
Todd will need to train Tim on Budget.
Christy needs to train to be the grievance officer
Christy will get in touch with Damion about starting the secretary position.
C. Filling out the rest of the exec committee
The new exec committee will need to fill the following positions before May:
Chief Steward-Todd is interested
International issues chair
Bargaining chair-Victor is interested
D. Summer plans (Organizing, Release-time)
1. Release Time: We will get 3 0.25FTE positions during summer (for A or B).
-Co-presidents have preference for release time positions, as well as the execs.
-You can only do 2 consecutive semesters of release time. You might have to
take an entire year off in between.
-summer A =Bargaining and Summer B =fall organizing.
-Bret, Deeb, and Todd want the release times for the summer
2. Organizing. We will need to start organizing for fall this summer. We may
want to hire someone to help with the project.
3. Bargaining. Victor will be getting married in late may. We should either work
on bargaining before or after that date.
E. Bargaining report
-It appears that Machen is making grad student stipends and benefits a priority
this year. At the board of trustees meeting, he gave a presentation detailing
comparative health care benefits and stipends at peer institutions which
demonstrated that UF is falling way behind. They are going to ask for $750 per
student from the legislature to cover health benefits. Thus it will probably be a
good year to be bargaining.
-Potential Bargaining points: Health, Fees (we need to see about the legality of
this), pay raises, parking, child care. We may be able to open the benefits article
and have multiple parts of benefits to bargain.
-We need the University to Print up more contracts
V. Officer reports
A. Grievance Officer.
Tuition waiver issues: Gerhard still wants the names of people that have not
received their waivers. They also said that they will take a long time to come up
with a list of names that have not received their waivers because they have never
produced such a document. We need to produce several names to give them.
B. Chief Steward/Organizing project-no report
C. Organizing Chair/UFF Senate plans
1. UFF meeting:
We will need to select a new vice president for the bargaining council at the UFF
meeting. This person in the representative for all GAU branches in the UFF
-We need to try to get Steve Weinberger to come to our bargaining sessions
-We need to make sure we secure new member incentives next year fro m the
FEA, obtain money for the statewide organizing project.
-We might also have their lobbists try to help us get the $750 for health insurance.
-We have 19 votes. 7 senators are attending with 12 proxies.
-we will need to start prepping for fall grad student orientation this summer.
-we need to contact departments to be part of their new student orientation. Best
to be right before a break so we can talk to the students.
-We probably want to do training session for organizers before orientation
-we need to be part of the large TA orientation at the beginning of the semester.
We might also be involved in the leadership presentation.
-We need to have the infrastructure in place to do massive office
visits/orientation/organizing for the beginning of the semester to take advantageof
the $30 rebate for each person that we sign up in the first 30 days of the semester.
-We need to have a fall social for right after orientation.
D. International Issues-no report
E. Treasurer-no changes since the general membership meeting
F. Secretary-no report
G. Publications-no report
VI. Old Business--AGEL and CGEU conferences-we will be able to send representatives
VII. New Business
A. GSC, GPSC, SG are in a turf war. It doesn’t really affect us.