Florida State University graduate assistants are negotiating for more generous benefits. The effort comes after the administration cut healthcare coverage for the children and spouses of grad assistants.
University graduate assistants are both students and teachers and that makes compensating them complicated. Adela Ghadimi heads the graduate assistants union at Florida State University and says her colleagues should be compensated as employees.
“We teach 30% percent of all the academic credits the university is offering. We work on the research grants and research projects that the faculty work with, in the labs and things like that that are all happening,” Ghadimi said. “None of this would be possible without the graduate assistants on campus.”