GAPP Committee Meetings Extended to End of Semester

Feedback from two public forums drove the latest Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee meeting, resulting in a move toward greater transparency and accountability on the part of the university administration.   The two forums, held in late October, attracted graduate students, department administrators, and others from across campus. The meetings provided an overview…

Public GAPP Forums: Oct 25th and 27th

The TAA has been meeting with administration over the last year to develop recommendations for a new Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Handbook, to replace our 2009 Contract. We have not reached consensus on graduate worker policies and procedures, including: Health benefits, including domestic partner and transgender health Family leave plan and sick days…

Lack of Transparency Hinders Discussion at Eighth GAPP Meeting

On Monday, representatives from the TAA and University of Wisconsin-Madison administration convened for the eighth Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) committee meeting. Tt quickly became clear that there was a fundamental disagreement between the TAA  representatives and the administration as to which issues were and were not resolved. This discord underlined a fundamental lack…

TAA Sanctuary Resolution

University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) Sanctuary Union Resolution WHEREAS the TAA stands in solidarity with all workers, particularly the most vulnerable among us; and WHEREAS the TAA represents all UW–Madison graduate students and is committed to fighting for economic and racial justice for UW–Madison graduate students, both in the workplace and beyond; and…

The UW Worker Bill of Rights

THE UW WORKER BILL OF RIGHTS: STANDARDS FOR THE WORKERS WHO MAKE PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION WORK IN WISCONSIN Drafted by the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin Higher Education Council Preamble The Constitution of the State of Wisconsin provides for “the establishment of a state university at or near the seat of state government, and for connecting…

Graduates pack 7th GAPP meeting asking for benefits.

Graduate assistants from across campus packed this week’s Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures (GAPP) meeting, which focused primarily on benefits. In light of the state legislature’s decision to remove domestic partner benefits from state group health plans, nearly 30 graduate students offered testimony on how the change in benefits affects them, and put pressure on…

TAA, Administration Move Forward on Converting Contract to Handbook

The Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures (GAPP) committee made substantial progress during its last meeting regarding the work environment for graduate student workers on campus. Specifically, TAA representatives and the administration discussed records requests, details relating to the work environment, and personnel files, with the administration taking many of its cues from the TAA’s suggestions.…

Campus Antifascist Network

From http://campusantifascistnetwork.com/: “Fascists have used “free speech” as a façade for attacking faculty who have stood in solidarity with students against the threat that these organizations and individuals pose, and as an excuse to march and organize around slogans drawn directly from “blood and soil” rhetoric of Nazi Germany. White supremacists like Richard Spencer have…

Harvard Solidarity Petition

Dear President of Harvard University, We call upon you not to appeal the NLRB Regional Director’s July 7th order for a fair election. The Regional Director held that the omission of hundreds of voters from the voter list requires a new election with a complete and accurate list. The decision to appeal this ruling not…