Graduate School Dean Walks Out from a Meeting and Calls Police on Graduate Workers

UW-Madison administrators left a meeting with TAA members and called the police to remove them from the meeting room after reaffirming the university’s stance to deny graduate workers basic workplace rights. Police officers arrived 30 minutes after the meeting started and issued a warning of arrest. The meeting was proposed by Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean…

Graduate Workers Occupy UW Administration Building to Demand Fair Workplace Policies

More than 400 graduate workers and allies gathered at Bascom Hall on April 5. This action is to demand from university administrators a living wage, full fee relief, quality policies, and a role in decision-making that affects graduate employees. Participants included teaching assistants, research assistants, project assistants, lecturers, professional students, and other graduate workers from…

March 30 Political Education Committee Update: Canvassing

On Saturday, March 30, TAA members spent time talking to graduate workers about improving our living and working conditions, which means turning out to vote for Satya Rhodes-Conway, Ali Muldrow, and Ananda Mirilli on April 2nd, and attending the TAA Sit-in on April 5th demanding fair pay, full fee relief, and quality policies! If you didn’t…

Press Release: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy

PRESS RELEASE: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy Event info: Friday, April 5, 10 am — 1 pm 500 Lincoln Drive Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Graduate workers will occupy the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s administration building on April 5th. This…

We Wear Buttons on Wednesdays

Graduate workers and their allies have been wearing buttons on Wednesdays in the past month to demand relief of mandatory fees. They have also been gathering at Bascom Hall to talk about how those fees negatively affect the university’s working, educational, and research conditions. By charging its graduate workers thousands in immoral fees and denying…

Mandatory Fees Cause Graduate Workers Hardship

Mandatory Fees Cause Graduate Workers Hardship Graduate workers pay more than a thousand dollars a year for mandatory fees so that they can work at UW-Madison. For a typical graduate appointment, this is ten percent of their wage paid back to the university. Many graduate workers experience food or housing insecurity because of the fees…