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.…

TAA Secures Important Victories During GAPP Meeting: September Update

The TAA had some important victories during the fifth Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) meeting.  The GAPP committee is comprised of university administration and the TAA, and is  responsible for creating the procedures and policies that will govern the working environments of  teaching assistants, project assistants and research assistants on campus.   At the…

GAPP Meeting Update: August

Graduate worker representatives met with university administration last week during the fourth meeting of the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee, the group tasked with overseeing the transition of our 2009 contract into a handbook. Committee members made significant progress on reviewing the details of the contract; throughout most of the meeting, the administration…

Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures Update: July 2017

The Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee met for the second time last Tuesday. During this meeting, the committee began to go through the 2009 contract, section by section, to create a set of policies and procedures for all graduate workers. The crux of this meeting centered on the administration’s desire to deal only…

Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures Update: June 2017

Thank you to the graduate workers who attended the first Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee meeting last week! With this demonstrated interest, the graduate representatives on the committee were successful in securing that future meetings will be open to a large number of observers and that these observers can participate in the discussions.…

Graduate Policy and Procedures Update Bulletin: TAA Wins Inclusion in Contract-to-Handbook Transition

TAA Achieves Four Committee Positions After Year-Long Effort The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) has recorded several victories in its year-long effort working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison administration on the process of converting the graduate student worker contract into a policies and procedures document. The TAA has pushed the university to be more transparent in…

UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Stands in Solidarity with University of Puerto Rico Student Movement in Fight Against Proposed Budget Cuts

MADISON, Wis. (May 1, 2017): In response to massive proposed budget cuts at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) passed a solidarity resolution supporting the ongoing student strike at UPR. The strike began April 5 to protest the historic budget cuts facing the 11-campus, 70,000-student university. Now nearing one month,…

TAA Hosts Pay Restructuring Teach-In for Graduate Students

NEW: Video from the Teach-In panel discussion: The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), the labor union representing the graduate student workers of the University of Wisconsin, recently hosted a teach-in to discuss the changes to graduate assistant pay set to be implemented in July 2017. The teach-in featured a panel, consisting of Cynthia Burnson, academic staff,…