Student Early Voting – 2016

The TAA’s Political Education Committee has put together a helpful guide to early voting for students in Wisconsin: Registration Students can register to vote at the polls the same day as they vote. In order to register to vote, students need to have a proof of address and either a WI ID or their SSN (info…

Presidential Debate Viewing Parties

Come join your fellow TAA members and watch the presidential debates at Argus Bar. Hosted by the Political Education Committee, the first drink for any TAA member is free! Debate Viewing Party I: Monday, September 26 at 7 PM Argus Bar 123 E. Main St. For more information, check out the event page.   Debate Viewing…

TAA Endorses BDS Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison Union of Graduate Student Workers (TAA) Endorses BDS Movement Madison, WI (May 19, 2016): Members of the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison vote overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to divest from the State of Israel and corporations that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine. During a two-week vote distributed…

Sign the petition to rescind new International Student Fees!

The TAA International Student Caucus has been hard at work in pushing back against administration’s arbitrary international student fee, introduced just this summer. They’ve created a petition calling on UW-Madison administrators to rescind this fee and respect the important contributions all international students make on this campus and in the community. Please sign the petition…

UW-Madison delays changes to teaching pay for grad students

The Wisconsin Gazette reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: Concerned about the effect the new proposal will have on departments across campus, Brooks said, “When the administration pushes through policy changes like this, without graduate student input, it marginalizes traditional, non-grant based departments, but most importantly, it impinges on the world-class education…

TAA Wins Delay of Radical Restructuring of Graduate Worker Pay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Forces Delay of Radical Restructuring of Graduate Student Pay Madison, WI (November 24, 2015): After several weeks of advocacy work by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), university administration has agreed to delay implementation of a plan to radically restructure graduate student pay on campus. The…

TAA News

Wort Labor Radio reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: What in effect it does is increases disparity amongst graduate student employees by privileging those departments who happen to have those types of money to pay their graduate students more and sort of leaving the other graduate workers in the dust. Listen to more at…

UW-Madison to Radically Restructure Graduate Student Pay; Graduate Students Not Consulted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison to Radically Restructure Graduate Student Pay; Graduate Students Not Consulted Madison, WI (November 12, 2015): On Wednesday, November 18, at noon in front of Bascom Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) will hold a rally to demand that administration abandon a proposal to radically…

A message to UC Student-Workers Union – UAW 2865

The Teaching Assistants’ Association of UW-Madison — AFT 3220 proudly supports the University of California Student-Workers Union — UAW 2865 in their statewide strike to be held on April 2nd and 3rd. UAW 2865 is striking over several charges of unfair labor practices by the administrations of UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz…

Wed 3/12: Come to the Grad Student Diversity Forum/Engagement Session

The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) and the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) will co-host a Graduate Student Diversity Forum and Engagement Session next Wednesday, March 12, 5:30-7 at Memorial Union (TITU). Snacks will be provided to participants. The goals of the event are: to engage graduate students in discussions regarding course and campus-work issues they face or are concerned about related…

A Response to Chancellor Blank from the TAA

“Students received an email today suggesting that Athletics should pay for more of this project because students supported Athletic Department finances back in the 1990s. It’s my view this is a little like asking the Physics Department to pay for improvements in Chemistry, just because they both study science. Rec Sports facilities are designed for…

Tell UW Athletics: Carry the Weight!

At our general membership meeting on February 11, the membership voted to adopt an amended version of the Executive Board’s recommended policy toward the Rec Sports Master Plan. Here is the full policy as amended and passed by the membership. Members amended the resolution to make it clear that the TAA opposes in general the practice of raising segregated…

In case you haven't heard, we got a raise!

TAA members worked tirelessly this past year on the Pay Us Back! Campaign. We mobilized members for actions like the petition to administration and the Grade In for the Grader Good, and we worked with faculty to get department resolutions of support. And it PAID OFF! TAs and PAs WON A 4.67% RAISE! This increase…

Cut the Contract AND Drop the Charges!

Chancellor Ward still refuses to cut the contract with Palermo’s Pizza, which is in violation of UW’s Labor Code of Conduct, but when students peacefully occupied his office in protest, he had them arrested. They are now being charged with several counts of non-academic misconduct. This is a double standard, selective enforcement of rules at…

TAA members are Fighting Forward!

Fighting Forward 2013: A Labor and Working Class Summit June 12-15, Madison College Downtown Campus, Madison, WI A Working Class Studies Association national conference, hosted by the Labor and Working Class Studies Project The Fighting Forward conference brings together labor leaders, researchers, and community activists from all over the country every year. The conference is…

Student Occupation of UW-Madison Chancellor’s Office Ends in 12 Arrests

In wake of sit-in, demands for Ward to ties with Palermo’s Pizza grow louder Contacts: Claire Hintz, clairehintz@gmail.com, 651-955-8370 Maxwell John Love, maxwelllove@gmail.com, 724-557-6269 At 2:15pm today, 12 students entered Chancellor Ward’s office to protest his refusal to uphold UW-Madison’s code of conduct for companies that produce goods using UW logos. The students were demanding…

Pay Us Back!

Send an email to Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell  demanding a raise for graduate employees It’s not just you. Grad employee earnings are getting tougher and tougher to survive on. Between the ever-climbing seg fees, our growing health care contributions, and our stagnant wages, grad students at UW Madison have LOST money — to the tune…

A Strong UW is a Strong Wisconsin!

TAA, UFAS Join K-12 Teachers to Defend Public Education Two years after the historic Wisconsin Uprising began grad student workers, union faculty, academic staff, teachers, and students will march from the UW-Madison campus to the Wisconsin State Capitol to hold a vigil in protest of the ongoing attack on public education and workers’ rights. The…

The TAA Stands with Michigan Workers

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) stands in solidarity with our union sisters and brothers in the University of Michigan Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), the Michigan State University Graduate Employees Union (GEU), the Graduate Employees’ Organizing Committee at Wayne State University (GEOC), the Teaching Assistants Union at Western Michigan University (TAU), and the…

SLAC, TAA Urge UW-Madison to Cut Ties With Palermo's

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the Palermo’s Pizza workers’ strike, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association and the Student Labor Action Coalition released a joint resolution calling for the university to cut all ties with Palermo’s.

 

Public Schools in Race to Bottom

With Chicago public school teachers on strike, there are 350,000 students out of class, causing critics to question educators’ commitment to the children they are supposed to serve. But long before the strike, Chicago’s schoolchildren, like their peers across the nation and around the world, have felt the brunt of education policy that demands that…

Open Letter to Mr. Lavigna

Some brief context for this letter: The TAA membership voted to approve a document outlining the concerns over the HR Redesign. These concerns are shared by other campus unions and some parts of the faculty.  The Director of Human Resources, Robert Lavigna, wrote a letter to Bryan Kennedy, the president of our state federation, AFT-Wisconsin,…

TAA Calls for Continued Solidarity and Action Among Students, Faculty, Workers, and Community in the Wake of the Recall Election

The UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the thousands of individuals who galvanized the Wisconsin Uprising and made this unprecedented grassroots effort a priority in their lives over the past sixteen months. The Wisconsin Uprising is not about one election. We will remember February in Madison as an icon for…

TAA Next Steps Resolution

The Next Steps for the TAA Statement endorsed by the TAA membership on May 17, 2012 Actions by both Republicans — via the Walker Administration — and Democratic Senators Russ Decker and Jeff Plale –via the December 2010 rejection of statewide union contracts — eviscerated the rights of public sector workers across the state. Actions…

GOTV Recall Election TAA Phone Banking

The Teaching Assistant Association has set up a phone banking operation at the TAA office. in order to get out the vote among members in the final days before June 5 recall election. Saturday, May 26 from 3:00-6:00pm Wednesday, May 30 from 5:00-8:00pm Saturday, June 2 from 3:00-6:00pm Come by the TAA office to make…

Letter to Walker: Initiate Bargaining Immediately

Following the March 30, 2012, federal court ruling striking down parts of Wisconsin Act 10, ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions from collecting dues and cannot require they recertify annually, the TAA joined other American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin locals in demanding that Gov. Walker initiate bargaining immediately. Below is the letter sent…

Faith and Labor Leaders Join Together to Call on Walker to Restore Collective Bargaining Rights and Funding for Education

A year ago the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) organized a “I ♥ UW” rally on February 14, 2011, touching off a series of historic protests in defense of collective bargaining rights and respect for the democratic process in this state. This year on Tuesday, February 14 the faith community, Madison teachers and the TAA will…

TAA Stewards Endorse Nov 2nd Oakland General Strike

October 31, 2011 Occupy Oakland: We, the Stewards’ Council of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, stand alongside you in your valiant efforts to restore democracy to the 99%. Furthermore, we support you and your allies in your general strike scheduled for November 2. We and people the world over…

TAA to Accept Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award in Washington, D.C. on Behalf of the Wisconsin Progressive Movement

The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), along with Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), will accept the Domestic Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Wisconsin Progressive Movement on Wednesday, October 12th in at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes the courageous actions of the more than 100,000 Wisconsinites who took to the…

TAA Condemns Conservative Think Tank Attack on Diversity at UW-Madison

Joining with other campus organizations, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) condemns the Center for Equal Opportunity’s attack on what they falsely claim to represent—equal opportunities for all students. The TAA strongly supports the diversity efforts of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its holistic admission policies. TAA members will be joining with other campus groups at…

Support Diversity at UW-Madison

The conservative Center for Equal Opportunity alleged yesterday that UW-Madison admissions policies are biased against White and Asian students. In a Capital Times article, Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of education policy studies and sociology has noted inconsistencies in the data: She notes that figures available on the UW-Madison website show that “in 2007 and 2008,…

TAA Members Reject Governor Walker's Recertification Vote, Vow to Continue Fight to Restore Collective Bargaining Rights in State

Graduate assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voted Thursday to not seek recertification for their labor union, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), given the effective curtailment of collective bargaining rights under Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting legislation that went into effect in June. “No law, including one that grants an organization to the right to collectively…

Wisconsin and Egypt: A tale of two uprisings

TAA co-president Alex Hanna is currently conducting fieldwork in Egypt. He recently blogged about the experience for the Isthmus’ Daily Page: The comparison between Cairo and Madison has been made on more than one occasion, by high-profile figures from state Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) to Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin. It’s overwrought and problematic on…

A De Facto Union

TAA co-president Adrienne Pagac was quoted in a recent article in The American Prospect about union organizing after Wisconsin Act 10 stripped us of the majority of our collective bargaining rights: Adrienne Pagac, co-president of the 3,000-member Teaching Assistants Association, expects her union’s membership will make a decision at a meeting July 27. One member…

Volunteer for the Recall Efforts this Week

Wisconsin is in the mist of a historic effort to recall Republican State Senators who voted to strip us of our collective bargaining rights. There will be primaries for Democratic challengers in six districts next Tuesday, July 12th. The TAA is hosting a phone-bank to potential voters and volunteers for the upcoming recall elections. There…

Martin wasn't forced out, Reilly says

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin was not forced out of UW, despite being embroiled in a high-profile battle for flexibility in the face of state funding cuts, according to UW System President Kevin Reilly. Martin, who led an unsuccessful effort to split UW-Madison from the rest of the UW System, announced Tuesday she…

Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) Statement on Chancellor Martin Leaving UW-Madison

The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) has had a productive relationship with Chancellor Biddy Martin during her tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison though we disagreed with her vision for public education and the structure of the University. “Chancellor Martin has shown great leadership on this campus although her proposal for public authority status would have…

Extraordinary Session Silences Debate on Budget and Collective Bargaining Rights

The people of Wisconsin are back in the streets today, rallying against the Walker agenda to kill collective bargaining in Wisconsin by sneaking a provision to do so into an already devastating budget proposal. “Walker is giving fat tax breaks to corporations and big businesses while attacking social services, accessible healthcare, affordable public education, including nearly…

Judge allows Republican Wis. recalls

We Are Wisconsin and other pro-union groups have filed a permit with the city to camp out on parts of Capitol Square from Saturday through June 20 during the Legislature’s budget session. A meeting was set Friday to work out details, the Journal Sentinel reports. The activists say their “Walkerville” will host speakers, musical performances…

The Truth About the Proposed NBP: LFB Weighs In

The New Badger Partnership is — reportedly– dead. In the meantime, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau has just released its analysis of what Public Authority would look like if the NBP were passed. The report is quite interesting, and in particular I think the following points are worth highlighting: (1) Despite the Chancellor’s claims that what…

UW System’s future unsure

During the debate, which was hosted by the Teaching Assistants’ Association, Chancellor Biddy Martin debated with UW System and United Council representatives to advocate the New Badger Partnership, saying the proposal would serve to preserve the campus’s status as an internationally dominant research university rather than damage the other system campuses. Opponents of the plan…

Martin, TAA debate NBP

The Teaching Assistant Association and United Council invited Chancellor Biddy Martin and 10 other University of Wisconsin affiliates to debate the controversial New Badger Partnership with them Tuesday. The TAA and UC denounced support of the NBP, including the proposal’s recent endorsements from the Wisconsin Business Council and UW-Madison’s Faculty Senate. Members of the TAA,…

Defend Wisconsin Fund Request for Proposals

Teaching Assistants’ Association Defend Wisconsin Fund Request for Proposals August 2011 **Note: The final Defend Wisconsin proposal deadline has been changed from August 31st to September 15th.** Statement The occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol revitalized the Wisconsin labor movement and inspired citizens from around the state to loudly protest the attacks on public sector…

Selkowe Campaign: Receives first union endorsement in race for 48th Assembly District

American Federation of Teachers Local 3220 (Teaching Assistants’ Association) Endorses Selkowe MADISON – Today, community leader Vicky Selkowe received the first union endorsement in the campaign to replace Joe Parisi as the State Representative in the 48th Assembly District. Parisi resigned from the Assembly on April 14, 2011 after his landslide election as Dane County…

UW System split battle wearing on Biddy

UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin looked out at the room of faculty and explained once again why she wants to break the state’s flagship university away from the University of Wisconsin System. But this time, she went off script. “If you feel like you can’t get behind this, you just need to let me know,” she…

TAA Resolution to Oppose the Pridemore Bill and attacks on immigrant rights in Wisconsin

Whereas, State Representative Pridemore has stated his intent to introduce an anti-immigrant bill in Wisconsin that, following the lead of Arizona’s SB1070, would legalize racial profiling by requiring law enforcement to question individuals they have “reasonable suspicion” of being undocumented about their immigration status when in the process of carrying out routine policing duties; and…