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…