GAPP Update: Dec 6th

On Dec 6th the GAPP Committee worked on sections E -H  of Section 1 and began discussion of Grievance Steps of Section 2. In this meeting, the TAA proposed changing the 30 day window (in Article 4, Section 1F) to file a grievance to 120 days, the approximate length of a semester. This would allow…

GAPP Update: Nov 8th Meeting

At the November 8 GAPP committee meeting, we reviewed the language in Section 1 of the grievance procedure with administrators. Graduate assistants have several rights and freedoms when filing a grievance including the right to representation and the freedom from retaliation. Yet, we know that many GAs hesitate before voicing workplace concerns because they fear…

GAPP Update: Nov 1st Meeting

Members of the TAA bargaining team met again with UW administration to discuss the grievance procedure for graduate workers, which will be adopted into the Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures handbook. During the meeting, the TAA emphasized the importance of creating a policy that is clear, accessible, accommodating, and helpful to graduate workers facing grievable…

GAPP Update: October 8th meeting

On October 8th, members of the TAA bargaining team met with members of UW administration to discuss converting the grievance procedure in our collectively bargained contract into university policy. Members of the TAA bargaining team reiterated their commitment to creating a policy that is clear, accessible and comprehensive in its protection of graduate workers. In…

Feb 27th GAPP Meeting

GAPP Meeting Tuesday  Feb 27th | 9 am -10:30 am | Bascom Hall Rm 334 There are only three GAPP meetings remaining this semester. Join our graduate reps next Tuesday as the committee discusses the first half of our tentative labor policies. If you are seeing this email, we want you to attend! Attendance can mean anything from…

Jan 29th GAPP Meeting

GAPP Meeting 10 am -11:30 am | Bascom Hall, Room 334   First GAPP Meeting of the Semester: Monday Mon, Jan 29 | 10 – 11:30a | Bascom Hall, Room 334 The work for establishing graduate assistant policies is not done yet! Over the last semester, members of the TAA sat across the table from UW administration and…

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…