TAA Endorsements – Spring General Election 2017

  TAA Endorsements! After the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election, the Political Education Committee sent out questionnaires to candidates in all contested races on Madison ballots. Based on the responses, membership approved a list of candidates for TAA endorsement at Tuesday’s general membership meeting. The TAA encourages members, when possible, to participate in local GOTV efforts in support of…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

Vote on Dues Change

At the March 30, 2011 membership meeting, members approved a dramatically reduced budget for the upcoming year. Accordingly, membership also voted to approve a change to the dues structure that would be set dues for members at per capita dues rate + $10. We are forced to make this change to the dues structure we…

Teach-out Tuesday

For Immediate Release Feb. 20, 2011 Membership of the Teaching Assistants’ Association voted today to call for another “teach-out” on Tuesday, to protest the reconvening of the State Assembly and Governor Scott Walker’s planned statement about his budget. The Assembly is expected to pass the union-busting budget repair bill, even as tens of thousands of…

Why the university can't guarantee tuition remission

For Immediate Release February 19, 2011 We appreciate the work the university administration is doing to update students on the budget situation. We at the Teaching Assistants’ Association would like to correct some misrepresentations in those updates. Tuition remission is the most important recruitment tool the university has. It is the process by which the…

Local Business Supporters

The Teaching Assistants’ Association and the Labor Movement in general would like to thank the following local businesses who have donated food and supplies to the sit in/sleep in at the Capitol. Please remember their support and patronize these businesses: Capital Centre Market Cargo Coffee Community Pharmacy Fromagination Ian’s Pizza Just Coffee Marigold Kitchen Mermaid…

Budget Repair Bill Talking Points

* It’s about rights, not money: Government Walker’s new proposal to overhaul collective bargaining misses the mark on solving Wisconsin’s budget problems. The right to negotiate both wages and benefits through a union is a fundamental underpinning of the middle class. When workers, in either the private or public sector, join together in unions, it…

Governor Walker misrepresents his own bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Alex Hanna, 765-404-6996 Kevin Gibbons, 813-466-0952 Governor Scott Walker’s contention that his budget repair bill is about balancing the budget, and that concessions demanded from state workers are “modest,” is blatantly untrue. We demand that he represent the bill as what it is – a stripping of our collective bargaining rights.…

TAA's Letter to Chancellor Martin

Dear Chancellor Martin: The Teaching Assistants’ Association requests that you cancel classes and all nonessential university activity on Friday, February 18 in order to stand in solidarity with striking public employees across the state. The members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community should show full, unconditional support of the workers whose rights are threatened by…

Many School of Journalism profs offer support

A letter of support from most of the professors at the top-ranked School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. February 16, 2011 To the Governor and Legislature: We, the undersigned faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, oppose the cuts to state employee benefits now being pushed through the…

Two thousand students walk out, fill State Street

For immediate release Contact: Alex Hanna, 765-404-6996 Kevin Gibbons, 813-466-0952 Hundreds of students, chanting “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” filled State Street at 10 a.m. They marched to the Capitol for the beginning of the Senate session that will consider the union-busting budget repair bill at 11 a.m.…

Let's stop activity on campus tomorrow

The Teaching Assistants’ Association is strongly calling for a “teach out” tomorrow. This means we’re calling for all activity to cease on campus in response to the threat that the Budget Repair Bill poses to graduate employees, the university community, and workers across the state. We are not calling for the cancelling of classes, since…

Chancellor Martin supports us

For Immediate Release Contact: Alex Hanna, 765-404-6996 Kevin Gibbons, 813-466-0952 The Teaching Assistants’ Association is thrilled that Chancellor Biddy Martin is calling for the vote on the so called Budget Repair Bill to be delayed, “in the strongest possible terms.” She goes on to say “Before curtailing collective bargaining rights that have been in place…

Republicans close hearing, Dems continue to listen

Slightly after 3 a.m., Chairman Robin Vos (R – 63) brought the Joint Finance Committee’s public hearing on the budget repair bill to an end. The Republican co-chairs suggested that the hearing might resume tomorrow at noon. The committee’s Democratic senators were joined by other democratic representatives and the group of seven legislators proceeded to…

Sit-in at the Capitol

Two-hundred people on the fourth floor of the Capitol are refusing to leave until their voices are heard. We are demanding that the Joint Finance Committee serve democracy by hearing everyone who wants speak before voting on whether to pass the inflammatory anti-union bill on to the state Senate.The committee told citizens at 9:10 p.m.…

Madison schools close in support

We’re blown away by the support from the school district. Madison schools will close Wednesday due to ‘excessive staff absences’ Madison school district officials have canceled school Wednesday. “Due to substantial concerns of excessive staff absences, the Madison School District is forced to close all of our schools to students on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,”…

Packers on our side!

This means we win, right? STATEMENT BY CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE SUPERBOWL CHAMPION GREEN BAY PACKERS ON GOVERNOR WALKER’S ATTACKS ON PUBLIC WORKERS We know that it is team work on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great.  As a publicly owned team we wouldn’t have been able to…

Democracy in peril

For Immediate Release February 15, 2011 For more information: Peter Rickman, 920-284-4710 Joint Finance Committee is Cutting Off Speakers on Budget Repair Bill Citizens of Wisconsin are demanding the right to have their voice heard in the Joint Finance committee hearing on SB-11 Members of the Joint Finance Committee need to do their jobs and…

Capitol is abuzz

More than 5,000 people are cramming the Capitol to voice their opposition to this bill. TAA members, we need you here! Come protest, and stay to speak at the hearing. We especially need you to come tonight, after the busloads of people from around the state are gone. Doors of the Capitol will be open…

Biddy Martin's response misses the mark

For immediate release Contact: Kevin Gibbons 813-466-0952 kevinmgibbons@gmail.com Alex Hanna 765-404-6996 alex.hanna@gmail.com The Teaching Assistant Association (TAA) calls on Chancellor Biddy Martin to take a strong stance in opposition to Governor Walker’s budget repair bill. Her response to the bill to this point has been anything but. In this time of crisis at the University…

UW Students deliver Valentines to Walker

Press Advisory February 14, 2011 For Immediate Release For further information, contact: Kyle Vandenlangenberg 920-562-4522 – kyle.m.van@gmail.com Peter Rickman 920.284.4710 – rickman.peter@gmail.com More than 1000 members of the UW community and supporters deliver Valentines to Governor Walker at Capitol in show of support for the university and union workers Madison, WI — On February 14,…

Coverage of Today's Event

We had great turnout for today’s rally and valentine-delivery at the Capitol. Check out the coverage: Dane101 – Shaking the Statehouse (Video) State Journal – Hundreds of UW Students March on Gov’s Office Channel3000.com – UW Students March On Governor’s Office State Journal – Student rally at Capitol (video) The Daily Page (Isthmus) – Photos…

TAA Under Attack; Stand Up, Fight Back!

YOUR TUITION REMISSION, HEALTH CARE, WAGES, AND UNION ARE ALL UNDER ATTACK. IT IS URGENT AND IMPERATIVE THAT YOU GET ACTIVE AND INVOLVED IN THE TAA NOW. Governor Scott Walker has launched a direct attack on graduate employees at the UW-Madison. As of March 13, our contract will be terminated. Our tuition remission, health care,…

Under Attack (Day 1)

Dear Members, We have been getting in a LOT of troubling information today. Governor Walker is proposing sweeping, extremist attacks on employee rights and compensation that WILL be voted upon within a week. He is putting these changes forward in a budget repair bill that he will release tomorrow (Friday) at 10am. Here are the…

EMERGENCY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Monday, December 20, 5:30 PM Inn Wisconsin Room, Memorial Union Our Executive Board has called an Emergency General Membership Meeting. Here’s why: What Happened? If you haven’t heard, the Wisconsin State Senate rejected our contract on Wednesday, December 15. This move was unprecedented and has politicized the process of approving state employee contracts. They did…

VOTE NOW: Contract Ratification

At the November 18 General Membership Meeting, the membership voted on a number of items, including to oppose and organize against Chancellor Martin’s Badger Partnership plan and to stand behind the Student Labor Action Coalition’s and AFSCME 171’s fight against privatization and the unprecedented use of non-union labor at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.

Membership also voted to endorse the contract settled between our bargaining team and the state. Members voted to send the tentative agreement to a full vote of our membership so that if the Legislature convened a special session, we could fully implement a new collective bargaining agreement. The contract includes some gains in language although on “economic” issues we largely did not make gains.

First General Membership Meeting!

UPDATE: Meeting is at 5:30 PM, schmoozing commences at 5 PM. The first General Membership Meeting (GMM) of the year is next Monday, September 20 at 5:30 PM in the Pres House (above Subway, on the Library Mall).  At this meeting we will ask members to choose between some strategy options for bargaining. Whether you…

Welcome Back

Welcome back grad student workers!  Another semester of classes, teaching, and research is just around the corner.  We here at the TAA have been busy all summer preparing a lot of great campaigns for the upcoming year.  We’re in the middle of bargaining a new contract with the State of Wisconsin and UW administration, members…

New Website!

The TAA is proud to unveil its new website! It’s chock full of new information and features.  At the right you’ll notice we have embedded a calendar of our events, as well as our goings-on on Facebook and Twitter.  We also hope that the information that you’ve come to the website for is more accessible.…

AGEL Parties

The grad labor movement has always kept the “social” in labor as a social movement. With the TAA hosting all of the AFT-affiliated locals in the grad labor movement here this week for a conference, we’re going to have a couple of parties for folks to attend that fit with AGEL traditions: a Welcome Party…

Organizing Day (Part of TAA-Hosted AGEL)

In conjunction with the TAA hosting the 2010 spring conference of the Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL), we are putting together an organizing day of action on Thursday. As the grad unionists from around the country come pouring into Madison, we will hold an organizing action to get TAA members and other grad unionists…

TAA-Hosted AGEL Schedule

Here’s where you’ll find a copy of the schedule for the 2010 spring conference of the Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL), which the TAA is hosting this Thursday through Saturday. If you’re planning on attending sessions or workshops, please let us know at taa@taa-madison.org. Thursday [Organizing Day — Meet at TAA Office]12:30 PM –…

Hosting the Spring 2010 AGEL Conference

On May 21-23, the TAA will be hosting on campus the 2010 conference of the Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL). AGEL is the grouping of all the AFT-affiliated grad student worker union locals, like the TAA, from all around the country. At the conference, we will have workshops, plenary discussions and presentations, and education…

Vote Now: No New Seg Fees!

Fellow Grad Student Workers: Today is the day and now is the time to vote No New Seg Fees! Segregated fees are already over $1,000 per year. The seg fee increase referendum would hike them another 10%. Click here to go to the ASM website, on which you can cast your vote against the seg…

No New Seg Fees Campaign Activity

This week as well as over Spring Break, we have a lot going on with our No New Seg Fees! campaign. Now is the time for you to plug in to help us keep building this campaign to be successful come April 12-14. When we win, we’ll not only stop an increase in our seg…

Contract Up on Our Website, To Be Distributed

After some delay, we now have in our hands the “official” contract that covers TAA-represented grad student workers. We have posted it on our website for everyone. Soon enough (eventually), the UW administration will distribute printed versions of the contract to the various departments throughout the university. But in the meantime, feel free to refer…

No New Seg Fees! Online Petition

As part of our No New Seg Fees! campaign, we are circulating a petition among UW students. The idea behind the petition is to identify students who will pledge to vote “NO” on the seg fee increase referendum on April 12-14. We are circulating the petition through a variety of channels. When we are out…