Volunteer Night (and Day) This Week

As noted last week, we are reviving an old TAA tradition by bringing back Volunteer Night. These events are a combination social gathering of grad student workers and union activism. The premise is simple: get TAA members together to have a little fun and hang out while working on some union projects that we can…

UMass Postdocs Unionize

Another victory for the academic labor movement occurred this week in Massachusetts. At the three campuses of UMass, including the flagship research institution at Amherst, postdoctoral researchers won union recognition. Teaching, research, and graduate assistants at UMass unionized years ago. Postdocs add a few hundred more academic workers to union ranks. In addition to UMass,…

TAA Volunteer Night!

Reviving an old tradition, the TAA Volunteer Night is back! We will be holding a volunteer night on February 11th at 5:30 PM at the TAA office. The volunteer night will go for a couple hours at most, with food and beverage for all. At volunteer nights, members of the union get together to accomplish…

Major GMM February 23rd

We have a major General Membership Meeting coming up on February 23rd, so it’s time to put it on your calendar and plan on being there. While we have a GMM on February 4th to handle some basic business carried over from our December GMM, the GMM on February 23rd is going to be big.…

Stewards' Council Kickoff!

We will be holding our Stewards’ Council spring semester kickoff meeting on February 8th at 6:30 PM at the TAA office. You’re invited to attend to get involved in the crucial work of our Stewards’ Council this semester as we organize around out contract negotiations, Segregated Fees, and building our union. Not a “steward”? No…

General Membership Meeting: February 4th

Our first General Membership Meeting of the spring semester will take place… Thursday, February 4th5:30 PM2231 Humanities The agenda for this meeting will begin by finishing up the open business from our December General Membership Meeting, including handling Constitutional changes on non-discrimination and voting on fall semester officer stipends. This meeting will also include an…

Grad School: Bad Decision?

One of the hotter pieces floating around and linked to in the higher ed and academic labor blogospheres of late has been Thomas Benton’s piece in the Chronicle, “Graduate School In the Humanities: Just Don’t Go. We pass on the link for you to check out at your leisure. Note that it refers back to…

General Membership Meeting This Thursday!

Our final General Membership Meeting of the semester is coming up this Thursday, December 3rd. It will be at 5:30 PM at the Pres House off of Library Mall. If you have any questions, just shoot us an email. Here’s what the tentative agenda looks like right now: 1. Bargaining Strategy Session2. Political Education Committee…

TAA 2007-2009 Contract Summary

Our Vice President of Bargaining Kevin Gibbons and bargaining staffer Rob Henn put together a fact-sheet for the new 2009-2011 contract. Take a look below and let us know if you have any questions or if you’d like to receive a .pdf copy. On Wednesday, October 28, Governor Jim Doyle signed our new contract into…