Union Workshops Coming Up

Make sure to get it on your calendar and save the date – we have union workshops coming up that you don’t want to miss: Monday, August 31Tuesday, September 1Thursday, September 3Wednesday, September 9Thursday, September 10 All of the union workshops will be at 6 PM at the TAA Office. The union workshops will be…

Orientation Week Under Way!

This week officially kicks off the year for the TAA. Over the course of this week, we will get out and organize at nearly 60 departmental orientations for new graduate assistants, speaking with nearly 1,000 grad student workers. Orientation week is when we do our most intense organizing drive of the year, signing of hundreds…

TAA Events Coming Up

The next few weeks are full of tons of hot TAA action and we want you to be a part of it. Here is what’s on tap in the near future – and take a look below the list for a brief description of the events: Orientation Organizing Campaign info sessionThursday, August 20th (6 PM…

Contract Information & Update

After a conversation with the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER), we feel like the 2007-2009 contract is progressing along. In this conversation, we heard that OSER is preparing our contract for consideration in the September session of the state legislature. Many of you probably know that as state employees, our contracts must be ratified…

Health Care & Benefits Information

Health insurance coverage is one of the most important victories that our union has won for us as graduate student workers. But it doesn’t mean a thing to our health insurance coverage if we don’t enroll. To be covered by health insurance on September 1, make sure that you are enrolled. The University has a…

Reading for Fun About Your Vocation

Hopefully you got to spend some of your summer break from academic work with a few good books. Before the academic year begins in earnest and you have lots of reading to do for your work, take a minute to check out a cool blog for insight and commentary from one of the most trenchant…

TAA Events for the Next Two Weeks

As we head into the homestretch of summer break before the academic year begins again, the TAA is ramping up its programming. Over the next two weeks, we have a number of program events and actions, mostly related to our Orientation Organizing Campaign. We hope all rank-and-file members of our union will consider getting involved…

Have You Oriented A Grad Assistant Today?

We all remember the first days on campus as a new grad student. Getting acclimated to Madison, figuring out the whole grad assistant role, meeting new people, and becoming part of an intellectual community: those days were heady times that shape our experiences in grad school today. In just a couple of weeks, thousands of…

Getting Involved In Your Union

We have in our local a dynamic of the union being “of, by, and for” graduate assistants. No one tells us what to do – we decide it ourselves. From collective bargaining of a contract to political action to general business of our organization, this union is run for graduate assistants. But for that “of,…