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,…

Annual Welcome Back Happy Hour

There is simply no better way to come back to campus for an academic year than with a party on the Terrace. We’re going to kick off the year in style with a big party full of grad assistants, with plenty of free food and beer, rockin’ music, and a small bit of union business.…

LaborFest 2009

Every September, the local labor movement celebrates the holiday for working people, Labor Day, with a big party. Consider yourselves invited to attend as working people and members of the baddest graduate employee union in all the land. The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL, or “scuffle”), the local labor council for unions in this…

Welcome Back Happy Hour

To start the semester and the academic year off right, the TAA will be putting on its annual “Welcome Back Happy Hour” event on Friday, September 4th. So save the date now and plan to be there with new and old union members and fellow graduate assistants. Where else but the annual TAA Welcome Back…

TAA In the (Union Labor) News

As many of you know, recent action by Wisconsin’s state legislature extended to research assistants collective bargaining rights. As you all definitely know, teaching and project assistants have enjoyed this basic labor right for decades. Further, faculty and academic staff in the UW System now will also have the right to organize a union and…

Reminder: Update Your Union Membership Info

Once again, we are asking all rank-and-file members of the union to update their membership information. Knowing the crucial details about our membership makes it possible for our union to be as best-organized as possible. A better organized union means a stronger union, and a stronger unions means better results for rank-and-file members. So please…