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…

Update Your Union Information!

A good union is of, by, and for its rank-and-file members. We work for ourselves as rank-and-file members; we take ownership for a strong, successful union, made up of rank-and-file members. A good union is one in which rank-and-file members are connected, engaged, involved, and active – creating the “of, by, for” dynamic. To connect…

Orientation Organizing Campaign

Organizing is the heart of unionism, connecting workers and building power to advance our shared interests. We need to organize to build and strengthen our union, and we’re kicking off a major organizing drive in conjunction with upcoming department orientations and the beginning of the academic year. Can you be involved? If you’re interested, contact…

Update Your Union Information!

With the coming of a new academic year, the TAA needs to update its roster of information about all of us as rank-and-file members. We would like to have all of our members fill out an electronic of our “blue card,” our normal membership card. Part of running a good organization is having proper information…

T-Shirt Design Contest Continues

As announced in our last e-newsletter, we are running a design contest for our 2009-2010 annual t-shirt. Take a look here for further details. We need you to submit your ideas and designs. And we need you to have your submissions in by the end of this week. If you have any questions, please contact…

Contract Update and Paycut Request Information

As we reported in our last e-newsletter, a request has been made from the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) to have TAA members give up our duly-negotiated wage increases. Our Executive Board considered this request for a paycut to be imposed upon all TAs and PAs and debated it at length at our meeting…

Stewards: Rank-and-File Leaders Needed

Active leadership right at the proverbial shopfloor of our workplace is a core aspect of having a strong union. Stewards organize workers, connect rank-and-file members with one another, advocate for and with workers at the department level, and serve as key leaders in the decision-making of our union. For our union to work as an…