Swarm and Nest: Medical Sciences

We had a low-key organizing Monday in an uncomfortably warm Medical Sciences building. We had 6 organizers work 22 hours, talking to 15 members. We signed up 2 new members, and found 5 new organizers. Though we had smaller capacity than other weeks, the progress was still good for our smaller organizer numbers. For the…

Swarm and Nest Results from HC White

TAA Swarm-n-Nesters descended upon Helen C. White, North, and Science this past Tuesday, the 3rd. We had 17 TAA organizers working a total of 42.5 working hours between 10-4. We had 45 conversations with members, recruited 13 new organizers who agreed to do Swarm and Nest this semester. On top of that, we found 5…

TAA Swarm and Nest: Week 1

On Monday, 2/23, 11 TAA member organizers (plus our two highly trained staff members) went out to Social Sciences, Ingraham, and Bascom. We had 42 conversations over 36 worker-hours of organizing, in which we signed up 3 new members, and found 16 new Organizers who will participate in Swarm and Nest this semester. We also…

Doyle's Budget May Include DP Benefits

Governor Doyle’s 2009-2011 budget, to be revealed Tuesday, is likely to include domestic partner benefits for state employees, including UW system graduate employees, faculty and staff. This budget line will offer health care to all domestic partners of LGBTQ employees, as well as to partners of those heterosexual couples who choose not to marry. UW-Madison…

Union Grassroots Lobby Day

We are working to protect our university in this current state legislative session by building a legislative advocacy program. But we need your help – and you can have a little fun along the way. You’re invited – nay, recruited – to join us next Monday at a reception/meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session with two of…

TAA Members Endorse NO vote on ASM Constitutional Changes

At the February 10th General Membership Meeting, members of the TAA voted to endorse a NO vote on proposed ASM constitutional changes, which among other changes create an executive branch to the student government’s bureaucracy. Further, membership voted to join the “Vote No Coalition,” a coalition including: Campus Women’s CenterStudent Progressive DaneWorking-Class Student UnionStudent Tenant…

TAA Membership Approves New Contract

We are happy to report that the paper ballot vote my membersresulted in the passage of the tentative agreement between theTAA and management. The next step in the process will be for thestate legislature to vote to ratify the contract. Once this stepis completed, the changes we won in negotiations will go intoeffect. We’re still…