Swarm and Nest: Week 4

On Tuesday, we went to Educational Sciences to organize, and despite our low post-spring break numbers, our 6 organizers had 12 conversations, in 19 organizer hours. We found 1 new TAA steward, and signed up 4 new members. For the semester, that makes 25 different organizers, working 119.5 hours, 115 member contacts, 34 new organizers,…

Tax Tip for UW Students

Do you live in Dane County or one of the counties affected by the floods last year? Did you have tuition-related expenses last year? If so, you may be eligible for a larger tax credit via the life time learning credit than you typically would be. While reading the instructions for IRS form 8863 (the…

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…