Under Attack (Day 1)

Dear Members, We have been getting in a LOT of troubling information today. Governor Walker is proposing sweeping, extremist attacks on employee rights and compensation that WILL be voted upon within a week. He is putting these changes forward in a budget repair bill that he will release tomorrow (Friday) at 10am. Here are the…

EMERGENCY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Monday, December 20, 5:30 PM Inn Wisconsin Room, Memorial Union Our Executive Board has called an Emergency General Membership Meeting. Here’s why: What Happened? If you haven’t heard, the Wisconsin State Senate rejected our contract on Wednesday, December 15. This move was unprecedented and has politicized the process of approving state employee contracts. They did…

VOTE NOW: Contract Ratification

At the November 18 General Membership Meeting, the membership voted on a number of items, including to oppose and organize against Chancellor Martin’s Badger Partnership plan and to stand behind the Student Labor Action Coalition’s and AFSCME 171’s fight against privatization and the unprecedented use of non-union labor at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.

Membership also voted to endorse the contract settled between our bargaining team and the state. Members voted to send the tentative agreement to a full vote of our membership so that if the Legislature convened a special session, we could fully implement a new collective bargaining agreement. The contract includes some gains in language although on “economic” issues we largely did not make gains.

First General Membership Meeting!

UPDATE: Meeting is at 5:30 PM, schmoozing commences at 5 PM. The first General Membership Meeting (GMM) of the year is next Monday, September 20 at 5:30 PM in the Pres House (above Subway, on the Library Mall).  At this meeting we will ask members to choose between some strategy options for bargaining. Whether you…

Welcome Back

Welcome back grad student workers!  Another semester of classes, teaching, and research is just around the corner.  We here at the TAA have been busy all summer preparing a lot of great campaigns for the upcoming year.  We’re in the middle of bargaining a new contract with the State of Wisconsin and UW administration, members…

New Website!

The TAA is proud to unveil its new website! It’s chock full of new information and features.  At the right you’ll notice we have embedded a calendar of our events, as well as our goings-on on Facebook and Twitter.  We also hope that the information that you’ve come to the website for is more accessible.…

AGEL Parties

The grad labor movement has always kept the “social” in labor as a social movement. With the TAA hosting all of the AFT-affiliated locals in the grad labor movement here this week for a conference, we’re going to have a couple of parties for folks to attend that fit with AGEL traditions: a Welcome Party…

Organizing Day (Part of TAA-Hosted AGEL)

In conjunction with the TAA hosting the 2010 spring conference of the Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL), we are putting together an organizing day of action on Thursday. As the grad unionists from around the country come pouring into Madison, we will hold an organizing action to get TAA members and other grad unionists…

TAA-Hosted AGEL Schedule

Here’s where you’ll find a copy of the schedule for the 2010 spring conference of the Alliance of Graduate Employee Locals (AGEL), which the TAA is hosting this Thursday through Saturday. If you’re planning on attending sessions or workshops, please let us know at taa@taa-madison.org. Thursday [Organizing Day — Meet at TAA Office]12:30 PM –…