Mandatory Fees Cause Graduate Workers Hardship

Mandatory Fees Cause Graduate Workers Hardship Graduate workers pay more than a thousand dollars a year for mandatory fees so that they can work at UW-Madison. For a typical graduate appointment, this is ten percent of their wage paid back to the university. Many graduate workers experience food or housing insecurity because of the fees…

Mandatory Fees Update: January 17

Stewards’ Council met on January 17th to share strategies for improving our departments and to discuss our organizing plans for the coming semester. We want to continue working toward receiving better pay, covering mandatory fees, and rescinding international student fees. We can collectively do something about these working conditions! Working groups are currently developing messaging…

Faculty Senate Passes Mandatory Fee Resolution

Both the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) and the Faculty Senate have joined us in our call for UW–Madison to cover fees for grad workers. On December 4th, the Faculty Senate almost unanimously voted for the University to cover mandatory fees for graduate workers. Administrators, listen to students and faculty—cover our fees! Read more about the TAA’s mandatory…

Resolution on Mandatory Fees to be presented at the Oct 31 ASM Student Council meeting and the Nov 5 Faculty Senate meeting.

Resolution to be presented at the Oct 31 ASM Student Council meeting and the Nov 5 Faculty Senate meeting. In March and April 2018, graduate workers protested UW-Madison’s decision to change the mandatory fees payment schedule without the input of graduates. This decision would have required graduates to pay their fees before receiving their first…

GAs Mobilize to Save Fee Payment Flexibility

On Thursday March 22, over one hundred graduate workers and allies turned out to Bascom Hall to demand that UW–Madison administrators create a new mandatory fee payment policy which retains the current payment flexibility and lessens the financial burden on graduate employees by substantially remitting segregated fees. Current policy allows graduate workers the accumulation of three…

TAA Executive Board: New UW-Madison Segregated Fee Policy Inadequate

Earlier this week, the UW–Madison Bursar Office posted a new policy for how Graduate Assistants pay their segregated fees. The Teaching Assistants’ Association Executive Board recognizes that this policy puts fees first and graduate workers second. While respecting the demand that no fee payment be due before our first paycheck, it does not relieve the…