February GAPP Update: Two More Meetings Remain in Contract-to-Handbook Process

The Spring Semester started with another meeting of the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures Committee, which only has two additional meetings scheduled before it is due to deliver recommendations to Vice Chancellor Heller, Provost Mangelsdorf, and Dean Karpus of the Graduate School. Discussions at this meeting focused on Articles I – VI of the TAA’s…

Lack of Transparency Hinders Discussion at Eighth GAPP Meeting

On Monday, representatives from the TAA and University of Wisconsin-Madison administration convened for the eighth Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) committee meeting. Tt quickly became clear that there was a fundamental disagreement between the TAA  representatives and the administration as to which issues were and were not resolved. This discord underlined a fundamental lack…

Graduates pack 7th GAPP meeting asking for benefits.

Graduate assistants from across campus packed this week’s Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures (GAPP) meeting, which focused primarily on benefits. In light of the state legislature’s decision to remove domestic partner benefits from state group health plans, nearly 30 graduate students offered testimony on how the change in benefits affects them, and put pressure on…

TAA, Administration Move Forward on Converting Contract to Handbook

The Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures (GAPP) committee made substantial progress during its last meeting regarding the work environment for graduate student workers on campus. Specifically, TAA representatives and the administration discussed records requests, details relating to the work environment, and personnel files, with the administration taking many of its cues from the TAA’s suggestions.…

GAPP Meeting Update: August

Graduate worker representatives met with university administration last week during the fourth meeting of the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee, the group tasked with overseeing the transition of our 2009 contract into a handbook. Committee members made significant progress on reviewing the details of the contract; throughout most of the meeting, the administration…

Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures Update: July 2017

The Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee met for the second time last Tuesday. During this meeting, the committee began to go through the 2009 contract, section by section, to create a set of policies and procedures for all graduate workers. The crux of this meeting centered on the administration’s desire to deal only…

Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures Update: June 2017

Thank you to the graduate workers who attended the first Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Committee meeting last week! With this demonstrated interest, the graduate representatives on the committee were successful in securing that future meetings will be open to a large number of observers and that these observers can participate in the discussions.…