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.…

Graduate Policy and Procedures Update Bulletin: TAA Wins Inclusion in Contract-to-Handbook Transition

TAA Achieves Four Committee Positions After Year-Long Effort The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) has recorded several victories in its year-long effort working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison administration on the process of converting the graduate student worker contract into a policies and procedures document. The TAA has pushed the university to be more transparent in…

UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Stands in Solidarity with University of Puerto Rico Student Movement in Fight Against Proposed Budget Cuts

MADISON, Wis. (May 1, 2017): In response to massive proposed budget cuts at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) passed a solidarity resolution supporting the ongoing student strike at UPR. The strike began April 5 to protest the historic budget cuts facing the 11-campus, 70,000-student university. Now nearing one month,…

TAA Endorsements – Spring General Election 2017

  TAA Endorsements! After the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election, the Political Education Committee sent out questionnaires to candidates in all contested races on Madison ballots. Based on the responses, membership approved a list of candidates for TAA endorsement at Tuesday’s general membership meeting. The TAA encourages members, when possible, to participate in local GOTV efforts in support of…

TAA Hosts Pay Restructuring Teach-In for Graduate Students

NEW: Video from the Teach-In panel discussion: The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), the labor union representing the graduate student workers of the University of Wisconsin, recently hosted a teach-in to discuss the changes to graduate assistant pay set to be implemented in July 2017. The teach-in featured a panel, consisting of Cynthia Burnson, academic staff,…

TAA Endorses BDS Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison Union of Graduate Student Workers (TAA) Endorses BDS Movement Madison, WI (May 19, 2016): Members of the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison vote overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to divest from the State of Israel and corporations that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine. During a two-week vote distributed…

TAA Wins Delay of Radical Restructuring of Graduate Worker Pay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Forces Delay of Radical Restructuring of Graduate Student Pay Madison, WI (November 24, 2015): After several weeks of advocacy work by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), university administration has agreed to delay implementation of a plan to radically restructure graduate student pay on campus. The…

UW-Madison to Radically Restructure Graduate Student Pay; Graduate Students Not Consulted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UW-Madison to Radically Restructure Graduate Student Pay; Graduate Students Not Consulted Madison, WI (November 12, 2015): On Wednesday, November 18, at noon in front of Bascom Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) will hold a rally to demand that administration abandon a proposal to radically…