Graduate School Dean Walks Out from a Meeting and Calls Police on Graduate Workers

UW-Madison administrators left a meeting with TAA members and called the police to remove them from the meeting room after reaffirming the university’s stance to deny graduate workers basic workplace rights. Police officers arrived 30 minutes after the meeting started and issued a warning of arrest. The meeting was proposed by Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean…

Press Release: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy

PRESS RELEASE: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy Event info: Friday, April 5, 10 am — 1 pm 500 Lincoln Drive Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Graduate workers will occupy the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s administration building on April 5th. This…

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…

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…