If you are a graduate student at UW-Madison, you can become a member! Membership in the TAA provides you with a voice in your union and builds collective power to improve our working conditions.
- 1 Why should I join the union?
- 2 Dues information:
- 3 Signing up or updating your information:
- 4 I’m a member. Now what?
Why should I join the union?
By joining our union, you are choosing collective action, increasing the strength of all UW-Madison graduate workers. You can vote on union policy related to your wages, benefits, and working conditions. You’re also showing support for all of the past TAA members who have bargained for the benefits you enjoy and a way of committing yourself to making things better for TAs, PAs, and RAs in the future.
Only a strong union can advocate effectively for graduate student interests and workplace rights both on campus and in the Statehouse, and protect graduate employees from excessive workloads, harassment, discrimination, and retribution. Joining the TAA also increases the union’s negotiating strength. Each additional member reinforces the message to the administration and the state that the TAA is a force to be taken seriously. Past experience shows that this greatly improves the TAA’s chances of success at the bargaining table. This improves and protects all of our working conditions. Graduate employees are dependent on the university not only for appointments to cover a portion of their living expenses, but also for grades and recommendations.
Together, we fight the attacks on public employees and higher education that are occurring in Wisconsin and nationwide. In the Uprising of 2011, our union stood strong with thousands of other Wisconsin workers, students, and citizens in the largest protests in this state has seen since the Vietnam War era. Join us to effectively fight back against the stripping of workers’ rights and draconian cuts to higher education.
As a member, you play an integral role in the machinery of union democracy. You have a voice in setting the priorities of the union and a direct line in how you can better your wages, benefits, and working conditions. You can eligible to vote in all union elections and issue ballots (contract offers, union policy changes, etc.) and get the information you need to take part in these important decisions.
TAA member dues are determined according to your UW appointment:
- $30 per month for TAs, PAs, RAs, and lecturers with a 44% appointment or above
- $20 per month for those with appointment between 33%-43.9%
- $15 per month for TAs, PAs, RAs, and lecturers with an appointment less than 33%
- $15 per month for grad students on fellowship, student hourlies, and grad students who are unemployed at the UW and wish to remain TAA members
Your dues help us work to secure better wages and benefits for all grad workers and work with grad students to resolve workplace problems.
Signing up or updating your information:
If you are signing up to be a TAA member for the first time, please fill out these two forms:
1. Select your appointment level in the dropdown menu below to determine your monthly dues payment, click “Join!” and enter your billing information on the form.
- Ignore the “Member ID#”, and “Work Location” fields.
- Under “Home Email” please list your wisc.edu email address.
- If you are not sure what appointment level to select, try filling out step 2 first.
2. Fill out this brief membership information form.
- This form lets us know what department you are in, confirms some contact and appointment information, and gives you the option to list a different preferred email address.
If you are a current member and need to update your information:
- To update your dues payment information: You can use the form accessed through #1 (the dropdown menu and red “GO” button) above to update your financial information.
- To update your appointment information (new TA/PA/RA-ship, different appointment level, etc.):
- Changing your dues level, if you have a different appointment level this term.
- Changing your home address, if you have moved.
- Changing your campus address, if you have moved to a different lab or office on campus.
- Changing your email address, if you want to change where we send TAA email.
- Changing your name on file, if you have married (congrats!) or for any other reason.
For any other inquiries or to cancel your membership, please contact our Membership Secretary, Carl Sack at: email@example.com.
I’m a member. Now what?
Now that you’re a TAA member, you will begin receiving weekly update e-mails from the TAA office. You will be able to stay informed about current union issues, upcoming meetings, ballots, actions, and social events. You’ll be eligible to vote in all union elections and issue ballots (new contract offers, union policy changes, etc.) and you’ll get the information you need to take part in these important decisions.
There are several ways for you to get involved. None are mandatory but we are a democratic organization and we highly value your participation in the union.
General Membership Meetings, or GMMs, are the TAA-wide meetings where the most important union decisions are made. For example, the yearly budget, bargaining platform and endorsements of political candidates are all voted on at GMMs.
As a TAA member, coming to GMMs and voting is one of the most important ways you can influence the direction of your union. GMMs typically happen about once a month during the academic year. See the calendar at the right for upcoming GMM dates and locations.
One great way to ensure a strong union is to volunteer your time, creativity and skills by serving on a TAA committee!
The TAA has seven standing committees: Contract Enforcement, Diversity, Education, Labor Solidarity, Organizing, Political Education and Publicity. If you have any questions about any committees or would like to get involved, email co-presidents Cynthia or Sergio.
To find out what’s going on right now in the TAA, check out the Current Campaigns page.