We Wear Buttons on Wednesdays

Graduate workers and their allies have been wearing buttons on Wednesdays in the past month to demand relief of mandatory fees. They have also been gathering at Bascom Hall to talk about how those fees negatively affect the university’s working, educational, and research conditions. By charging its graduate workers thousands in immoral fees and denying…

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People standing and talking at the Shared Governance Celebration. One has a red TAA shirt.

University Workers Emphasize Importance of Shared Governance

A coalition of graduate workers and University Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS) members interrupted a reception celebrating shared governance on Wednesday, shining light on how workers are shut out of university decision-making processes. “We are never seriously consulted about things like fees, pay, increased resources for diversity and inclusion workers, and benefits,” sociology graduate student…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Workers in TAA shirts holding signs and TAA flag at rally

Mandatory Fees Due Dec. 6

Graduate workers at UW-Madison have received automated emails containing inaccurate due dates for mandatory fees. Mandatory fees, including segregated fees and international student fees, are due on the first Friday after the third paycheck for all graduate students with an assistantship.This year, fees are due on December 6th, not in September (as listed in MyUW).…

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