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.…

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TAA Secures Important Victories During GAPP Meeting: September Update

The TAA had some important victories during the fifth Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) meeting.  The GAPP committee is comprised of university administration and the TAA, and is  responsible for creating the procedures and policies that will govern the working environments of  teaching assistants, project assistants and research assistants on campus.   At the…

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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…

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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…

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Graduate Workers Occupy UW Administration Building to Demand Fair Workplace Policies

More than 400 graduate workers and allies gathered at Bascom Hall on April 5. This action is to demand from university administrators a living wage, full fee relief, quality policies, and a role in decision-making that affects graduate employees. Participants included teaching assistants, research assistants, project assistants, lecturers, professional students, and other graduate workers from…

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Graduate School Releases GAPP that Strips Workplace Protections for Graduate Workers and Excludes RAs and SAs.

UW-Madison Graduate School released a set of Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) on May 14. This document, released at the end of the academic year, strips workplace protections for graduate workers and excludes thousands of research assistants and lecturers. Sign and share this TAA petition today to support graduate workers in our fight for a…

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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…

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