Ramping Up For November Elections: October Events

Union members and non-members alike are welcome to participate in our events leading up to the November elections! As a group, we are committed to conducting grassroots, community-driven political organizing that reflects not only the views of our membership, but also the needs and concerns of the communities around UW. Below is our calendar of events for the next month:
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PHONE BANK SESSIONS, OCT 11th & 24th: Did you know that 600+ eligible graduate students on campus are NOT registered to vote? Help us do some phone banking this week! Chat with other graduate students and get them registered. (Also enjoy free beer and food with pretty amazing folks from Law, La Follette, Sociology, Social Work, Poli Sci, SoHe, Comp Lit, Math, French & Italian, and a ton of other departments.)
POSTCARD WRITING, OCT 13th: Our sister union, United Faculty and Academic Staff, and Our Wisconsin Revolution are co-sponsoring a postcard-writing event at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center to support AGL and two progressive candidates running for WI Senate. Help us write handwritten messages to fellow UW students and employees living in contentious districts with progressive candidates!
CANVASSING TRIPS TO SENATE DISTRICT 17: We’re only two seats shy of retaking the Wisconsin State Senate! District 17 is widely regarded as the most “flippable” Senate seat. Help us canvass for Kriss Marion, a Wisconsin farmer endorsed by the AFL-CIO, LiUna!, Planned Parenthood, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club. We’ll be knocking on general public doors and graduate students living in the district.
DEBATE WATCH PARTY, OCT 19th: Join the Teaching Assistants’ Association, Democratic Socialists of America-Madison, and Our Wisconsin Revolution – Dane County on Friday, October 19th at 7:30pm to watch the Wisconsin gubernatorial debate. Location: Layla’s Labor Temple Bar 1602 S. Park St. Great food and drinks are available for purchase.

*ONGOING VOTER REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES: (Reach out to pec@taa-madison.org for details)

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More details are on our Facebook page. If you have any questions, or want to join the Political Education Committee to help shape our political strategy, please feel free to contact pec@taa-madison.org for more information.

TAA is committed to being an open, inclusive organization that represents the concerns of all graduate workers. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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CAMPAIGNS

The Tax Cuts and Job Act

A meaningful victory for graduate students across the nation was won by rapid, nationwide mobilization against what could have been a disastrous piece of legislation. On November 2, 2017, the Republican-led House of Representatives unveiled the Tax Cuts and Job Act. The stated goal of this tax reform package is to simplify the nation’s tax code by reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to four, doubling the standard deduction, and eliminating a number of “confusing” exemptions. An unfortunate consequence of this version of the bill was the elimination of the exemption for for graduate employee tuition waivers that could have raise the federal income tax burden by more than $2,500. The TAA encouraged members of the community to speak out against the Tax Cuts and Job Act, and in so doing we joined a movement that ultimately convinced Congress to keep our waivers!

 

University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Sanctuary Union

During the October 16 General Membership Meeting, TAA members voted to pass a resolution making our union a sanctuary union, standing in solidarity with Harvard University’s United for Sanctuary Coalition and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition. Going forward, the TAA will continue to work with these organizations to protect TAA members and members of the Madison community from unjust existing immigration policies and future changes to immigration policy. (Read more…)