On November 1st, members of the TAA bargaining team met again with UW administration to discuss the grievance procedure for graduate workers, which will be adopted into the Graduate Assistants Policies and Procedures handbook. During this meeting, the TAA emphasized the importance of creating a policy that is clear, accessible, accommodating, and helpful to graduate workers facing grievable workplace issues. As part of this commitment, the TAA presented a flowchart (designed by TAA’s own Keo Corak) to visualize the current grievance process and identify areas for policy improvements. The bargaining team will continue to review the existing policy with input from administration in coming weeks, including a comprehensive assessment of the first section of the policy during a public meeting to be held on Thursday, November 9th at 9 AM.
If you have had experiences such as overwork, misclassification, intimidation, or other workplace problems and concerns, we encourage you to come share your opinions and experiences at these meetings. We are the people living these policies, so we need to connect to our administrators what the policy language means for our lives.