Open Letter to Mr. Lavigna

Some brief context for this letter: The TAA membership voted to approve a document outlining the concerns over the HR Redesign. These concerns are shared by other campus unions and some parts of the faculty.  The Director of Human Resources, Robert Lavigna, wrote a letter to Bryan Kennedy, the president of our state federation, AFT-Wisconsin,…

TAA Calls for Continued Solidarity and Action Among Students, Faculty, Workers, and Community in the Wake of the Recall Election

The UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the thousands of individuals who galvanized the Wisconsin Uprising and made this unprecedented grassroots effort a priority in their lives over the past sixteen months. The Wisconsin Uprising is not about one election. We will remember February in Madison as an icon for…

TAA Next Steps Resolution

The Next Steps for the TAA Statement endorsed by the TAA membership on May 17, 2012 Actions by both Republicans — via the Walker Administration — and Democratic Senators Russ Decker and Jeff Plale –via the December 2010 rejection of statewide union contracts — eviscerated the rights of public sector workers across the state. Actions…

GOTV Recall Election TAA Phone Banking

The Teaching Assistant Association has set up a phone banking operation at the TAA office. in order to get out the vote among members in the final days before June 5 recall election. Saturday, May 26 from 3:00-6:00pm Wednesday, May 30 from 5:00-8:00pm Saturday, June 2 from 3:00-6:00pm Come by the TAA office to make…

Letter to Walker: Initiate Bargaining Immediately

Following the March 30, 2012, federal court ruling striking down parts of Wisconsin Act 10, ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions from collecting dues and cannot require they recertify annually, the TAA joined other American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin locals in demanding that Gov. Walker initiate bargaining immediately. Below is the letter sent…

Faith and Labor Leaders Join Together to Call on Walker to Restore Collective Bargaining Rights and Funding for Education

A year ago the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) organized a “I ♥ UW” rally on February 14, 2011, touching off a series of historic protests in defense of collective bargaining rights and respect for the democratic process in this state. This year on Tuesday, February 14 the faith community, Madison teachers and the TAA will…

We still heart UW: Rallying is for Lovers

Join fellow TAA members in a solidarity rally on Tuesday, February 14th to send a strong message to Gov. Walker and the Republicans that we still ♥ UW. We are calling for restoring funding for higher education in this state and collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. The march will meet in front of the…