TAA endorses Nada Elmikashfi in race for Wisconsin Senate District 26!

The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) has endorsed Nada Elmikashfi in the race for Wisconsin Senate District 26. The TAA—as the labor union for graduate workers at UW–Madison—supports Nada’s vision for public education, economic justice, environmental justice, and racial justice. Nada is the most progressive candidate in this race for Senate District 26, presenting solutions to…

TAA endorses Nicki Vander Meulen in race for Wisconsin Assembly District 76!

The Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) has endorsed Nicki Vander Meulen in the race for Wisconsin Assembly District 76. While a few candidates in this race align with the TAA’s political platform, the TAA—as the labor union for graduate workers at UW– Madison—recognizes Nicki’s strong advocacy for public education and her vision for progressive change in…

TAA executive board statement on proposed ICE order

We, the executive board of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, refuse any compromise between supporting international students and the need for online-only instruction to protect us all from COVID-19. As recently stated by the illegally-appointed acting director of DHS, the proposed SEVP order mandating in-person learning for international students is intended to “encourage schools to reopen.”…

TAA Passes Resolution Demanding Cops out of AFL-CIO

General Membership Meeting on July 2, 2020 Whereas the US labor movement must reconcile its history of exclusion and hostility towards Black workers and other workers of color; and Whereas US law enforcement functions to maintain oppressive systems of gendered racial capitalism, to protect and serve the interests of capitalists, and repress the working class;…

TAA’s Statement on Smart Restart

For more information, contact:Alejandra Canales, CV Vitolo-HaddadCo-Presidentstaa@taa-madison.org Press release: TAA’s statement on Smart Restart Madison, WI (June 18, 2020): Yesterday Chancellor Blank issued UW–Madison’s Smart Restart plan preparing for an in-person fall 2020 semester. With this decision, UW–Madison is prioritizing tuition and housing revenues over the health and safety of students, faculty, and academic staff.…

TAA’s statement on the withdrawal of Jim Johnsen

For more information, contact:Alejandra Canales, CV Vitolo-HaddadCo-Presidentstaa@taa-madison.org Press release: TAA’s statement on the withdrawal of Jim Johnsen June 16, 2020 On Friday June 12th, Jim Johnsen withdrew from consideration for the position of UW-System president. His announcement marks the end of this failed search which was marred throughout by a lack of transparency in the…

TAA Executive Board Statement on the murder of George Floyd and Minneapolis protests

May 29, 2020 The Executive Board of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, the union representing graduate student workers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, condemns the state-sanctioned lynching of George Floyd earlier this week. We stand in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and everywhere demanding justice and an end to racist police brutality, including the inspirational actions…

PEC members smile and raise fists after canvassing

PEC Publishes Voter’s Guide for April 7th Election

The Political Education Committee of the TAA has published its Spring 2020 Voter’s Guide. The Voter’s Guide contains key information for voting in Madison on April 7th, including: Making a plan to vote safely amid the COVID-19 outbreak TAA endorsements for candidates in the Presidential Primary and Wisconsin Supreme court races Information on candidates running…

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TAA Demands Clarity, Equity in UW COVID-19 Response

As Madison and the university community address public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is crucial that adequate protections are in place for graduate workers, their families, and their students. On Wednesday morning, March 11, TAA members sent a list of concerns to UW–Madison administrators, including concerns about the burdens placed on…

Screenshot of the workplace abuse policy chart

TAA Publishes Guide to Workplace Abuse Policy

UW–Madison policies about graduate students are complex. Some of this is necessary complexity — after all, many of us are employees and students at the same time, and need to be protected and supported in both those roles. But in many cases, grad policy is complex because administrators make it complex — to fit the…