Get Involved

I’m a member. Now what?

Now that you’re a TAA member, you will begin receiving weekly/biweekly update e-mails from the TAA office via MailChimp. You will be able to stay informed about current union issues, upcoming meetings, ballots, actions, and social events. You’ll be eligible to vote in all union elections and issue ballots (new contract offers, union policy changes, etc.) and you’ll get the information you need to take part in these important decisions.

There are several ways for you to get involved. None are mandatory, but we are a democratic organization and we highly value your participation in the union.

Attend General Membership Meetings

General Membership Meetings, or GMMs, are the TAA-wide meetings where the most important union decisions are made. For example, the yearly budget, bargaining platform and endorsements of political candidates are all voted on at GMMs.

As a TAA member, coming to GMMs and voting is one of the most important ways you can influence the direction of your union. GMMs typically happen about once a month during the academic year. Learn more on the GMM page.

Join a Committee

One great way to ensure a strong union is to volunteer your time, creativity and skills by serving on a TAA committee!

Active committees include Stewards’ Council (StewCo), Political Education Committee (PEC), Contract Enforcement Committee (CEC), Mutual Aid Committee (MAC) which oversees our Diaper Program, Organizing Committee (O-Comm), and Publicity Committee (PubComm). We are also a member of the University Labor Council, where we always need representatives from the TAA.

Become a Departmental Steward

Any TAA member can serve as a steward for their department. Stewards are TAA point-people for colleagues in their department, and connect with stewards from other departments to collaborate, share resources and ideas, and form community and collective power. Stewards gather at Stewards’ Council

meetings throughout the semester. Contact stewco@taa-madison.org for more information!

Organize + Connect with TAA Members on Discord!

Wondering where TAA conversations are happening? Want to meet other members, see pet pictures, and connect with others about union concerns and organizing efforts? Check out the TAA Discord space! This is the best way to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the union and to strategize with other grad workers.

Current members interested in joining the TAA Discord space should email a request to taamembershipsec@gmail.com.

Follow Along on Social Media

Keep up-to-date with the TAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!