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.”…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Community Rallies Against Abuse of Graduate Workers, Calls for Policy Change

Note: This article includes mentions of suicide. Graduate workers and community supporters gathered on Engineering Mall on Thursday to protest the return of abusive engineering professor Dr. Akbar Sayeed to campus and demand stronger workplace protections for grads. “We’re demanding that graduate assistants have a meaningful voice in crafting policies of the kinds that would…

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