People standing and talking at the Shared Governance Celebration. One has a red TAA shirt.

University Workers Emphasize Importance of Shared Governance

A coalition of graduate workers and University Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS) members interrupted a reception celebrating shared governance on Wednesday, shining light on how workers are shut out of university decision-making processes. “We are never seriously consulted about things like fees, pay, increased resources for diversity and inclusion workers, and benefits,” sociology graduate student…

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Workers in TAA shirts holding signs and TAA flag at rally

Mandatory Fees Due Dec. 6

Graduate workers at UW-Madison have received automated emails containing inaccurate due dates for mandatory fees. Mandatory fees, including segregated fees and international student fees, are due on the first Friday after the third paycheck for all graduate students with an assistantship.This year, fees are due on December 6th, not in September (as listed in MyUW).…

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TAA Will Press On for Fair Pay, Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Shared Governance.

On April 26, Co-Presidents of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) attended a meeting with university administrators calling for them to commit to supporting graduate workers and international students at UW-Madison. The meeting was proposed in a letter from Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean Karpus after informing the TAA that our call for fair pay, fee…

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Graduate School Dean Walks Out from a Meeting and Calls Police on Graduate Workers

UW-Madison administrators left a meeting with TAA members and called the police to remove them from the meeting room after reaffirming the university’s stance to deny graduate workers basic workplace rights. Police officers arrived 30 minutes after the meeting started and issued a warning of arrest. The meeting was proposed by Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean…

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Administration Response to Graduate Workers Found Inadequate and Misleading

In response to the April 4 sit-in, UW administrators wrote TAA Co-Presidents a letter explaining why the university should deny graduate workers a living wage, mandatory fee relief, and clear workplace policies. In the letter signed by Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean Karpus, the administrators failed to address any issues graduate workers brought up during…

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Graduate Workers Occupy UW Administration Building to Demand Fair Workplace Policies

More than 400 graduate workers and allies gathered at Bascom Hall on April 5. This action is to demand from university administrators a living wage, full fee relief, quality policies, and a role in decision-making that affects graduate employees. Participants included teaching assistants, research assistants, project assistants, lecturers, professional students, and other graduate workers from…

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Press Release: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy

PRESS RELEASE: Graduate Workers Call for April 5 Sit-In for a Living Wage, Full Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Workplace Democracy Event info: Friday, April 5, 10 am — 1 pm 500 Lincoln Drive Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Graduate workers will occupy the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s administration building on April 5th. This…

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We Wear Buttons on Wednesdays

Graduate workers and their allies have been wearing buttons on Wednesdays in the past month to demand relief of mandatory fees. They have also been gathering at Bascom Hall to talk about how those fees negatively affect the university’s working, educational, and research conditions. By charging its graduate workers thousands in immoral fees and denying…

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