This week’s Cap Times cover story shines a spotlight on UW–Madison graduate workers’ long struggle for quality workplace protections. The article highlights the precarity and stress of working as a graduate assistant, and the fight for new policies and decision-making power. You can also listen to a short podcast, where reporter Yvonne Kim discusses what…Details
The Badger Herald reported on the Graduate School’s proposed new pay structure for graduate assistants: “We are very committed to paying competitive wages for graduate students, even in difficult budget times,” Blank said. “We know we are underpaying our graduate students, and we are trying to move them up closer to equity.” Read more at…Details
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the Graduate School’s proposed new pay structure for graduate assistants: When one of America’s first graduate-student unions was recognized at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, in 1969, organizers embraced a key principle: Graduate assistants should get equal pay for equal work. Read more at The Chronicle of…Details
The Wisconsin Gazette reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: Concerned about the effect the new proposal will have on departments across campus, Brooks said, “When the administration pushes through policy changes like this, without graduate student input, it marginalizes traditional, non-grant based departments, but most importantly, it impinges on the world-class education…Details
The Journal Sentinel reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: But a plan for how to make the University of Wisconsin-Madison more competitive is highly controversial and has been delayed until May 2017 because confusion was interfering with recruiting. The plan allows the Graduate School to establish a minimum, but not a maximum,…Details
The Daily Cardinal reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: Karpus acknowledged the committee that created the policy changes included UW-Madison faculty, deans and associate deans of schools and colleges on campus, members of the University Committee and the secretary of the Academic Staff, but not graduate students. Read more at The Daily…Details
The Capital Times photographed the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay:
A crowd gathers outside Bascom Hall during a TAA rally at UW-Madison, in Madison, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
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The Capital Times reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: TAA co-president Cynthia Burnson called the administration’s insistence on defining the graduate students as students first “devalues our role as workers and the labor we provide the university. We are indispensable in its daily functioning. To say students first and workers second presents…Details
The Capital Times reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: “I think it’s always a good idea to have students involved. That’s how I operated at my previous institution,” said Karpus, who was a professor of pathology and microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University’s medical school when he was hired by UW. He was at…Details
The Wisconsin State Journal reported on the Rally for Fair Graduate Student Pay: Karpus acknowledged that students were not involved in the process of writing the policy, most of which he said happened before he became dean in August. He has since then pushed back the policy’s start date, and said a TAA member is now…Details