Joint Statement on Gov. Scott Walker's Higher Education Attacks

I'm proud to share with you a joint statement from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison and a member of AFT local 223, United Faculty and Academic Staff.  Randi and Sara, two committed educators and unionists, strongly condemn Scott Walker's attacks on higher education, which will slash essential state funding and threaten the bedrock of academic freedom upon which higher education depends.  Please share this statement widely and help us get the word out about the danger facing every university in the UW System, from Superior to Milwaukee.

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AFT-Wisconsin press release: UW System union members condemn funding cuts, attacks on academic freedom

Madison, WI: Responding to the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s expected vote to slash $250 million in UW System funding and remove legislative protections for academic freedom and shared governance, union members in the UW System condemned the funding cuts and called on System and campus administrations to protect academic freedom. “Today’s move by JFC Republicans to pay for Scott Walker’s tax breaks for his wealthy donors by slashing public education is shameful,” said Eleni Schirmer, a UW-Madison graduate student and co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT local 3220.

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2015 UFAS Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted in our UFAS elections! The results are:
 
OFFICERS
  • President: Chad Alan Goldberg
  • Vice President: Shelle Michalak
  • 2nd VP: Aaron Crandall
  • Treasurer: Amihan Huesmann
  • Secretary: Jason Lee
COMMITTEE CHAIRS
  • Communications: Shelle Michalak
  • Grievance: Theresa Duello
  • Equity & Diversity: Susan Nossal
  • Academic Staff: Aaron Crandall

All those elected will have terms that begin June 1, for a period of one (1) year, through May 31. Congratulations to all our elected members, and thank you for serving our union!

UFAS News - Spring 2015

Click HERE for a copy of our Spring 2015 newsletter.

Pushing forward to fight rising student debt

The AFT has joined a broad coalition of organizations, from its sister unions to Student Veterans of America, from the National Young Farmers Coalition to Jobs with Justice and the Center for American Progress, to demand that elected officials take action and address college affordability within the next six months.

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