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Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

UFAS Steering Committee Calls for a Moral Way Forward

We are the elected leaders of United Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS, AFT #223). As a union that represents faculty and academic staff, ensuring safe campus spaces for workers and students alike is at the core of our mission.

[THE BADGER HERALD] Tackling the moral restart

With less than a month before school starts and with new COVID-19 cases reported every day in Dane County, thousands of undergraduates started moving into dorms at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this week, with thousands more returning to apartments off-campus.

As the days before school count down, faculty, TA and other campus worker concerns continue to rise, manifesting in a protest on campus last week.

[WORT] Labor Radio for August 21

"We have four demands right now. The first is moving all classes online. Now. For the fal semester. The second is no worker loses wages, health insurance, or their position during this pandemic and during this crisis. The third is the university actually commits to implementing a $15 minimum, a $15/per hour minimum wage including for student workers. And the last is a call on administraiton to meet and confer with unions in the University Labor Council."

[CHANNEL 3000] University Labor Council lists demands in response to UW-Madison’s restart plans

MADISON, Wis.– Even with health and safety changes, the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Labor Council is speaking out against the “Smart Restart” plan, asking that administrators protect campus workers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University Labor Council is a coalition of unions designed with the intention to protect campus workers at UW-Madison. The organization released a statement outlining their demands on Wednesday.

[WPR] Wisconsin Colleges Push Ahead With Reopening Plans As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Over the next month, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin college students will return to campus as the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be masks, social distancing and even smartphone apps aimed at limiting new outbreaks.

But while there are students eager to regain some form of in-person learning, a number of instructors and staff are concerned about their safety.

Read the full article by Rich Kremer from August 5, 2020.