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ANOTHER big win today for the Fair Pay for Faculty Assistants campaign!

April 3, 2017 — Three weeks after the UW-Madison Academic Staff Assembly overwhelmingly voted to adopt our resolution on fair pay for Faculty Assistants, the Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly—in the presence of the chancellor and over the opposition of some members of the University Committee—to adopt a virtually identical resolution. With these two electrifying victories and previous endorsements by the ASM and TAA, the students, graduate employees, academic staff, and faculty of this university solidly and publicly support our campaign.

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UFAS's Faculty Assistant pay campaign in the news

March 17, 2017

Jes King taught five class sections — discussions and labs — on a recent Thursday for his job as a faculty assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

King recently completed his master's degree, and is working as a faculty assistant in the chemistry department, part of a small group of instructional staff who now are paid less than their graduate student counterparts.

He and other faculty assistants interviewed for this article spoke with enthusiasm about their work.

Nevertheless, they have begun a campaign to persuade UW-Madison to bring their pay up to that of graduate student teaching assistants. The campaign was launched with the assistance of United Faculty and Academic Staff, UFAS, a labor union affiliated with AFT, American Federation of Teachers. Some of the faculty assistants are members of UFAS.

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One night only: DeVos dodges tough Senate questions

Concern, frustration and outright dismay colored many of the exchanges between Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Betsy DeVos, the Michigan education lobbyist nominated by Donald Trump for education secretary, at her confirmation hearing.

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Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

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Graduate assistants at private universities can unionize

In a decision that could reshape working and learning conditions for thousands of college workers and their students, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that graduate assistants have the right to unionize, even at private colleges.

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National unions offer support for Orlando community

The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.

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AFT-Wisconsin release: UW-Eau Claire faculty declare no confidence with historic vote

Eau Claire, WI: Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution of no confidence in UW System President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents.  Members of AFT local 6481, United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire, collected signatures from one-third of campus faculty to call for a special meeting of all faculty on the resolution, the first such meeting at the university in nearly fifty years.  The resolution, which passed by a landslide margin of 227-98, is the latest in a wave of no confidence resolutions across the UW System, a nationally unprecedented event.

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