Members Endorse Two Important Items Related to Fall Return

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At our Special Membership Meeting on Monday, June 14, UFAS general membership endorsed two important member-led documents: 
 

1. The findings and recommendations of a report produced by the Engagement, Equity and Diversity Committee of the UW-Madison Graduate School: Report on Remote/Flexible Work & Equity. The committee distributed the report to a large group of university leaders on June 12.

 

2. A letter to the UW Board of Regents on lack of covid-19 vaccination requirements and other regulations for Fall 2021: June 2021 letter to UW Board of Regents re: fall reopening

 

Please take a look at each, share with coworkers, and let us know what you think.

 

Report on Remote/Flexible Work & Equity
The report found that a large body of research on remote and flexible work policies show these policies are great for workers who are traditionally marginalized in the workplace: women, disabled people, and people of color. Workers and management both benefit greatly from remote and flexible work policies.

 

UFAS encourages you to read the report (pages 1 through 9 of the document) and share it with others. Our hope is this report will help you and your colleagues advocate for better remote and flexible work policies. And let us know how you’re feeling about the “return to campus” this August! 

 

Letter to UW Board of Regents

The letter to the UW Board of Regents addresses concern for the well-being and health of students, staff, faculty, and wider communities. It urges that UW System policies be aligned with the American Colleges Health Association (ACHA)’s “Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education for the Fall Semester 2021”, posted on May 25, 2021. These guidelines recommend COVID-19 vaccine requirements, a policy that hundreds of campuses across the nation are implementing to protect their communities, and specific accommodations and detailed practices for campuses that do not require vaccines for fall reopening. University of Wisconsin System schools are members of the ACHA.

 

These were both member-led initiatives and gained full support of UFAS members at the Special Membership Meeting. We fight best when we fight together! Please provide your input on both documents to the UFAS steering committee: email us with your thoughts or to set up a call at ufas223@gmail.com.

 

Solidarity,

UFAS Steering Committee