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TAA's "Pay Us Back" Campaign Pays Off

August 8, 2013

On August 6, 2013, UW-Madison announced a pay raise for TAs and most PAs. However, the official story left out the year-long “Pay Us Back” campaign that the TAA ran (and UFAS supported) which culminated in these raises. As TAA member Eleni Schirmer put it: "What [Vice Chancellor Darrell] Bazzell means is, grad assistants at UW can come to the table because they have a union. And because they have a union, fairness gets raised as an issue. UW, let us know if you need help with the next press release."

This is good news not only for TAA members, but for faculty and academic staff too. Adequate pay for graduate workers is crucial for maintaining the high quality of the UW’s academic programs and ensuring that departments remain competitive in attracting and retaining the most talented graduate students. Moreover, this victory for our sister union the TAA shows how all of Wisconsin's public employees can still win gains with direct action and informal bargaining, even after losing legal collective bargaining rights to Scott Walker's Act 10. Great work, TAA!

Palermo's Workers Turn Tables, Put UW Chancellor on Trial

In August 2013 the South Central Federation of Labor's Union Labor News reported on the administrative appeal hearing of Charity Schmidt, co-president of our sister union the TAA (AFT Local 3220). UFAS members testified in support of Schmidt at the hearing.

UFAS Member Defends Freedom of Assembly

July 9, 2013

Wisconsin Public Radio News reports that a Madison federal judge temporarily barred the Capitol Police from requiring permits for groups smaller than 20 to protest in the Capitol building.The plaintiff is none other than United Faculty and Academic Staff member and UW-Madison assistant professor Michael Kissick. Thank you, Michael, for standing up for the rights of Wisconsin citizens!

UFAS Resolution to Chancellor Search and Screen Committee

November 27, 2012

The following resolution was sent to the UW-­Madison Chancellor Search and Screen Committee on November 27, 2012.

Dear Professor McDonald,

I am writing in my capacity as a tenured faculty member at UW-Madison and vice president of United Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS), AFT Local 223, to you in your capacity as chairman of the UW-Madison Chancellor Search and Screen Committee.

AFT-W Higher Ed Council on UW Surplus, HR Design

May 6, 2013

The AFT-Wisconsin Higher Education Council released the following statement on May 6, 2013, concerning the redesign of the UW Personnel Systems and revelations that the UW System had accumulated a surplus that exceeded $1 billion.

CONTACT: Bryan Kennedy

PHONE: 414-517-3864

UFAS Welcomes Blank as UW-Madison Chancellor, Urges Her to Support Worker Rights on Campus

March 22, 2013

MADISON, Wis. – On March 18, a special committee of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recommended Dr. Rebecca Blank to become the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. United Faculty and Academic Staff welcomes Dr. Blank and looks forward to working with her. United Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS) is an independent affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 223, AFL-CIO, democratically organized to represent faculty and academic staff at both UW-Madison and UW-Extension.