Friday December 10th 6pm CDT
From the WUU President:
We have set the WUU annual meeting for December 10, 6:00 pm. It’ll be remote (email us for Zoom link) and you’re invited to join us for an informal get-together. We’ve got some news and things to talk about, but it’s first and foremost a social gathering.
Looking forward to seeing you then.
United Faculty and Staff (UFAS) calls on the University of Wisconsin–Madison and UW System to:
1) Require all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
2) Continue to require masking and social distancing.
3) Continue to require frequent testing among unvaccinated staff, students, and faculty and implement randomized testing among all staff, students, and faculty, regardless of vaccination status.
4) Utilize best practices for improved ventilation.
5) Institute a more flexible policy on remote or hybrid teaching modalities for all faculty, instructional academic staff, and graduate instructors.
6) Increase investments in UW–Madison’s mental healthcare resources to address the mental health challenges accompanying a year and a half of death, illness, and disruption.
7) Allow for broad flexibility in remote work arrangements for all campus workers.
The Beck-Elder Award was created in recognition of meritorious service to the Wisconsin University Union by Anatole Beck and Joe Elder to further shared governance, academic freedom, and to protect employee rights. To honor Professor Beck, WUU has written a piece about his extraordinary life and service to the UW-Madison.
Wisconsin University Union Executive Committee is launching a new initiative, the Beck-Elder Awards, to provide funding in support of governance and a democratic workplace on campus. The full announcement with details on how to apply is viewable as a GoogleDoc here. Application deadline is April 1.
Ten years ago, Act 10 was implemented in Wisconsin against the wishes of the vast majority of Wisconsin workers who held unprecedented, peaceful, huge, protests for months. Act 10 “saved labor” only in the sense that it reduced workers ability to organize, forced workers to pay more for benefits, reduced their wages, increased their work load, and made their employment more precarious. The link to the Wisconsin State Journal shows the amazing photos of our protests.
Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) launched WageForward.org It sets out an enforceable, binding agreement between global brands and unions to pay living wages to garment workers. The groups represent a broad coalition of unions, advocacy groups and NGOs. The proposal requires payment of a living wage contribution on every order signatory brands place with any supplier. This contribution directly goes to workers. The contribution is based on the gap between statutory minimum wages and estimated living wages. The proposed agreement also includes strong protections for workers’ right to organize and the guaranteed access to a 24-hour complaint mechanism to report violations to the agreement. Learn more at WageForward.org, and see the current list of academic endorsers here (please add your name if you have an academic appointment by emailing Sarah Newell of the WSRN, email@example.com).
Friends and colleagues,
After some quiet time, the Wisconsin University Union is stepping up because so many University employees are facing serious challenges with their jobs.
We’re asking you to join, in anticipation of new elections to be held
in October. Annual dues are only $10. You can send a check or pay
through PayPal. Please join by October 15.
WUU works to give faculty and staff an effective voice in the governance of the institution. WUU helps employees navigate processes for grievances and appeals, and assists with outside legal help when appropriate. If you know UW faculty or staff who need such assistance, please contact us.
Joe Salmons and Lydia Zepeda
WUU President and Treasurer