WUU enthusiastically endorses the Paid Family Leave resolution that will be considered by the UW-Madison Faculty Senate on 6 March 2023 and by the Academic Staff Assembly on 13 March.
The resolution brings important attention to a June, 2022, report from an ad hoc Working Group on Family Leave for UW-Madison Employees. That report provides a detailed summary of the many gaps and inconsistencies in current policies at UW-Madison, the value and public support for paid family leave, for recruitment competitiveness and for equity in the workplace.
The report’s strong recommendations include: “Provide for all employees to receive at least six weeks of fully paid leave after a birth, adoption, or foster placement, separate from other paid leave benefits…[and establish] a timeline for phased increases over a period of two to three bienniums to a range of 8-12 weeks of fully paid leave.”
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.
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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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with initial evaluation typically within a month.
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
WUU endorses the PROFS position on UW system reorganization and UW-Superior program closures. Shared governance is one of our founding principles. You can read the full statement here.
In response to the Executive Order released last week that directs, among many problematic measures, a 90-day suspension of immigration of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen; a stay on the order was issued by Judge Connelly in New York. A victory for the local ACLU. Here is the text of that document.
The stay is a short term victory. The Executive Order includes many other threats, much questionable language, and academics across the country have responded to these threats with a petition. Here is the press release for that petition. Please read the press release for the complete stance on the petition.
More than 6,000 academics signed in the first 24 hours after the order was issued. More than 42,000 have signed total. At least 30,000 are US Faculty Members. Other signatories include post-doctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, masters students and non-US scholars. Here is the home page for the petition.
Wide circulation is highly encouraged. To sign, send an email, preferably from a .edu address, to: NoToImmigrationEO@gmail.com.
The *subject line* of the email should include your: name, award/distinction, title, affiliation.
Image: “IIE delegation in Tehran, Iran” – with credit to IHE, 8/18/2015
The Associated Students of Madison (ASM) is the democratically elected body of student government on our campus. They represent the student’s interests above all else.
In response to recent discussions, there is evidence to suggest that “Concealed Carry Legislation” is proposed for passage by the capital in January.
Concealed Carry Legislation would allow concealed carry of weapons on UW-Madison campus. ASM interprets this as a threat to student safety. The voice of the students has spoken.
WUU E-Board would like to invite you to join the opposition to this legislation. Here is a link to a petition you may sign: Support our students, oppose concealed carry on campus!
In December the UW-Madison Faculty Senate voted to support undocumented students. In an additional resolution the senate voted to re-affirm protections for those who are the victims of discrimination, particularly Muslim students (photo credit: Daily Cardinal).