Final General Meeting of the Semester!

Join us as we wrap up the semester and welcome Rob Henn from AFT-W and Adrienne Pagac from TAA!

Rob is the rep from our parent union, AFT-W and Adrienne is the co-president of our sister union, TAA.  TAA recently gained wage increases for graduate assistants, so Rob and Adrienne will be here to help answer questions about how to organize graduate assistants on campus, as well as any other questions that come up.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

7-9 PM

Union room 260 (across from the Wisconsin room)

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Call to order/ introductions (10 minutes)

Finalized dues proposal and vote (15 minutes)

Amended constitutional changes and referendum (20 minutes)

Rob & Adrienne address membership and questions (60 minutes)

River Trail Clean-Up Day!

Milwaukee River

Up for an afternoon of contributing to the community? Join us this Saturday at noon to help clean up the parkland along the Milwaukee River!

We’ll meet at the Beerline Trail entrance at E. Wright St. and work our way to Gordon Park. Be sure to plan on stopping by the Public House afterwards to warm up a bit afterwards!

Bags and grabbers provided but please bring gloves if you have them!

See you this Saturday!

For more info, please see the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/574771625921292/

Upcoming General Membership Meeting!

Hello MGAA members (and future members)!

Our next general membership meeting will be taking place at 7:30 on October 24 in Room 181 of the Union.

We’ll be discussing the revisions to the constitution among other things so your voice is important!

Here is the current agenda for the evening:

  • introductions (15 minutes)
  • constitution revisions (10 minute presentation, 20 minutes allocated for questions and discussion)
  • split into working groups (30 minutes)

Looking forward to seeing you all!
 

October is for Organizing!

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sign_upWe want to thank you for all of the hard work that you do and everyone likes the chance to win free groceries/beer/clothes, right? 

For the month of October,when you sign up as a member of MGAA, you will be entered into a raffle for a gift card of your choice! When you sign up a friend, you will both be entered! When you sign up to do office visits or committee work (minimum 2 hours), you will be re-entered! All current members will be automatically entered!*

Details, membership forms and dues rates can be found at mgaa.org Email mgaaplanning@gmail.com with questions or comments 

*current Executive Committee members will not be entered

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First general meeting of the semester — TOMORROW!

As a reminder, tomorrow we will be holding our first general meeting of the semester!

Thursday, 19 September || 7-9 PM
Paddy’s Pub || 2339 N. Murray Ave.

We want to keep the formal part of the meeting as brief as possible so people have a chance to socialize, as well as to talk more informally with the current EC about questions, concerns, or ideas that they might have.

Agenda:
-dues structure*
-getting involved
-Pay Us Back campaign (seg fees)
-long term strategy

*You all should have gotten the email with the proposed changes to the dues structure (if you didn’t, email mgaaplanning@gmail.com to start getting email updates!). We will have the information available at the meeting as well, so worry not!

Come to the first General Membership Meeting of the year!

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that your semester is getting off to a great start and that you had a productive (or at least enjoyable) summer!

As we all get back into the swing of things, you can expect to see folks stopping by your office to check in. We also have our first GMM of the year coming up in a few weeks. We’ll be going over some business, but we also want to give people an opportunity to check in with each other and meet people from other departments.

Here are the details:

Thursday, 19 September
7-9 PM
Paddy’s Pub
2339 N. Murray Ave.

We hope to see you there!

Community Outreach Opportunity!

This Sunday, June 30th, MGAA Community Outreach Community will be participating in the Labor Community @ Work Community Meal at St. Ben’s Church (1015 North 9th St.). This annual event serves between 500-600 meals. All food is donated, prepared, and served by members of Milwuakee’s organized labor community.

Last year, MGAA was represented by Meghan McDonald (USP), RaeAnn Anderson (Psychology) and Rachael Carlson (MLS). Proudly sporting our MGAA t-shirts, we helped serve hundreds of grateful folks and had a blast doing it! If you’re interested in joining us, come down to St.Ben’s in your MGAA shirt! Volunteering starts at 4:30pm.

In Solidarity,
Meghan McDonald

May Day 2013

For those of us who have been in Milwaukee for a few years, the annual May Day march is the thing to do on May 1st.

This year is no different! Join MGAA members, along with others from across the city (and beyond!) in a march for worker and immigrant rights. If you already have your red MGAA shirt, this would be a great day to wear it. If you don’t have one and want one, let us know and we’ll get you one!

The details:
Wednesday, 1 May | 11 AM
meet at Voces de la Frontera office (5th and National)
end at Veteran’s Park for speakers, food, etc.
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/415778108518972/ or visit VDLF.orgmayday13

How about Family Medical Leave Act coverage for GAs?!

 

At the ffmlaederal level, the FMLA allows for up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. However, at UW-Madison the Astronomy Dept instituted a policy for Research Assistants securing 12 weeks of paid leave. Given our modest stipends, how awesome would that kind of security be?!

Physics GA Maddie W. spoke at the last GMM on the importance of pursuing a campus-wide policy for GAs in need of leave related to parental duties, personal sickness, etc. Currently this is negotiated on an individual basis, but we can do better!

If you’re interested in helping Maddie get this ball rolling, contact her at whitemcATuwmedu