Everyone at the Teaching Assistants Union is excited and please to be working with you this year. Personally, I've enjoyed talking with all of you during department orientations. As you know, we're entering a bargaining year. It's only through the continued effort of all members that we'll be able to secure a FAIR contract, one that represents our value to the educational mission of Western.
- Tuition Remission: Some of you have called with concerns regarding your tuition being paid for in a timely manner. After talking with the Dean of the Graduate School, we're able to provide information, although not much help. We've been told that the process of crediting your account is on-going and will take place for up to two weeks into the school year. Keep in mind that our current contract does NOT waive the enrollment or other fees. If you are still waiting for your tuition to be paid for after this time, please email Eric Denby at presidentTAUAFT@gmail.com.
- Health Care: In my opinion, our current "health care" option through the school is inadequate and expensive. This will be a bargaining issue. Some of us are able to take part in the Affordable Health Care Act and receive subsidies. If you'd like to talk with an expert about the ACA, please visit the TAU table at the Graduate Student Fair this Wednesday from 3 pm to 6 pm. Find out more about the graduate fair here.
- Fractional Appointments: I'll be sending a memo out in a week or so, but as a reminder, if you are on a fractional appointment, you should receive that fraction of the base minimum pay AND nine tuition credits. For example, if you're a half-time appointment, you should receive 4.5 tuition credits paid for. If you're not receiving the proper amount of tuition credits, please contact Kevin Wordelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Teaching Assistants Union