As per our union bylaws, the outgoing officers have prepared their annual report to the membership. You may view that report here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce that the votes are in and our members approved both our slate of candidates and our 2015-2016 budget.
Here are the detailed results:
31 TAU members cast votes (10% of our Spring 2015 membership)
Kristie Bailey (100%)
Jaafar Hachem (100%)
Adarsh Anand (100%)
Claire Herhold (100%)
Thanks to all who voted!
March 30 was the deadline for nominations for our 2015-2016 candidates and we are pleased to present you with the following slate of candidates. Elections will take place in two weeks, along with a request to ratify our 2015-2016 budget.
President - Kristie Bailey (Political Science)
Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, I began my higher education at Grand Rapids Community College, where I earned my associate degree. I earned my B.A. in philosophy and political science from Aquinas College. I’m a third-year PhD student of political science at WMU. My fields are political theory and American politics. In particular, I’m interested in radical democratic theory and queer theory. I’m preparing to teach National Government in the fall.
I would like to serve as vice president of TAU to use my expertise from negotiating the contract with WMU and the relationships that I have built with administration to further strengthen the union to meet its goals of protecting the rights of my fellow TAs and improving the quality of education at WMU. I moved here from Dearborn, Michigan to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and to further understand the mechanism of insulin resistance, the cause of diabetes, to pave the way for new treatments of this disease by using Insulin mimetics. Because the TAU vice president is also our grievance officer, I will try to solve any problems that arise between a member and his/her department in the quickest and best possible way whether it is a contract violation issue or any other issue.
|Departments are sending out appointment letters now for 2015-2016 appointments. TAU does not receive a copy of your letter, so we need your help to enforce our contract. Here a few key problems to watch for:1. Your department should not offer you an appointment next year at a fraction lower than your current appointment. In other words, if you have a full appointment this year, your department should not offer you a fractional appointment next year. If you have a 3/4 appointment this year, your department should not offer you a lower fraction next year.
Article 9(1)(b) of our contract states that "If an Employee’s graduate appointment under the classification of teaching is renewed, there should be no reduction in the appointment type or funding level unless by mutual agreement of the Employer and Employee." The key word in this section is "mutual." You cannot be compelled or coerced to accept a reduced appointment. Your department may ask and you may say yes, but you are not obligated to say yes. If this happens to you, please reply to this message and let us know right now.
2. We are still negotiating our pay, benefits and working conditions with WMU, so anything in the initial appointment letters that go out this month is subject to change. For an update on negotiations or with any questions about negotiations, you can reply to this email to contact our bargaining team. We expect to complete negotiations within the next 4 to 6 weeks.
3. Your residency status in the state of Michigan should NOT affect your tuition award. Our contract guarantees all TAs a certain number of paid tuition credits each semester, depending on your funding level, and WMU may not charge non-residents for the difference between resident and non-resident tuition. If this happens to you, please reply to this email to let us know now.
4. You are entitled to use your TA tuition remission to pay for online or off-campus (EUP) courses if the courses are required for your graduate program. TAU won a grievance with the university last fall over this very issue. You should NEVER be denied tuition remission for an EUP course that is part of your approved course of study.
If you have comments, questions or concerns about your appointment letter or any other issue, please contact me at email@example.com.
Could you use $200 for professional development? Is there a conference you'd like to attend to become a better scholar or teacher. Do you need a little extra money to complete your research? What about that new tool that would help you be a better teacher? Then consider applying for the TAU Professional Development Grant. The application is simple and quick and winners are chosen by random lottery. Only TAU members are eligible to apply.
See the link for more information. - http://www.tauaft.org/grant/