TAA at UW Madison Will Press On for Fair Pay, Fee Relief, Quality Policies, and Shared Governance


TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-Madison

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On April 26, Co-Presidents of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) attended a meeting with university administrators calling for them to commit to supporting graduate workers and international students at UW-Madison. The meeting was proposed in a letter from Vice Chancellor Heller and Dean Karpus after informing the TAA that our call for fair pay, fee relief, quality policies, and representation in shared governance was being rejected.

During the meeting the Co-Presidents informed the administrators that additional TAA graduate workers wanted to join and opened the door to let the workers in. As they walked in, Dean Karpus tried to push a graduate worker out of the office before leaving the meeting and calling the police. Vice Chancellor Heller and Director Sheehan left when graduate workers started telling stories about their working conditions at the university. The police declared the gathering unlawful and arrested and removed graduate workers who stayed in the room.

University administrators’ actions during the meeting and their responses to graduate workers’ requests for meaningful dialogue are disappointing. Instead of improving our working conditions, they pushed us aside and called the police on us. Instead of responding to our requests, they published a press release full of inaccurate and misleading claims.

We ask the administration to engage in good-faith discussions and adhere to shared governance by not making unilateral decisions about our employment policies. Administrators cannot continue to push around graduate workers, cannot continue to put graduate workers into poverty, cannot continue to discriminate against international students, and cannot continue to put graduate workers at risk by letting them work without any consistent policies.

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These demands are echoed by resolutions of support from the Faculty Senate, from the Associated Students of Madison, and from the voices of hundreds of graduate workers and allies who attended the peaceful sit-in on April 5. The TAA will press onwards until the university administration takes responsibility for graduate working conditions, and takes meaningful steps to provide fair pay, fee relief, quality policies, and representation in shared governance.

TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-Madison

TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-Madison

Activists and World Leaders Reject US-Backed Coup in Venezuela

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Caracas (GPA) – Leaders throughout Latin America and the world have rejected Tuesday’s coup attempt against Nicolas Maduro. A military uprising began Tuesday morning after a speech by opposition leader Juan Guaido. With full support of the United States and its allies, Guaido illegally proclaimed himself “interim president” in January.

In a tweet, Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the attempted coup on Tuesday stating, “We strongly condemn the attempted coup d’état on #Venezuela the part of the right which is submissive to foreign interests. Sure that the courageous Bolivarian revolution at the head of the brother @NicolasMaduro, will be imposed on this new attack of the Empire.”

Morales went on to say that the United States “seeks to provoke violence and death in #Venezuela, does not care about human losses.” Morales also called on Latin American governments to condemn the coup attempt and prevent the escalation of violence.

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel has likewise rejected the coup attempt, tweeting on Tuesday, “We reject this coup movement that seeks to fill the country with violence.” In his tweet, Diaz-Canel referred to the opposition as “traitors” who are creating “anxiety and terror.”

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has also spoken out, calling for an end to aggression against Latin American countries. Rodriguez also condemned the coup attempt in a tweet on Tuesday saying, “We strongly condemn attempted coup d’etat on #Venezuela. Strong support and solidarity of #Cuba the constitutional President of that Sister Nation @NicolasMaduro to his government and to the Bolivarian and Chavista people.”

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department is following the events in Venezuela closely and released the following statement, according to TeleSUR.

“Mexico reiterates its desire and commitment to finding a peaceful, democratic and dialogue-based solution to this crisis, always privileging unrestricted respect for human rights. Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consultations are being held with the other sixteen Montevideo Mechanism countries in order to find a common path.”

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reportedly stated that he believes in both nonintervention and dialogue during a Tuesday morning press conference.

Brazil’s Worker’s Party congressman and journalist Paulo Pimenta tweeted on Tuesday, “it is very serious what is happening in Venezuela and it has a name: coup attempt.”

Pimenta also shared video of Maduro supporters rallying in front of Miraflores Palace.

The government of Spain has taken to Twitter to denounce the violence in Venezuela and call for “a peaceful democratic process.”

Early on Tuesday, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced both Colombia and the United States for supporting the actions of self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaido.

We inform the people of Venezuela that we are currently confronting and deactivating a small group of traitorous military personnel who positioned themselves in the Altamira Distributor to promote a coup d’état against the Constitution and the peace of the Republic… This attempt was joined by the murderous far-right… We call on the people to remain on high alert to, together with the glorious Bolivarian National Armed Forces, defeat the coup attempt and preserve peace… We denounce to the international community the support of the Colombian government for this new coup attempt in Venezuela. From Washington and Bogota, all the last months’ unsuccessful unconstitutional actions in Venezuela have been planned.”

Venezuelan minister Vladimir Padrino has states that military personnel “stand firm in defense of the National Constitution and its legitimate authorities.” President Nicolas Maduro has tweeted similar sentiments.

Scenes from Caracas show Maduro supporters gathering in the streets, denouncing this latest coup attempt and US support for the opposition.

In the United States, the Embassy Protection Collective continues to hold the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC, with the blessing of Venezuela’s government. As the situation continues to unfold in Venezuela, opposition supporters have gathered at the embassy.

Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence stated “We are with you!” in a tweet directed at Juan Guaido and the National Assembly.

More images from VA’s on the ground team reporting Venezuelans mobilizing in defense of their national sovereignty and peace outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas. / https://venezuelanalysis.com/

150 Plus Businesses to Close on May Day to go to Madison!

100+ businesses will close on May 1st to go to Madison to fight for driver licenses! If you know of others please post them in the comments! #MayDay #DayWithoutLatinxs #LuchandoPorLicencias

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Oasis Nevería de Green Bay va a cerrar en solidaridad el 1ro de mayo para luchar por las licencias de conducir! Oasis Nevería in Green Bay is closing on May Day to fight for driver licenses for all!

Oasis Nevería of green bay will be closing in solidarity on may 1th to fight for driver’s licenses! Oasis Nevería in green bay is closing on may day to fight for driver for all!

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US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela


One of the first to ratify his support for the coup was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who has tweeted 30 messages vehemently to express his desire to see President Maduro deposed.

International law seems to matter little to the United States (U.S.) government as they once again have publicly expressed support for a coup attempt against the constitutional and democratically elected government of Venezuela.

One of the first to ratify his support for the destabilizing attempt was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who since early Tuesday morning as news of an attempted coup reached the world, has tweeted 30 messages vehemently to express his desire to see President Nicolas Maduro deposed.

In response, Venezuelan state officials have denounced the comments issued by the foreigner government leaders. “In a shameless and immoral way, the US government recognizes its authorship in this criminal attempt of a coup in Venezuela! They show the world their desire to destroy our Homeland!” Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, tweeted on Tuesday.

Early this Tuesday Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez reported that a group of about 50 soldiers located in the Altamira highway, in eastern Caracas, to promote a coup supporting the far-right’s agenda….


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Argentina: Unions Call for National Shutdown on May Day

Argentinian unions to have national strike on May Day against Macri

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Argentinian labor unions called for a national strike against President Mauricio Macri’s fiscal austerity programme. Local media reported Tuesday that the protesters are planning a complete shutdown of flights, metro, banks, and schools.

A rally led by various unions is scheduled for International Labor Day on May 1. Politicians from the opposition will also join the rally.

“This strike is a demonstration of repudiation by our society of a government which has produced hunger, misery, unemployment, and indebtedness,” said Hugo Moyano, the head of truckers’ union.

Leaders of different unions called for a “rejection of the government’s economic policy.”

The decision to strike comes less than two weeks after the administration started freezing basic goods prices in order to control increasing inflation.

“It’s a difficult time for Argentine families. March and April have abnormally high levels of inflation due to the unstable exchange rate,” Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne said last week. “We’re convinced we’re going to win the battle against inflation.”

The government decided not to increase the prices of basic services also like transport, gas, and electricity.

“This situation is very, very bad, we [are seeing] an increase in poverty … the truth is money doesn’t buy anything,” Soledad, a social organizer, said.

A proponent of the free market, Macri, who is seeking re-election in October, came to power in 2015. But his popularity is rapidly decreasing. The main reason is the country’s declining economy.

“It really worries us, money is just not enough. I don’t earn in dollars, and it’s impossible to eat, live and pay taxes,” Elisa, a pensioner in Argentina told Al Jazeera

Reports have shown that poverty has risen to 32 percent from 26 percent in the previous year, and the current inflation rate is 45 percent.