Students Protest Union Busting Move At U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Graduate students who teach at a University of Wisconsin college say the Dean there has broken his promise to honor their union contract. The students say Dean Rodney Swain of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Letters and Sciences has sent out a letter saying there is no current contract, so UWM would be discontinuing summer tuition remission for the union members. This benefit allowed summer tuition remission for graduating assistants who must take a summer class to fulfill their degree. The union says while cuts to the college’s budget may prompt the administration’s action, it is not right to pay for budget cuts on the backs of graduate workers. The union is pressing Dr. Swain to honor the spirit of his promise of March, 2011 and “do no harm” to workers’ contracts.

Aerial Shot at Madison, WI Workers' Rights Rally- photo by Matt Johnson

Aerial View-Massive Crowd At Madison Rally

ow many people showed up for the March 12, 2011 workers’ rights rally in Madison, Wisconsin? Estimates range all over the board, but it was a huge number. Look at the shot from this crane by The UpTake’s Matt Johnson. There is a river of people all the way down State Street.