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ERIC Number: EJ877512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Reeling in the Years
Czitrom, Daniel
Academe, v96 n1 p34-36 Jan-Feb 2010
From 1973 to 1976 the author served as history department shop steward for the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) at the University of Wisconsin (UW), the oldest such union in the country and the first to bargain collectively and obtain a contract. When he arrived in Madison in 1971 to pursue a PhD in American history, the TAA already had a tumultuous history. Its political and economic successes had made it an important presence on the UW campus. It began in the spring of 1966 when several dozen teaching assistants (TAs) held a series of meetings to discuss campus antidraft protests. Many of these TAs were antiwar activists themselves, and they were especially concerned that, under the draft laws of the day, giving a failing grade to a male student was equivalent to sending him to Vietnam. In 1967, the TAA went on a four-day strike to protest police brutality against antiwar students who had sat-in to protest Dow Chemical recruitment on campus. In these years the TAA also joined with undergraduates in a variety of educational reform efforts and teaching innovations at UW, including participation in departmental curriculum committees. In this article, the author presents a review of the TAA's achievements with an eye toward which strategies and tactics might still prove fruitful for organizing today. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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