This is in from the Teaching Assistants’ Association:
“In a big victory for graduate assistants, workers represented by the TAA will be exempted from state employee furloughs.”
A little background from my (limited) understanding: TAA is the union representing all teaching and research assistants. This includes all La Follette assistantships as well as roughly 3,000 graduate employees at UW-Madison. All TAs and PAs are members, although participation varies. More information can be had on the TAA website: http://www.taa-madison.org/about/index.html.
Anyone care to comment or give further insight?