1970 – UW Madison Teaching Assistants Strike Ends

On this date, after a year of negotiations and a 24-day strike, the University of Wisconsin signed a labor contract with the Teaching Assistants’ Association, the local labor union of graduate students paid for teaching and research work at the university. Among their demands were sick leave, fringe benefits, and an end to layoffs due to reduced work load. The new contract also permitted TA participation in planning the courses they taught. UW-Madison was the first university in the United States to have a graduate student union. [Source:   by Darryl Holter]