Shared governanceA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:
Shared Governance arrived at Madison College on Monday, September 15, 2014. It is “an important first step in the move toward the formal creation of a new organizational model that will draw upon the expertise and practical experience of Madison College faculty, staff, and administrators is the election of seven at-large members to serve on the college’s inaugural College Assembly.”

An e-mail that includes a Call for Nominations to serve on the College Assembly was sent to Madison College employees at our Madison and regional campuses. This form, as its name implies, allows employees to nominate themselves or others for an at-large seat on this important committee.

Some of the language used by the Administration in conjunction with this nomination has been confusing; in particular, this paragraph:

“The call for nominees is a process open only to members of the at-large represented employee groups. The initial voting is also limited only to those being represented. Once the final nominees are determined, all employees may vote for one nominee from each at-large group.”

What follows is an explanation of the nominations and elections process for Shared Governance that should clarify this language, as well as provide a “big picture” of how this process will unfold:

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Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Tentative Agreements have been reached. There is one last clarification necessary prior to ratification votes. Each Chapter (ESP/PSRP and FT Faculty) will plan, announce and conduct a ratification vote. The increase is 1.25% distributed as 1% effective July 01, 2014 and an additional 0.5% effective January 01, 2015. Each chapter will provide additional information specific to the members of that employee group. Increases are retroactive to July 2014, if/when the TAs are ratified. One way to estimate your new rate is to multiply what you currently earn by 1.01 (for July through December) and then multiply that by 1.005 (for January through the next negotiated change).

Wisconsin Act 10 and associated acts essentially limit negotiations to base wages within specific parameters. That is why longevity, educational attainment, benefits, and most every other previous contract provision were not negotiated this summer. Post-Act 10 contracts often can be printed on a single piece of paper, as they only address base wages. Regardless of their brevity, they are legal contracts. Again, each Chapter will provide more information. Thanks, again, to the Bargaining Teams!

Get Out the VoteLocal 243 members are encouraged to volunteer to work on projects to get out the vote for Wisconsin’s Fall General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2013.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and Workers’ Voice — a Political Action Committee representing and fighting for all working families, union and non-union, in political and legislative campaigns — are actively seeking volunteers to work on phone banks, canvasses, data entry, letter writing, and general office work from now through Election Day. In addition, if you are willing to serve as a ward captain, special training sessions will be offered every Thursday.

Madison Headquarters for this effort to get out the vote are located in Room 212 at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street. Download a complete schedule of activities, determine what times/days work best for your, and then show up at the Labor Temple to make your contribution to this important cause. Questions may be directed to Call Sam at (608)279-9356 or to Greg Neil at (608) 556-9521.

Important note from Sam and Greg: “We will not be engaging in Voter contact and Volunteer recruitment during Packer Games.”

Complete your Local 243 membership form online

August 26, 2014

Signing up for membership in Local 243 is easy. An online membership form is now available. Please take a moment to complete the form today: it’s as easy as One,Two, Three, Four: Go to the AFT-Wisconsin website and click on 0243-Madison Area Tech College in the drop down box of the ‘Stand up. Speak up. [...]

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by making sure you’re registered to vote in November election

August 26, 2014

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this year and honor the memories of the brave women who worked long and hard [...]

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Labor History: Ziefield Follies chorus girls unionize

August 18, 2014

Ninety-five years ago, during August 1919 while the members of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) were on strike, the chorus girls in the Ziegfield Follies create their own union, the Chorus Equity Association, after they learned their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association. They were helped by a $100,000 donation from superstar [...]

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Wisconsin Legislature studying ways to replace local control of technical colleges

August 5, 2014

The Wisconsin Legislature may not be in session, but that doesn’t mean that there are no important activities taking place under the State Capitol Dome. The current Republican-dominated Wisconsin Legislature is discussing ways to replace local control of technical colleges by centralizing decision-making power in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The 2014 Legislative Council [...]

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AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas responds to Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on Act 10

August 1, 2014

A message from, Kim Kohlhaas, President AFT-Wisconsin: This morning [Thursday, July 31, 2014], the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its ruling in Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, in which the Court’s conservative majority overturned Judge Juan Colas’s 2012 decision that found most of Act 10 unconstitutional for municipal employees. The decision did not affect our state [...]

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A report from the Local 243 delegates who attended the 2014 AFT National Convention

July 20, 2014

Ten members of Local 243 attended the AFT National Conference held in Los Angeles, California from July 10-14, 2014 as delegates. They participated in workshops, listened to a range of inspirational speeches, and unanimously voted for the Progressive Caucus of- Randi Weingarten President, Loretta Johnson AFT Secretary/Treasurer, Mary Cathryn Ricker AFT Executive Vice President. A [...]

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Follow AFT on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on important national issues

July 20, 2014

Social media is an increasingly important way to communicate. AFT National has a Twitter account and a Facebook page. FOLLOW the Twitter account and LIKE the Facebook page to stay abreast of issues affecting AFT members. Also remember that you can share posts from this blog by using the buttons at the end of each [...]

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