Pay increase imageA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

At its November 10, 2014 meeting, the Madison Area Technical College District Board ratified the wage increases Local 243 negotiated for Full Time Faculty and PSRP/ESP employees.

College administrators had some concerns about a wage change occurring at the same time the new WorkDay software is being implemented. To address this, Local 243 has agreed to have the money distributed as a blended rate. (We have former union officers and math faculty making sure the math is correct).

  • Everyone (FT Faculty and PSRP/ESP) will start receiving the increased wage rate with the November 26, 2014 paycheck.
  • Everyone will receive a separate paycheck on December 05, 2014 for the amount of back pay from July 01, 2014 through the middle of November.

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string-around-fingerLocal 243 members should mark their calendars and make plans to attend one or more of these important meetings scheduled for the first two weeks December 2014:

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – Local 243 Forum meeting at 5 p.m. in Room C1435 on the Truax Campus – All members may attend
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Local 243 Faculty Chapter meeting from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Location TBA
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Local 243 PSRP/ESP Chapter meeting from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Location TBA
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Madison Area Technical College District Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Madison Area Technical College’s Truax Campus
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Local 243 Forum meeting at 5 p.m. in Room C1423B on the Truax Campus – All members may attend

Albert-EinsteinMany well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former United Nations Undersecretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.

Albert Einstein was a founding member of AFT Local 552 at Princeton University in 1938. He devoted an entire chapter of his memoir “Out of My Later Years” to his thoughts on the “organization of intellectual workers.” Here’s a brief selection:

“An organization of intellectual workers can have the greatest significance for society as a whole by influencing public opinion through publicity and education. Indeed, it is the proper task to defend academic freedom, without which a healthy development of democracy is impossible.”

Checkmark-225wA message from Jimmy DeGidio, AFT Local 243 Faculty Vice President:

As part of our continuing efforts to address the recent unconventional faculty hiring, we met with Dr. Daniels this morning [Friday, November 7, 2014]. He reassured us that this hire was an exception to the practice. We will be taking this to the (ERPD) Employee Relations and Professional Development council this afternoon. We are continuing to work with AFT on this issue. Now is the most important time for us to work together to make sure that the councils represent our interests. In these challenging times ahead we will need to be stronger than ever and continue to support each other at every opportunity. The union will continue to advocate for all members. Feel free to contact us with any ideas, interests, options, or suggestions.