Reminder: The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) annually awards four $1,000 scholarships to students attending an accredited, post-secondary school and taking at least six credits. All applications for this year’s scholarships must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, June 26, 2015. For complete rules and an official application form, download the PDF of the scholarship application form from the Local 243 website.

In addition, the Dodge County Chapter of the South Central Federation of Labor awards two $500 scholarships to students attending an accredited, post-secondary school.

In order to qualify, the scholarship applicant or one of his/her parents or a legal guardian must be a member of a labor organization affiliated with the South Central Federation of Labor at the time of application, and live or work in Dane, Sauk, Iowa, Dodge, Jefferson, or Columbia counties.

Scholarship winners are selected by a lottery drawing.

Union Fishing Day PosterIt’s time to go fishing for bluegills and bass! The Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin is sponsoring a “Take the Kids Fishing Day” at Vilas Park from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. A picnic-style lunch will be served after the event.

Don’t own any fishing gear? Don’t worry: Fishing poles and bait will be available for use.

Organizers say this FREE event “is a perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the benefits of fishing and the abundance of public access opportunities available in our community.”

Although the Fishing Day is free and open to the public, it is limited to the first 150 kids whose parents or guardian register them. Please pre-register by Monday, June 15th. For additional registration, you may download the flyer for the 2015 Madison area “Take the Kids Fishing Day.”

Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: I spoke with the election committee yesterday. The results are still being verified so the election can be certified. The current challenge is that they are trying to get responses concerning all of the write-in votes – we can’t force someone to accept a position, so they are making sure those who won by write-in accept.

Email 2Email has become such an important, accepted way of communicating that it is easy to forget it’s not all that private — especially when you’re using it at work. As a recent article on the Bloomberg Business website noted, “Courts have found that workers don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy when on the job. Your boss, for example, can read your work e-mail.”

In addition, Federal and State laws require MATC to archive employee communications for a variety of purposes, including compliance with the State Open Records Law and Federal and State litigation-related records retention rules. Recently, The Capital Times requested and received copies of some emails, which were cited in an article headlined “MATC officials spar with staff hoping to thwart plan to close, sell downtown campus.” Note the second paragraph in this article by reporter Pat Schneider:

“A group of our faculty/staff is lobbying to keep DTEC (the Downtown Education Center) and is trying to rally the students and the public about the issues,” Daniels told top administrators and members of the college board of trustees in an email obtained by the Capital Times through an open records request.

The Local 243 newsletter published on March 10, 2011 featured a full page article summarizing MATC policy about archiving emails and voicemails. Most of the content of that article is reprinted below. It is full of information you need to know. Take time to read it.

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Checkmark-225wThe MATC District Board “punted on a controversial proposal to sell its campus Downtown and expand its presence on the South Side at a Wednesday night meeting,” according to a report by Dan Simmons published in the Wisconsin State Journal.

“The plan – which failed to pass on a 4-4 vote with one board seat vacant — prompted intense testimony by a list of city luminaries followed by a robust, at times testy debate among the board,” writes Simmons. “If we sell it, it’s gone forever,” board member Joseph Hasler said of the proposal that would have given the college authority to start hearing offers to sell the Downtown campus. “It’s a valuable piece of property.”

Ultimately, board members unanimously passed resolutions to abandon the West campus — the third, uncontroversial piece of President Daniels’ plan — and “take more time for the college to flesh out plans” for both the DTEC and South Madison sites.

You may access the complete Wisconsin State Journal article via this link. Additional information about the Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATC District Board Meeting should be available in the [forthcoming] minutes.

Nominations are now open for positions on the AFT-Wisconsin Executive Board

May 14, 2015

All elected offices of AFT-Wisconsin’s Executive Board are open for nomination at the 2015 AFT-Wisconsin Convention, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Madison on October 23-25, 2015. The offices are President; Executive Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; four At-Large Vice Presidents; and one Vice President for each council (PK-12, WTCS, Higher Education, State […]

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