Full Time Faculty are invited to provide their input on Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) issues at a listening session scheduled from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Room D2625 on the Truax Campus.

Carola Pfortner, one of the three representatives for the Full Time Faculty on the IBPS/Contract Alternative Committee, will be at this listening session to listen to member input and insights in preparation for the next IBPS/Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) meeting.

According to Pfortner, “Among issues to be discussed by the CAC in the near future are faculty workload (professional development; non-teaching work, i.e. service, learning facilitation) and the assessment of the workload quantitatively. Furthermore, up for discussion is the next round of early retirement, sick leave, and due process.”

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Celebrate May Day (International Workers’ Day) by helping to “raise the roof at the Monona Terrace” at a rally in support of public education.

Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union (pictured front, right), will be one of the speakers at a May Day rally at Monona Terrace in Madison

Join The Progressive magazine and other organizations for the “Rally to Defend Public Education.” The main event is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. It will be preceded by a pre-event networking social from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m .

The event will be headline by two compelling speakers: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and John Kuhn, a Texas school superintendent. They have been fighting to save our public education system from the privatizers and profiteers in two diverse corners of America.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

Sisters and Brothers,

Please read the following email from Aaron Bibb, lead staff representative at AFT-Wisconsin — and then let’s help spread the word! Please show solidarity by supporting the Monona Grove teachers’ union members in whatever way you can (e.g., distribute flyers, show up, encourage others).

Click here to read the complete email message from Aaron Bill

A message from Wayne A Sigelko (on behalf of the Election Committee):

Due to some difficulties with the election software, we will need to postpone the Local 243 election until next week. We will update you with starting and ending times for the election when we have the difficulties ironed out. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.

A message from Jonathan Z.S. Pollack, Chair, AFT Local 243 Elections Committee:

The Local 243 Elections Committee is pleased to announce our upcoming election.

Beginning on Monday, April 21 and continuing through Friday, April 25 at 5 pm. We will be electing union officers, forum representatives, delegates to the AFT and AFT-Wisconsin conventions, as well as to the South Central Federation of Labor. We will also be electing members of the bargaining team for each chapter.

The election will be conducted electronically, in the same manner as recent elections. Ballots will be sent to the PRIVATE email address you provided when you renewed your membership in Local 243. IN ORDER TO VOTE IN THE ELECTION OR TO SERVE AS AN OFFICER, DELEGATE OR BARGAINING TEAM REPRESENTATIVE YOU MUST BE A MEMBER. [click to continue…]

A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio:

Dear Madison College Staff and Full-time Faculty,

Full-time faculty may notice on their April 15, 2014 pay advice that the College has deducted union dues.

Local 243 has requested the College refund those deductions to all employees. In addition, AFT has been able to ‘place a hold’ on the automatic deduction of Local 243 dues for those of you who have reMembered. We have taken these actions to assure that dues are only collected from recommitted Local 243 members and that those members do not experience duplicate dues deductions.

The College informed me they were “able to update the PeopleSoft HR/Payroll system to stop the union deductions for the PSRP pay checks being issued on April 18.” This means that PSRP will NOT have union dues deducted by the college from the paychecks they will receive this Friday.

We anticipate this will be corrected quickly and are committed to doing what we can to assist the College in achieving a fast and easy resolution. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Organizers report that hundreds of Wisconsinites attended the March 28, 2014 Rally to ReMember at the Alliant Center. The event, sponsored by AFT Local 243, grew out of the union’s reMember campaign (membership drive) and expanded into an event to ReMember what has happened since the passage of Act 10 and to remind everyone to remember to vote in the upcoming Fall elections.

The keynote speaker for the rally was MSNBC TV personality Ed Schultz, a strong supporter of workers’ rights. Other speakers included AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson; AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas; Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin; Kevin Gundlach, President of the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL); and Andy Czerkas, a former Local 243 member who now heads The River Food Pantry.

For those unable to attend to rally — and those who want to remember this exciting and inspiring event — Local 243 member Joe Lynde has created a short video. You may watch it online. Access it via this link.

On April 1, 2014, Patricia F Svendsen sent out a message about summer school assignments to all Full Time and Part Time Faculty on behalf of Madison Area Technical College President Jack E. Daniels, III. That message is reprinted below. The policy document referred to in the message — “Interim/Summer Session 2014 Faculty Assignment Process – Bridge for Interim/Summer 2014″ – may be downloaded from the Local 243 website.

The Contract Alternative Committee’s (CAC) team of full and part-time faculty have been working extensively for the past few months on a policy regarding the interim/summer session. On Saturday, the CAC “thumbed up” the attached policy, Interim/Summer Session 2014 Faculty Assignment Process – Bridge for Interim/Summer 2014. As a part of reviewing the policy, it had to be determined if it was administratively feasible to implement the recommended changes for the interim session. After consultation with Human Resources (HR), the proposed changes for the interim were determined to be feasible as well as for the summer. I approved this policy and it will be effective for the Interim and Summer terms, 2014.

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A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio: At a March 25, 2014 Forum meeting, members approved temporary appointments to fill two vacancies in the Full Time Faculty Chapter roster of elected officers. The vacancies resulted when the elected incumbents resigned to fill other positions.

James “Jimmy” DeGidio was appointed to serve out the rest of Joe Lowndes’ term as Faculty Chapter Vice President. Joe resigned because he was elected Executive Vice-President of the AFT-Wisconsin Board

The Faculty Chapter Vice President position is filled during “even year” elections, so the term ends this year and the position will be included in the upcoming elections held later this semester.

Flynn Dustrud will serve as a Faculty Chapter Forum representative, filling the vacancy created when Wayne Sigelko resigned to serve on the Local 243 Election Committee.

Wayne is one of the few people in Local 243 who has extensive experience using the software the union purchased to hold elections. He felt he could better serve the members as an Election Committee member than as a Forum representative. Flynn agreed to accept the appointment to serve out the rest of Wayne’s term. This position also will be included in the upcoming elections held later this semester.

Big changes are in store for college football teams. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director, Peter Sung Ohr, issued a ruling granting Northwestern football players the right to unionize and directed an election to take place.

NWU player Kain Colter presented his case to the NLRB in February. (USATSI)

According to a lengthy analysis of the decision and its effects provided by SB Nation: “The results of the election will determine whether the football team will be represented by the College Athletes Players Association. A Sports Illustrated legal expert said that they are nearly certain to get the number of votes needed to establish the union. From there, the union would be entitled to collectively bargain with Northwestern over the players’ benefits.”

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