Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race continues to be of strong interest to people in other states because, as The New York Times reported in a front-page story on Monday, October 20, 2014, “… Mr. Walker’s day job is not all that is at stake. His currency as a presidential contender will surely vanish if he cannot win a second term as the governor of Wisconsin.”

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— “Before Bigger Stage, Walker Must Win Wisconsin” by Monica Davey

Also, on Monday, October 20, 2014, Ed Schultz (who spoke at our ReMember rally earlier this year) visited Madison to talk with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and featured her on that evening’s edition of The Ed Show on MSNBC. A video of that feature — “Mary Burke turns up the heat on Scott Walker” — is embedded below:

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The Local 243 Forum will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Room C1423B on the Truax campus.

A copy of the agenda for the October 21, 2014 meeting is available on this website as a PDF document. This document also has a list of Forum meetings scheduled through May 2015.

All Local 243 union members are welcome to attend Forum meetings.

VoteEarly voting (In Person Absentee Voting) begins today (Monday, October 20, 2014) in Wisconsin and runs through 5 p.m. (or the close of business, whichever is later) on Friday, October 31, 2014.

You do NOT need a photo ID to vote because on October 9, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court blocked blocked implementation of the voter photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23.

Early voting takes place at your municipal clerk’s office. If you do know where your municipal clerk is located, there is a 400+ page list of all municipal clerk offices in Wisconsin available online. For complete information on absentee voting (including in person absentee voting), visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website.

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PizzaA message from Aaron Bibb, Communications Director AFT-Wisconsin:

I wanted to let you know about another fun event coming up next week that I hope you’ll be able to come to. Our statewide AFT-Wisconsin president, Kim Kohlhaas, who’s also a teacher from Superior, will be hosting an AFT-Wisconsin night at the Madison Labor Temple on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. It will be half party, half get-out-the-vote phonebanking to make sure that people know about the election in November and remember to vote. (I know it seems like everyone must know about it by this point, but you’d be surprised how many people tune it all out and/or forget to vote.)

It’s going to be a fun night – we’ll have pizza and drinks, and there will be a lot of good people there from AFT-Wisconsin and other local unions, so you’ll get to meet some really interesting people. We’ll start at 5 p.m. and go until 8 p.m. — but of course you can show up late or leave early if you need to. Could you let me know whether or not you’ll be able to attend?** We need a good head count for pizza and drink ordering, as well as to know how many phones and call lists to have ready.

**RSVP via e-mail to Bibb

Local 243 members vote overwhelmingly to approve tentative wage increase agreement

October 16, 2014

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: The tentative agreement concerning wage increases was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the Local 243 members who cast their vote (201 to 5). Salary/wage increases of 1% (retroactive to July 01, 2014) and 0.5% (January 01, 2015) will be implemented as described in the information sessions. [...]

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An opportunity for Local 243 members to observe meetings of the Contract Alternative Committee

October 16, 2014

Local 243 members interested in observing upcoming Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) meetings are encouraged to sign up online. The meetings are open to “internal Madison College constituents” on a first-come, first-served basis. Ten slots will be available per meeting. Potential observers may sign up for available meetings through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and [...]

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Local 243 members receive ballots to vote on tentative wages/salary agreement with MATC

October 8, 2014

A message from your AFT Local 243 Bargaining Committees, Linda Nellen (PSRP/ESP) and Jimmy DeGidio (FT Faculty), Bargaining Committee Chairs: Ballots to vote on the wages/salary tentative agreement between AFT Local 243 and the College will be distributed to all active Local 243 union members today (Wednesday, October 8, 2014). They will arrive as an [...]

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SCFL sponsors labor history event on October 9th

October 8, 2014

The South Central Federation of Labor SCFL is hosting a presentation by labor historian Peter Rachleff titled “How We Move Forward and Win: Untold Stories from the Past and the Present” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Madison Labor Temple, 102 South Park Street. Event organizers invite union members to “Come [...]

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Don’t wait until the last minute to get Voter ID

October 8, 2014

The new Chad Vader Voter ID video is posted below. It’s fun to watch and offers some useful information, but its emphasis on getting a voter ID at the DMV focuses on only one of the many acceptable forms of Voter ID. For more complete information about the range of acceptable IDs, have a look [...]

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Next Local 243 Forum meeting scheduled for October 7, 2014 at Truax campus

October 6, 2014

The Local 243 Forum will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Room C1423B on the Truax campus. A copy of the agenda for the October 7, 2014 meeting is available on this website as a PDF document. This document also has a list of Forum meetings scheduled through May [...]

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