Halloween voting cartoon

Don’t be frightened away from voting by all the recent voter suppression legislation. Halloween (October 31, 2014) is the last day to complete an in-person absentee ballot at your local municipal clerk’s office. Otherwise, plan to cast your ballot at the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

registered-to-voteAre you registered to vote? If not, you’ll need to be sure you have a Proof of Residence Document in order to register.

State law now requires that open registration end 20 days before an election and prohibits voter registration and in-person absentee voting on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before an election. But voters may still register at the polls on Election Day.

In addition, even if you’re registered, if you’ve moved since the last election (even within the same apartment building), you’ll need to change your address. Voters who register or change their address at the polls on Election Day must present proof of address. Proof of address may be presented in either a paper or an electronic format (smart phone, tablet, or laptop). Proof of Residence must contain both the voter’s current name and the voter’s current address. For a list of acceptable forms of Proof of Residence, visit the Madison City Clerk’s website download a fact sheet on Proof of Residence for voter registration from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

string-around-fingerThere are lots of important events coming up in the next two weeks. Take time to mark them on your calendar — and then make time to participate.

Friday, October 31, 2014 – Last day for in Person Absentee Voting

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Election Day: Election officials are predicting a high turnout, so there may be lines at your polling place. Allow enough time to deal with this possibility — especially if you also need to register to vote at the polls.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Local 243 Forum Meeting at 5 p.m. in Room C1423B on the Truax Campus. All Local 243 members are welcome to attend. - Cancelled to allow members time to get to the polls and VOTE

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – MATC District Board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Madison Area Technical College’s Truax Campus. Meetings are open to the public.

Checkmark-225wMinutes for the Local 243 Forum meeting on October 21, 2014 are now posted on this website. Among the items addressed at the meeting were the ramifications of pursuing a recertification vote and the need to convene a Constitution Committee to address changes that relate to Local 243 structure in the current environment.

The minutes also contain a list of future Forum meetings.

Forum meeting minutes may be accessed by using the DOCUMENTS tab in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

National media keeping a sharp eye on Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race and November 4th election

October 21, 2014

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 [...]

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Next Local 243 Forum meeting scheduled for October 21, 2014 at Truax campus

October 20, 2014

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 [...]

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Wisconsin’s early voting runs through October 31st

October 20, 2014

Early 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 [...]

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Get out the vote event at Madison Labor Temple features free pizza + phone bank work

October 20, 2014

A 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 [...]

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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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