The new AFT National officers elected at the 2014 Convention are (left to right)  Lorretta Johnson , Randi Weingarten, and Mary Cathryn Ricker

The new AFT National officers elected at the 2014 Convention are (left to right) Lorretta Johnson, Randi Weingarten, and Mary Cathryn Ricker

Ten members of Local 243 attended the AFT National Conference held in Los Angeles, California from July 10-14, 2014 as delegates. They participated in workshops, listened to a range of inspirational speeches, and unanimously voted for the Progressive Caucus of- Randi Weingarten President, Loretta Johnson AFT Secretary/Treasurer, Mary Cathryn Ricker AFT Executive Vice President. A convention summary, including the list of Local 243 delegates is available for download from this website.

Click here to see YouTube videos of two of the inpsirational speeches delivered at the convention

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Running for OfficeA message from Local 243 member Robin Gee:

Madison College Instructor Rebecca Parish has been working with the League of Women Voters – Dane County to set up voter registration tables at some of our Madison campuses.

Rebecca has left the Madison area, but remains connected to the college as an online instructor. Now that she is not here, she is trying to do what she can from afar but hoping that another faculty or staff member or members might take over as the liaison to the League.

The liaison role would include:

  • Working with the League of Women Voters to plan tabling (Kathleen Fullin is the LWV contact)
  • Reserving tables for a LWV registration table at our campuses
  • Publicizing the tables (notices to student life/Clarion, Matters and printing out and putting up posters — not sure if LWV has posters for you to use or if you have to create them).
  • Getting parking passes if possible for the LWV people
  • Lining up a person at each campus on the day of the event to help LWV get set up, access wifi, etc.

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The case, said speakers at the press conference, seeks to divert attention from the real issues in public education in order to demonize teachers.  At the mic is fifth grade teacher Gaby Ibarra from ABC Unified School District. Behind her, from right, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, CTA president Dean Vogel, parent Martha Sanchez, and college student Kenia Alcocer.

The case, said speakers at the press conference, seeks to divert attention from the real issues in public education in order to demonize teachers. At the mic is fifth grade teacher Gaby Ibarra from ABC Unified School District. Behind her, from right, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, CTA president Dean Vogel, parent Martha Sanchez, and college student Kenia Alcocer.


On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued a decision in the case of Vergara v. State of California that struck down teacher tenure protection, seniority-based job protection and existing disciplinary policy.

The judge agreed with the plaintiffs’ constitutional challenge to several state statutes that provide job protections to teachers, particularly to teachers with greater seniority. The judge enjoined (prohibited) the enforcement of the statutes and then placed a stay on his ruling pending the expected appeal, meaning that the injunction is not currently in force.

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Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio (on behalf of the 3+3/CAC and SGTF employee member teams):

The Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) and the Shared Governance Task Force SGTF) will continue meeting over the summer. We would like to be able to continue soliciting input, but are aware that many employees take vacation during this time and may not consistently monitor their Madison College e-mail account.

If there is a different e-mail address you would like information and requests sent to during the summer months, please send an e-mail to aft243. Please identify yourself and indicate that this is your ‘summer’ e-mail. We will also continue to post information on the Local 243 website: http://aft243.org

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Problems-solvingThe Full Time Faculty IBPS/CAC and Shared Governance Task Force (SGTF) committee members would appreciate feedback from all Full Time Faculty members concerning Summer 2014. Our goal is to better understand the implementation and implications prior to any discussions concerning future summers. The survey can be found via this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3VC5CNL

The Survey Monkey tool limits the number of questions we can include, so please feel free to reply to the following questions by replying from a personal e-mail to aft243.

  • Please describe your reaction to the changes in compensation for interim and summer school.
  • Additional comments, details or questions.
  • If you have suggestions for improving the request and/or the assignment procedures for the 2015 interim and summer sessions, please describe them.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Checkmark-225wA message from the Local 243 Election Committee: The election committee would like to thank all those who considered serving the needs of their union brothers and sisters by allowing themselves to be nominated for office. We also thank those who voted and helped to ensure democracy within our Union. Now, let’s pledge ourselves to work with those we have elected to build a strong local that can effectively address our common needs and give collective voice to our hopes and aspirations for the College, its students, staff, and the communities it serves.

Update (5/5/2014): We inadvertently left Vickie Boeder off the list of delegates to the AFT-Wisconsin Convention. She received 93 votes. The complete tally document mentioned in the next paragraph has been updated.

A complete tally of the election results is available for download from this website as a PDF.

Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

All PSRP and full-time Faculty are invited to share their insights in preparation for the next Shared Governance Task Force (SGTF) meeting at a Shared Governance Task Force listening session from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Room D2634 at the Truax Campus.

The Shared Governance Task Force meets weekly to develop the future shared governance structure for the college. Although Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS) is the decision-making tool used by the SGTF (and will continue to be used in decision-making at the college), the SGTF is different from the “IBPS”/Contract Alternative Committee, which has been focused on college policies and procedures for the transition from more comprehensive collective bargaining agreements, as mandated by Act 10.

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Update: Refunds of union dues and COPE donations withdrawn from the April 2014 paychecks will be included in the May 15, 2014 paychecks. Thank you all for your patience and, especially to the staff in Payroll, all of your work.

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The Election Committee offered all candidates nominated and running for office in the Local 243 Spring 2014 Election the option to submit “Candidate Bios/Statements” for distribution to voters.

Sixteen candidates submitted bios/statements. These bios/statements are available as a seven-page PDF that may be downloaded from this website.

Please note, according to Election Committee officials who compiled this information, “Candidate Bios/Statements [are] listed in the order received.”