AFLCIO Right to Work BAnner
The Wisconsin State Senate voted 17 to 15 last week in favor of SB44, the so-called Right to Work Law law. Only one Republican, a former union member, joined all Democratic senators in voting against the anti-union law that the Republican leadership has rushed through an “extraordinary session.”

This week, the Assembly takes up its version of the legislation: AB61

A message from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Join us at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Monday, March 2, 2015 to pack the Assembly Committee on Labor, Room 417 North, as the public hearing on so-called Right to Work legislation begins. We need everyone who supports unions and a strong middle class to register and testify to tell legislators on the Committee how Right to Work legislation will impact your job site, your community and your family.

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The Local 243 Forum will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Room C1423B on the Truax campus.

A draft copy of the agenda for the March 3, 2015 Forum Meeting is available on this website as a PDF document. This document also has a list of Forum meetings scheduled through May 2015. A final copy of the agenda will be posted when it becomes available.

Among the items [tentatively] expected to be addressed at this meeting are a report from the Organizing Committee and an update from President Marie Dusio on the Early Retirement Impact Team.

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

Cycle for SightA message from Local 243 member Gerard Xavier, who works in the Counseling and College Success Department:

I am writing to ask for your support for a fundraiser I will be participating in on March 14, 2015. McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been involved with cutting edge research on eye diseases through the use of stem cells. The breakthroughs have been astounding and meaningful: Restoration of vision for thousands of people is fast becoming a reality. I am very optimistic that I will have some form of restored vision in the next 10 years.

The name of my team is “Blind Take Off” and we will be using the spinning cycles at Princeton Club West, 800 Watts Road at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. This is our second year participating in this fundraiser. Our team raised approximately $1600 last year and the entire fundraiser brought in about $30,000.

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MATC District Board applicant Shiva Bidar-Sielaff

MATC District Board applicant Shiva Bidar-Sieloff

The Appointment Committee of the Madison Area Technical College District Board will hold a meeting and public hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Room 122, Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, to consider applications for membership on the Madison Area Technical College District Board. This meeting is open to the public. A copy of the official meeting notice with details about the process is available for download.

The governing board of Madison Area Technical College is made up of nine individuals appointed from within the Madison Area Technical College District:

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Look at the budgetBudgets are not just about numbers. “Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 state budget bill brims with the sort of ‘big, bold ideas’ the likely presidential candidate says his Republican Party needs to embrace,” writes Bill Lueders in the February 25, 2015 online edition of The Capital Times. “But some of Walker’s proposals appear to be policy changes with little or no fiscal impact.”

The 2015-2017 Wisconsin Executive Budget contains more than 600 pages. Reading the entire document is a formidable task — and clearly one the governor hopes people — and watchdog organizations will not undertake

A great deal of attention has been paid to one non-fiscal budget item — the proposal to excise language about “public service” and “the search for truth” from the UW’s mission statement. The uproar that ensued when this was revealed forced the governor to down, and claim it was a big mistake (or maybe a drafting error) and he wasn’t responsible.

But there are many other non-fiscal policy changes hidden away in the budget document. Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and her staff have already identified many of them, including one which calls for eliminating the state board charged with overseeing for-profit colleges, which have come under attack for “hyped promises and poor graduation rates.”

Read Lueders’ complete report online to learn about additional policy changes that are contained in the 2015-2017 Wisconsin Executive Budget.