October 2012

A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio

Here are some updates on news and events of interest to Local 243 members:

•Information on the AFT State Convention will be posted to our blog ( (aft243.org)) in the next few days.

The resolution to continue conversations considering merger with the Wisconsin Education Council (WEAC) was adopted.

•Local 243 leadership is waiting for a schedule from College administration for post-CBA-related discussions.

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Never been to the Labor Temple and looking for a reason to go? Monday night football not that interesting tonight? Consider joining other Labor activists and supporters from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, October 29, 2012) for a variety of get-out-the-vote efforts during AFT’s Workers’ Voice Campaign night at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street, Food is provided and afterwards (starting around 8 p.m.) it’s Happy Hour in the Labor Temple bar with live music from Jeff Knight’s band (Jeff is a staffer for MTI).

A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio

Brothers and Sisters,

As I am sure most of you are aware, Judge Juan Colás denied the motion to stay (“put on hold”) his ruling related to Wisconsin Act 10. This means successor contract negotiations remain possible (within the parameters of those Act 10 provisions ruled on by Judge Colás, unless or until another body should enact a stay or overrule Judge Colás’ decision).

Legal experts anticipate that a stay or decision overturning Judge Colás’ ruling is probable. Although there are some limits related to negotiations that remain despite Judge Colás’ ruling, those limits are nowhere near as restrictive as those in place prior to his ruling.

Local 243 is in the process of scheduling sessions with Madison College administration. These sessions will not (re)open, modify, or in any manner be related to our current collective bargaining agreements (CBAs); instead the goal is to seek successor contracts. Although the College has expressed concerns about negotiating successor contracts because of the uncertainty of their legal situation, there is a shared willingness (and is required by our current CBAs) to engage in planning for after the expiration of the current CBAs. Our position is and will remain that the best succession plan involves successor contracts.

Here’s your chance to meet the original “Dude” — the man who was the inspiration for the the character portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers film “The Big Lebowski.”

Jeff Dowd, a film producer and political activist who was involved in the anti-Vietnam War Movement and was jailed as one of the “Seattle Seven,” will be at the Madison Labor Temple from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012 to cheer on labor-endorsed candidates and energize Fall election volunteers.

The event will feature clips from the film; lively discussion and Q&A; White Russians (the Dude’s signature drink); food; and live music. Come in for the laughs and leave hopeful and inspired.

The Madison Labor Temple is located at 1602 South Park Street.

A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio

Brothers and Sisters,

Unions are often represented as “outsiders” or “third party” in the media, when the real truth is unions are people joined together – members of the community who work within their community.

As we gather for Convocation, opportunities to connect with our larger community present themselves (and there are even ‘free stuff’ incentives!).

You should have received information in your campus mailbox this week related to the Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign. Please give thoughtful consideration to those materials. Many of our students, our future students, and Local 243 members personally benefit from the services these agencies provide. Stop by the table in the cafeteria during Convocation to meet agency representatives, turn in a pledge form, and enjoy the opportunity for possible prizes and dessert. If you cannot wait until Convocation to get involved, please contact Barb Wise via e-mail at bewise@MadisonCollege.edu608, or telephone (608) 243-4202). Barb has been a consistent champion for this cause over the years.

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Sign up by Monday to participate in Dane County Adopt-A-Highway community service project

October 19, 2012

Sign up to participate in the Dane County Adopt-A-Highway Community Service Activity (during Convocation) from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Weather permitting, volunteers for the Dane County Adopt-A-Highway Program will clean up a section of County Highway T (Town Hall Drive to County Highway T). We will meet at 1 […]

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