January 2013

The Local 243 Forum will hold an emergency meeting at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Room 244 at the Truax campus to discuss and vote on a resolution condemning the use of outside contractors to replace union jobs. The resolution, if passed, will be presented to the Madison Area Technical College District Board and will be used as a basis for a petition drive launching a “Keep It In House Campaign.”

All Local 243 union members are welcome to attend Forum meetings: Please attend if you want to discuss this issue. The text of the resolution will be made available after the vote (if it passes) as will more details about this campaign to protect our jobs.

It’s that time of year again — time to do your taxes. For information on what portion of your dues are tax deductible and what is not, download and use either:

The Tax Calculation form for Local 243 Faculty Chapter members, or

The “Tax information concerning dues” memo for Local 243 PSRP Chapter members

Please note: Local 243 does not provide tax and financial advice. You should refer to IRS Service Code Section 162 (e) or contact your tax adviser to determine deductibility.

Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers, “Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale” is narrated by actor and labor activist Ed Asner, former president of the Screen Actors Guild. The animation is by Madison cartoonist Mike Konopacki.

In this 8-minute video we learn about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

MSNBC host Krystal Ball shares her thoughts on the dire state of unions in the US and what this means to all of us. Ball is a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show The Cycle, which airs weekdays at 3 p.m. ET. She’s also a political writer, former congressional candidate, and CPA.

In her impassioned rant she reminds people that while President Obama’s speech during last week’s inauguration was a very progressive speech, there is one issue that went unmentioned: the decline of the American union membership.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Patricia “Pat” Smith, who taught nursing at Madison College (MATC) for several years. Her legacy lives in on the many nurses she trained in our area. A complete obituary is published below:

MADISON – Patricia Ann Smith was born Aug. 27, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Madison.

She was a graduate of Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pa. and she earned her BSN at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and her MSN at UW Madison. Pat was a respected nurse educator and taught many years at Madison College (MATC). She had an eclectic taste in reading, enjoyed her travels to Europe, Africa, Central and South America and had a deep appreciation for nature.

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A celebration of the life of our deceased union sister, Rosanne Glick-Veium is set for January 30th, 2013

January 24, 2013

As many of you know, we lost our union sister, college counselor, and good friend Rosanne Glick-Veium to cancer last November. Some of her friends are hosting an informal Celebration of Life in her honor: A message from the organizers: Rosanne’s Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Lazy […]

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