Local 243 submits formal demand to begin bargaining on a successor contract

March 20, 2013

A message from Local 243 President Mario Dusio

Chapter Vice-Presidents Joe Lowndes and Linda Nellen and I met with Provost Terry Webb and Vice-President Chuck McDowell on Friday, March 15, 2013 to discuss Local 243’s formal demand to begin bargaining on a successor contract.

Mr. McDowell brought our request to the Madison Area Technical College District Board during the closed session of their Wednesday, March 13, 2013 meeting. He reported that the Board is only willing to engage in negotiations concerning base wages, but does want the College to work on maintaining their relationship with us. (You might recall our current contracts now require the College and Union to form committees to address wages, benefits, and working conditions after our collective bargaining agreements expire).

This response is far less than we would like and we are concerned about the future of our relationship. I have continually proffered that the enemies to our mission exist outside the College; I remain hopeful we will not have to remind those within of this too frequently or stridently in times to come.

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