May 2013

The amount of news and so-called news available online can be overwhelming.  To help you save time, we’ve waded through scores of recent online stories and selected a few that should be of interest to Local 243 members. 

For each item, we’ve included a headline with a link to the complete story, plus a brief excerpt so you can decide it you want to read more. Click here to have a look

Update (6/7/2013): We have a confirmed location for the Solidarity Supper. It will be held in the Truax Cafeteria and the patio outside the cafeteria. Not sure how to find the Cafeteria? Take a look at this printable PDF map of the Truax campus and look for the red “X” that marks the location.

Prior to the next Madison Area Technical College District Board meeting at the Truax campus on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, Local 243 will serve a free family-friendly Solidarity Supper. Union members from throughout the district are invited to attend and bring members of their families. We want to demonstrate to the District Board that we have widespread support by having a large number of union members attend the meeting.

If you wish to attend the Solidarity Supper, please fill out and return this online form by Monday, June 10, 2013 so we can make certain we have enough food for those who attend.

The Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) at UW-Madison, in cooperation with Haymarket Books, and the Madison International Socialist Organization is sponsoring a forum on “Rebuilding a Fighting Labor Movement” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at in Room 1121 of the George Mosse Humanities Building on the UW Madison Campus.

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WE are the best source, so why outsource? Union brothers and sisters interested in fighting outsourcing at Madison Area Technical College are invited to attend the Best Source Action Group meeting from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at Pedro’s East (3555 East Washington Avenue in Madison).

The group is meets regularly to combat this threat. On the agenda at this week’s meeting are the following issues:

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If you’ve waited until the last minute to decide to attend this important meeting, please contact Marie Dusio at and let her know you plan to attend.

Local 243 members are encouraged to attend the Joint WEAC/AFT-WI WTCS Coordination Meeting from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Room 235 of the new Madison Area Technical College Protective Services Building on the Truax campus.

The morning portion of the meeting will feature round-robin sharing of what locals have achieved/learned in the following areas:

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Outgoing MATC District Board President replies to Local 243 email about negotiating successor contracts

May 15, 2013

Below is a transcript of an email sent to Local 243 President Marie Dusio. The message from Frances Huntley-Cooper is in response to Dusio’s May 7, 2013 email to the MATC District Board about negotiating successor contracts.

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