September 2013

Confused by the Special Bulletin about “Act 10 Legislation and Retirement Benefits” you received yesterday afternoon from Vice President-Human Resources Charles McDowell? You’re not alone. Fortunately, President Jack C. Daniels sent out a follow-up letter a few hours later that offers a clear, succinct explanation of the early retirement provisions affecting Full Time Faculty and PSRP employees covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreements negotiated by Local 243.

You may download a copy of the September 19, 2013 Daniels letter here. If, after reading it, you still have questions, contact a Local 243 union official. Also remember that you can download and view a PDF copy of the current Full Time Faculty and PSRP contracts using the links under DOCUMENTS at the top of this page.

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Full time faculty at the Downtown campus (DTEC) should have received e-mail from me and/or Facilities regarding office reassignment, as the process started this week. If you have not, please contact me, Joe Lowndes (, or Cindy Treige-Onofrey (

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

The AFT Local 243 Forum meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 included a dialogue with Madison College President Jack Daniels; Provost Terrance Webb; and Vice Presidents Keith Cornille and Charles McDowell.The administration requested to meet with us. That, combined with the actual conversation, has us hopeful about a new and continuing positive relationships as we work together to serve our community. Dr. Daniels assured us that the College will provide a statement clarifying the sick leave payout benefit for 2014 retirees covered by Local 243 contracts, no later than Monday, September 23, 2013.

There are conflicting headlines and statements about the decision and order on petition for injunction Judge Colás issued on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 with regard to Case No. 11CV3774 (Madison Teachers, Inc. et al. vs Scott Walker, et al):

The Capital Times (September 17, 2013) – Breaking down Judge Juan Colas’ latest Act 10 ruling

Wisconsin State Journal (September 18, 2013) – Both sides claim win in Act 10 ruling; state vows to continue requiring union elections

What does all this mean for members of Local 243? At this time, it should have little or no affect on Local 243 because we have contracts that are in effect through March 23, 2014. In addition, the window for bargaining successor contracts will stay open.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

This message was received late yesterday from our friends at WEAC and I want to share it will all members of Local 243.


As of 4:30 p.m. this afternoon [Tuesday, September 17, 2013] we have a favorable ruling relating to Act 10 – at least for now.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Colás ruled this afternoon that Governor Walker and the WERC [Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission] cannot enforce Act 10 against the “non plaintiffs” as long as the Colás ruling remains in effect. The “non plaintiffs” are the rest of the unions in the state beyond the unions in Dane and Milwaukee counties that were specifically named in the suit.

What this means is that Walker and the WERC must immediately HALT their attempt to force K-12 locals to hold recertification elections this fall – and employers cannot halt payroll deduction of union dues.

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September 17, 2013 decision by Judge Juan Colas with regard to Wisconsin Act 10

September 18, 2013

Information is being compiled. Please check back after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 for a complete report. There is now a post about this decision: Additional posts/information will be provided during the next 24-36 hours.

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