October 2013

A copy of the “Retirement Session Materials” by Schacherl and Stevens distributed to Local 243 members who attended the special information session on retirement benefits on October 25, 2013 is now available in PDF format under the DOCUMENTS tab in the navigation bar at the top of the website.

In addition to this material, Anne Schacherl and Janet Stevens sent out a post-session e-mail to participants that included two additional documents, one of which was previously posted on the blog. Use the links in the text below to see and/or download these documents:

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Update (10/28/2013) A complete copy of all the material in the “Retirement Session Materials” information package created by Schacherl and Stevens may be downloaded by accessing the DOCUMENTS pages via the navigation bar at the top of this blog.

Local 243 members Janet Stevens and Anne Schacherl are hosting a brown bag lunch information session called “Planning for Retirement as the CBA Ends” from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013. It will be in Room E3820A/E3820B (380AB) on the Truax campus.

They will be providing information about retirement options available under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). They will also be providing summary spreadsheets covering the options for PSRP and Full Time Faculty members, plus a handout about sick leave payment information. MATC Administration HR Benefits personnel have reviewed these documents and confirmed their accuracy.

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The Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission (which is part of the system that provides accreditation for educational institutions) recently sent Madison Area Technical College a copy of its Systems Appraisal Feedback Report. The report indicates that MATC has some issues that need to be addressed if it is to retain its accreditation.

Accreditation is very important for students; institutions; the public; and industry and government. For, instance, for students accreditation of the college they attend

  • Verifies that the quality of the educational experience received meets the standards of the profession.
  • Increases and enhances employment opportunities.
  • Permits and eases entry to a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.
  • Establishes eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and/or scholarships.

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Prior to each meeting of the MATC District Board, members of the public (which includes Local 243 members) are may deliver public commentary. At the Board’s last meeting, on October 9, 2013, Board Chair Carolyn Stoner issued a set of “Rules for Public Comment During Board Meetings.”

Among other things, members of the public who wish to speak during the public commentary period must register in writing prior to the start of the meeting. There is a three minute limit for each registered speaker. A complete copy of the rules is available for download as a PDF document.

If you are enrolled in a Madison College health insurance plan through WPS (Wisconsn Physicians Service), please take note of the following three important updates related to your plan:

1. Summary of Benefits & Coverage Available Online:

As a plan participant, you are entitled to a comprehensive description of your rights and obligations under your WPS plan. We encourage you to review the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) for your plan by clicking on a link below:

· WPS Southern or HealthyU Plan

· WPS Statewide Non-Dane County Network

· WPS Statewide Dane County Network

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the SBC for your plan, you may e-mail Kristin P. Gebhardt, Director – Benefits, Compensation & Training at kgebhardt@madisoncollege.edu or telephone her at 608-246-6902.

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Local 243 PSRP Chapter members invited to participate in a listening session on October 21st

October 18, 2013

The PSRP Chapter of Local 243 will hold a listening session at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Conference Room D240 at the Downtown Education Center (DTEC), 211 North Carroll Street. The purpose of the listening session is to (1) create an opportunity for PSRP members to come together and share their fears […]

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