November 2013

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: The possibility of merger between AFT-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Education Association Coucil (WEAC) was a major topic of debate at the AFT-Wisconsin Convention in held in Appleton from October 24-26, 2013.

While the overwhelming majority of delegates voted to continue the process of exploring and moving toward merger, there is a small minority either opposed to the idea or the process.

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Superior teacher Kim Kohlhaas is the new president of AFT-Wisconsin. Kohlhaas, a member of the Superior Federation of Teachers, Local 202, was elected over the weekend at the AFT-Wisconsin Convention in Appleton.

Kohlhaas has taught elementary school in Superior for 17 years and has been an engaged member in the community and the union.

Kohlhaas noted that AFT-Wisconsin and other public sector unions have been under attack the past three years, and “it is time to change the paradigm.”

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Congratulations to the following members of Local 243 who were nominated and elected to statewide office during the AFT-Wisconsin Convention held from October 24-26, 2013 in Appleton: Joe Lowndes is now Executive Vice President; Vickie Boeder is Treasurer; Cindy Dallmann is Vice President for PSRP. In addition, Christine Henker is now Secretary of the PSRP Council.

Bryan Kennedy did not run for re-election as President. The newly elected AFT-Wisconsin President is Kim Kolhaas from the Superior Federation of Teachers. A complete list of AFT-Wisconsin Executive Board members is available at the end of this post.

Thanks again to all the delegates who participated in the annual AFT-Wisconsin Convention. Our local was well represented by Cindy Dallmann, Christine Henker, Flynn Dustrud, Tom Wozniak, Travis Wiersma, Mary Stauffer, Jerry Lehman, Wayne Sigelko, Maryann Dubree, Vickie Boeder, Joe Lowndes, Dixie Burns, and Lawrence Bechtel Pearson.

Click here to see a list of the members of the AFT-Wisconsin Executive Board

Jesus “Chuy” Negrete will explore Mexican labor songs during a free concert at the Madison Labor Temple from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. onThursday, November 21, 2013.

Negrete uses the corrido, a type of poetic Mexican ballad, to appropriate traditional songs for modern social movements. He also creates original music that tells stories about human rights in the Americas and the immigrant experience in the U.S.

Negrete was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but grew up on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s, where his parents worked in the steel mills.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: MATC President Daniels has charged Diane Walleser, Vice-President-Enrollment Maagement, with leading a new strategic planning process to establish the 2014-17 Strategic Plan for the College.

Everyone who attended the October Convocation participated in the first step: focusing on Mission, Vision, and Values. That work was done in small groups and is now being sifted through, evaluated, and organized to identify themes and commonalities to develop the new Mission, Vision, and Values. That work is being performed by a new committee that includes members from Local 2343 PSRP and Full Time Faculty chapters, as well as part time faculty and administration.The goal is for President Daniels to present the work to the District Board at their December 2013 meeting for approval.

Copies of the minutes from the Strategic Planning Steering Team minutes provide updates about progress of their work. You may download copies of minutes from the following meetings from our Local 243 website:

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Preliminary report on the results from the WTCS stakeholder survey on performance-based funding

November 20, 2013

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, the state’s 2013-15 biennial budget, requires the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board to establish by March 2014 a new formula for allocating a portion of general state aid to technical colleges based on nine areas of performance identified in state statute. Effective […]

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