February 2014

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) will award four $1,000 scholarships to students attending an accredited, post-secondary school.

In addition, the Dodge County Chapter of the South Central Federation of Labor will award two $500 scholarships to students attending an accredited, post-secondary school.

Scholarship winners will be selected by a lottery drawing.

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jeff Peronto, a longtime member of the Full Time Faculty Chapter of Local 243, who taught music at MATC and directed the Madison Municipal Band, several jazz ensembles and the pit orchestras for the MATC musicals A complete obituary is published below:

MADISON – Jeffrey Lee Peronto, age 64, passed into eternal life on February 25th, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with renal cancer. Jeff was born on June 14, 1949 in Milwaukee to Lillian and Leroy Peronto. Educated at Marquette University HS and UW-Madison, he worked as a musician and teacher for 37 years. Jeff was most proud of his career at MATC, where he taught music and directed the Madison Municipal Band, several jazz ensembles and the pit orchestras for the MATC musicals. Also an expert photographer, Jeff loved taking pictures, not only during his travels, but also through the lens of a telescope. He loved to mentor anyone interested in photography.

Some may remember Jeff’s appearance on the Today Show with Jane Pauley, where he offered tips on shooting photos of Haley’s Comet for the amateur photographer. Jeff later appeared on CNN and Fox, as well.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Summer School had been identified as a ‘hot button’ issue for Full Time Faculty which the 3+3/Contract Alternative Committee was working through Interest-Based Problem-Solving. It became evident that to continue to discuss summer school might put us in the realm of negotiating a change in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) – something your union will not do.

At this time, Local 243 has refused to have any further discussion related to summer school and has informed management that any unilaterally imposed changes will be grieved. Because summer school will continue to need to be addressed for the future, and because the 3+3 language in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of our CBA requires establishing a process for post-CBA discussion, the IBPS/3+3 committee will discuss the future of summer school at our IBPS meeting on March 28, 2014. For now, the expectation is the College will honor the CBA.

Note: You may download a copy of the current Full Time Faculty Contract (including MOU) as a PDF from our website. You’ll find the link under the DOCUMENTS tab in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know about an important development in the proposed merger of AFT-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). As you know, a vote on merger was originally scheduled to take place in April at both the WEAC and AFT-Wisconsin conventions. Last Saturday, WEAC’s Board of Directors voted to postpone a full merger vote.

One key reason the WEAC Board cited for this difficult decision was member concerns regarding the different dues structures of AFT-Wisconsin and WEAC. Under the original plan for a possible merger, this issue would have been resolved over a two-year trial period once both unions had approved merger. Instead, a special committee will now be put in place with representatives from both organizations. The committee’s job will be addressing how to harmonize our two unions’ different systems into one fair, effective dues structure that ensures all members get the staff and services they need. AFT-Wisconsin will take full part in this committee, which is slated to make its recommendations by the end of 2014. Based on this new timetable, a merger vote then could take place in early 2015.

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Update (3/19/2014): Tickets to this event are now free with a suggested $10 donation. For current information and tickets, please visit the Local 243 home page.

Plan to attend the Local 243 Rally to reMember at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center.

Join members of AFT Local 243 and fellow union members from throughout Wisconsin to reMember what unions stand for and how important they have been in improving our lives and our workplaces.

The evening’s keynote speaker will be Ed Schultz, host of both MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” and a popular talk radio show. A “straight talking, no-nonsense voice of reason in unreasonable times,” Schultz devotes a large portion of his radio show to discussions about the “plight of working Americans.”

Join us to reMember what solidarity has brought us. Now more than ever, we need to stand together and work to save our state and our nation from those forces that seek to disenfranchise us and roll back over 100 years of hard-won rights, including the eight hour day, child labor laws, and laws to make our workplaces safer.

The cost for tickets to the Rally to reMember are $10 and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets (a small service charge may apply).

Get involved with the reMember campaign

February 25, 2014

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Interested in helping our Local move forward in the near future? Get involved with the reMember Committee and campaign! The reMember Committee will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Room C1454, on the Truax campus. Join us! This week’s reMember events: 7 a.m. […]

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