March 2014

A message from Local 243 President Mare Dusio: Looking for a pro-Union social event this Friday evening? Show Your Solidarity! Attend a Rally to ReMember with Ed Schultz on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center.

We are continuing to fight back against the attacks on our rights and our communities by fighting forward! Let’s stand together as proud union members and supporters to reclaim the promise of living wages, safe workplaces. and strong labor laws. On March 28th we will reaffirm our commitment to supporting high-quality public education, strong public services, and democracy in Wisconsin.

This exciting rally will feature MSNBC TV personality Ed Schultz. Ed is a strong supporter of workers’ rights and has used his popular TV and talk radio shows as platforms to raise awareness about the attacks on working Wisconsinites.

Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a union member to attend!
Tickets are FREE, with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the River Food Pantry and the AFT Local 243 scholarship fund for Madison Area Technical College students.

What: A Rally to ReMember
When: Friday, March 28, 2014. Doors open at 6 p.m. Rally begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall B, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wisconsin.

RSVP online at

Big changes are in store for college football teams. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director, Peter Sung Ohr, issued a ruling granting Northwestern football players the right to unionize and directed an election to take place.

NWU player Kain Colter presented his case to the NLRB in February. (USATSI)

According to a lengthy analysis of the decision and its effects provided by SB Nation: “The results of the election will determine whether the football team will be represented by the College Athletes Players Association. A Sports Illustrated legal expert said that they are nearly certain to get the number of votes needed to establish the union. From there, the union would be entitled to collectively bargain with Northwestern over the players’ benefits.”

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A message from the South Central Federation of Labor (SFL):

The Wisconsin Spring 2014 election is Tuesday, April 1st.

Below is the schedule for ‘Get out the Vote’ (GOTV) Canvassing and Phone Banks at the Labor Temple for SCFL endorsed candidate Michael Flores:

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Members of the Local 243 Full Time Faculty Chapter can now download a copy of an updated seniority list from our website. You’ll find it under the DOCUMENTS tab on the right hand side of the navigation bar at the top of the page. The seniority list, prepared by Kristin Gebhardt in Human Resources, is current as of March 10, 2014.

Please note: This document is in Excel format. You will need to have this spreadsheet program on your computer in order to open the document.

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: The reMember (membership) drive is still underway – so please take a moment or two during Convocation (Friday, March 14, 2014) to get your questions answered and fill out a form.

Members of our Local and Charles Peterson (our AFT Organizer) will be outside the Mitby from 8 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. After that, you can find them in the Cafeteria and after 4 they will be in C1435.

For those who prefer electronic forms, an online membership form is now available! Please take a moment to reMember today: it’s as easy as One,Two, Three, Four:

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Volunteers needed: Sign up to serve on the Local 243 Election Committee

March 13, 2014

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: There is an urgent need for Election Committee volunteers for our Local. If you want more information or are willing to serve on the Election Committee, PSRP Chapter members should contact Linda Nellen (email )and FT Faculty members should contact Jimmy DeGidio (email ) Thanks […]

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