June 2014

Running for OfficeA message from Local 243 member Robin Gee:

Madison College Instructor Rebecca Parish has been working with the League of Women Voters – Dane County to set up voter registration tables at some of our Madison campuses.

Rebecca has left the Madison area, but remains connected to the college as an online instructor. Now that she is not here, she is trying to do what she can from afar but hoping that another faculty or staff member or members might take over as the liaison to the League.

The liaison role would include:

  • Working with the League of Women Voters to plan tabling (Kathleen Fullin is the LWV contact)
  • Reserving tables for a LWV registration table at our campuses
  • Publicizing the tables (notices to student life/Clarion, Matters and printing out and putting up posters — not sure if LWV has posters for you to use or if you have to create them).
  • Getting parking passes if possible for the LWV people
  • Lining up a person at each campus on the day of the event to help LWV get set up, access wifi, etc.

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The Dodge/Jefferson Chapter of the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) will hold an All Union Picnic and Food Pantry Fundraiser from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Discher Park in Horicon. There will be lots of activities for the whole family and great food. Check out the flyer accompanying this post for details.

The AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for governor, Mary Burke, will also be attending! Here’s your chance to meet her.

Dodge County Union Picnic

The case, said speakers at the press conference, seeks to divert attention from the real issues in public education in order to demonize teachers.  At the mic is fifth grade teacher Gaby Ibarra from ABC Unified School District. Behind her, from right, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, CTA president Dean Vogel, parent Martha Sanchez, and college student Kenia Alcocer.

The case, said speakers at the press conference, seeks to divert attention from the real issues in public education in order to demonize teachers. At the mic is fifth grade teacher Gaby Ibarra from ABC Unified School District. Behind her, from right, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt, CTA president Dean Vogel, parent Martha Sanchez, and college student Kenia Alcocer.


On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued a decision in the case of Vergara v. State of California that struck down teacher tenure protection, seniority-based job protection and existing disciplinary policy.

The judge agreed with the plaintiffs’ constitutional challenge to several state statutes that provide job protections to teachers, particularly to teachers with greater seniority. The judge enjoined (prohibited) the enforcement of the statutes and then placed a stay on his ruling pending the expected appeal, meaning that the injunction is not currently in force.

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SCFL LogoA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

With the opening of the new Metro Market at 6010 Cottage Grove Road, the Madison area now has a 100% union grocer. The workers at this store are represented by UFCW Local 1474.

In appreciation for their cooperation, UFCW Local 1473 and the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) are asking Union households to show their support by wearing their Union attire and visiting the new location on Saturday, June 14 any time throughout the day.

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