August 2014

Solidarity imageA message from Local 243 Secretary Mike Lussenden:

Local 243 will hold a general membership meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Room C1423 on the Truax Campus.

We sent out an e-mail earlier, but are not certain it reached everyone.

Please check your private email accounts for the following message:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
4:30 PM Truax, C1423

“Forgive the delay in this announcement. We are migrating contacts to personal email. This has taken extra time. If you are still receiving this message via Madison College email, please send me a personal email address to and I will update the records. We will not be using college email for future contacts.”

Note: The email addresses on this blog are masked. If clicking on an email link does not open a new window in your browser, right click on the link to copy it; then paste it into the TO field on your email document.

Signing up for membership in Local 243 is easy.

An online membership form is now available. Please take a moment to complete the form today: it’s as easy as One,Two, Three, Four:

        1. Go to the AFT-Wisconsin website and click on 0243-MATC Madison in the drop down box..
        2. Select your dues category (salary range) in the next drop down box, then click: Join
        3. Complete the membership form. Enter your current Committee on Political Education (COPE) contribution amount (if applicable). If not currently contributing to COPE, enter your new COPE contribution amount in order to support the political work of our union. (NO dues money is spent on political purposes: COPE is the way such activities are funded).
        4. Click on: Authorize Payment

If you prefer, you may download copies of the Local 243 reMembership form and dues guide from our website.

Women's Equality Day

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

One of the best ways to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this year and honor the memories of the brave women who worked long and hard to pass the 19th Amendment is to make certain you are registered to vote in Wisconsin’s very important Fall 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

At you can register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, and see your sample ballot,

Additional information about elections in Wisconsin is available at the Government Accountability Board website.

Labor Day scflLabor Day has arrived! Attend LABORFEST 2014 at the Madison Labor Temple from noon until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 1st.

There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family including food, live music, and face painting.

For more information and updates, visit the event Facebook page.

Throwback-Thursday-Ziegfield-Follies-Chorus-Girls-Form-Union_blog_post_fullWidthNinety-five years ago, during August 1919 while the members of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) were on strike, the chorus girls in the Ziegfield Follies create their own union, the Chorus Equity Association, after they learned their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association. They were helped by a $100,000 donation from superstar and former chorus girl Lillian Russell. In 1955 the union merged with AEA.

Source: AFL-CIO blog

Information about the Wisconsin Fall Primary Election on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 5, 2014

Wisconsin’s Fall Primary Election is next Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — and if that seems a bit early, it’s because it’s another attempt at voter suppression by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature. Formerly held in September, the date was moved up in an attempt to limit student voting. Currently, there are multiple candidates from each party […]

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