September 2014

Pay increase imageA message from the Local 243 Bargaining Committee:
Informational Sessions reporting on the Base Wage Bargaining sessions and the tentative agreement that has been reached start on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Eastern Region and Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Truax and Commercial Avenue.

A second announcement for the Northern Region and Metro campuses will be posted when dates meeting room locations are confirmed.

All members of Local 243 are encouraged to attend a meeting to hear reports on these important bargaining subjects, as well as ask questions.

Below are the dates and locations for the Eastern Region, Truax, and Commercial Avenue meetings: [click to continue…]

Join-Us-graphicA copy of the current AFT Local 243 Constitution is now available on our website in PDF format. It is a valuable source of information and worth reading.

One section you may wish to read carefully is Article IV – Membership. This section describes who is eligible to be a member of Local 243; the classes of membership; and the rights and responsibilities of members. Note that “Non‐members will not be allowed to attend meetings of the Union nor be allowed to vote on matters involving the contract of the bargaining unit.”

If you know someone who is eligible to be a member of Local 243, but is currently not an active (“card carrying”) member, urge them to reMember. Completing the necessary forms to become an active member of Local 243 is easy and can be done online.

Congratulations to Taylor Moehling, who was selected as an alternate winner in the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) lottery drawing for one of four $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary education. In addition to the four winners, four people are chosen as alternates in case a winner is unable to accept their scholarship for any reason.

A 2010 graduate of Jefferson High School, Taylor is studying biomedical engineering at the UW-Madison. Taylor’s mother, Kelly Moehling, works at MATC Fort Atkinson and is a member of Local 243.

A complete list of all 2014 SCFL scholarship winners and alternates is available for download in PDF format.

Shared governanceA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:
Shared Governance arrived at Madison College on Monday, September 15, 2014. It is “an important first step in the move toward the formal creation of a new organizational model that will draw upon the expertise and practical experience of Madison College faculty, staff, and administrators is the election of seven at-large members to serve on the college’s inaugural College Assembly.”

An e-mail that includes a Call for Nominations to serve on the College Assembly was sent to Madison College employees at our Madison and regional campuses. This form, as its name implies, allows employees to nominate themselves or others for an at-large seat on this important committee.

Some of the language used by the Administration in conjunction with this nomination has been confusing; in particular, this paragraph:

“The call for nominees is a process open only to members of the at-large represented employee groups. The initial voting is also limited only to those being represented. Once the final nominees are determined, all employees may vote for one nominee from each at-large group.”

What follows is an explanation of the nominations and elections process for Shared Governance that should clarify this language, as well as provide a “big picture” of how this process will unfold:

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Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Tentative Agreements have been reached. There is one last clarification necessary prior to ratification votes. Each Chapter (ESP/PSRP and FT Faculty) will plan, announce and conduct a ratification vote. The increase is 1.25% distributed as 1% effective July 01, 2014 and an additional 0.5% effective January 01, 2015. Each chapter will provide additional information specific to the members of that employee group. Increases are retroactive to July 2014, if/when the TAs are ratified. One way to estimate your new rate is to multiply what you currently earn by 1.01 (for July through December) and then multiply that by 1.005 (for January through the next negotiated change).

Wisconsin Act 10 and associated acts essentially limit negotiations to base wages within specific parameters. That is why longevity, educational attainment, benefits, and most every other previous contract provision were not negotiated this summer. Post-Act 10 contracts often can be printed on a single piece of paper, as they only address base wages. Regardless of their brevity, they are legal contracts. Again, each Chapter will provide more information. Thanks, again, to the Bargaining Teams!

Join fellow progressive activists at the Fighting Bob Fest this weekend in Baraboo, Wisconsin

September 11, 2014

Local 243 members are encouraged to attend the 13th Annual Fighting Bob Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Join thousands of fellow activists at the biggest annual gathering of progressives in the country. Speakers at the Bob Fest will include Congressman Mark Pocan; Senator Tammy Baldwin; comedian […]

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