May 2015

Reminder: The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) annually awards four $1,000 scholarships to students attending an accredited, post-secondary school and taking at least six credits. All applications for this year’s scholarships must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, June 26, 2015. For complete rules and an official application form, download the PDF of the scholarship application form from the Local 243 website.

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

In order to qualify, the scholarship applicant or one of his/her parents or a legal guardian must be a member of a labor organization affiliated with the South Central Federation of Labor at the time of application, and live or work in Dane, Sauk, Iowa, Dodge, Jefferson, or Columbia counties.

Scholarship winners are selected by a lottery drawing.

Union Fishing Day PosterIt’s time to go fishing for bluegills and bass! The Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin is sponsoring a “Take the Kids Fishing Day” at Vilas Park from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. A picnic-style lunch will be served after the event.

Don’t own any fishing gear? Don’t worry: Fishing poles and bait will be available for use.

Organizers say this FREE event “is a perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the benefits of fishing and the abundance of public access opportunities available in our community.”

Although the Fishing Day is free and open to the public, it is limited to the first 150 kids whose parents or guardian register them. Please pre-register by Monday, June 15th. For additional registration, you may download the flyer for the 2015 Madison area “Take the Kids Fishing Day.”

Checkmark-225wA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: I spoke with the election committee yesterday. The results are still being verified so the election can be certified. The current challenge is that they are trying to get responses concerning all of the write-in votes – we can’t force someone to accept a position, so they are making sure those who won by write-in accept.

Email 2Email has become such an important, accepted way of communicating that it is easy to forget it’s not all that private — especially when you’re using it at work. As a recent article on the Bloomberg Business website noted, “Courts have found that workers don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy when on the job. Your boss, for example, can read your work e-mail.”

In addition, Federal and State laws require MATC to archive employee communications for a variety of purposes, including compliance with the State Open Records Law and Federal and State litigation-related records retention rules. Recently, The Capital Times requested and received copies of some emails, which were cited in an article headlined “MATC officials spar with staff hoping to thwart plan to close, sell downtown campus.” Note the second paragraph in this article by reporter Pat Schneider:

“A group of our faculty/staff is lobbying to keep DTEC (the Downtown Education Center) and is trying to rally the students and the public about the issues,” Daniels told top administrators and members of the college board of trustees in an email obtained by the Capital Times through an open records request.

The Local 243 newsletter published on March 10, 2011 featured a full page article summarizing MATC policy about archiving emails and voicemails. Most of the content of that article is reprinted below. It is full of information you need to know. Take time to read it.

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Baked beansSave the date: The South Central Federation of Labor’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) will hold its 56th annual Bean Feed dinner from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park Street).

For a $5 donation, you’ll get all the hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, and potato salad you can eat, plus a soda or beer.

The Bean Feed is the Federation’s annual fundraising activity for its political education program. There are no speeches and there is no program — just a good meal and a chance for constituents to talk things over informally with their political representatives.

MATC District Board votes to postpone decisions about DTEC and South Madison campuses

May 14, 2015

The MATC District Board “punted on a controversial proposal to sell its campus Downtown and expand its presence on the South Side at a Wednesday night meeting,” according to a report by Dan Simmons published in the Wisconsin State Journal. “The plan – which failed to pass on a 4-4 vote with one board seat […]

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