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2015 is going to be a difficult year for labor unions and their members as Republicans assume control of the U.S. Congress and Wisconsin Legislature. Local 243 will work hard to keep you informed about important national and state issues.

But some of the most important things affecting our members will be local issues. That’s why it’s important for members to attend meetings and participate in organizing activities. To facilitate this, there have been some changes made to to organization of information on this website and blog. The most important is the addition of a Google calendar. You can access the full calendar by clicking on the link in the menu bar at the top of the page (an abbreviated version is available in the sidebar). Right now, all of the Local 243 Forum meetings for the second semester have been added to the calendar. More information about meetings and events will be posted soon. The calendar also lists U.S. holidays. Please remember to check it frequently.

Local 243 members are invite to see “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” before its theatrical release and support local community programs in the Madison area by attending a special sneak preview and program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the AMC Star Cinema Fitchburg. This special screening will kick off a month of events and activities to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings March on Washington D.C.

Tickets may be purchased online for $15. All proceeds from this event to go to the following local organizations: Southside Raiders and Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.

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Local 243 will host a free screening of “At the River I Stand” at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013 in Room 142B of the Main Building on the Truax campus.

“At the River I Stand” is award-winning documentary chronicling the Memphis, Tennessee Sanitation Workers’ Strike in 1963.

You may have seen the famous photos of the sanitation workers wearing “I AM A MAN” sandwich boards during the strike. Many remember the strike because Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was there to address the strikers on the day he was assassinated, but there’s much more to the story.

Memphis Sanitation Workers on Strike in 1963

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The weekend is almost upon us. Why not spend some time after work enjoying drinks and conversation with fellow members of Local 243 during a “Safety Meeting” starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2012? Complete details below:

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, December 14, 2012 to support the striking workers at Palermo’s Pizza.

According to Sue Vilbrant, assistant to the president at SCFL, “The Grinch aka Palermo’s Pizza is making it a tough holiday season for the families whose breadwinners have been on strike since June. Despite a partial victory in a decision by the NLRB the vast majority of strikers have been replaced at Palermo’s”

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Candlelight vigil on International Human Rights Day to demand no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid

December 10, 2012

We just had an election in which one candidate proposed to lower tax rates for the richest 2% and cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He lost. Join the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) and as they hold a candlelight vigil at the Madison office of retiring U.S. Senator Herb Kohl from 4 […]

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