Membership benefits

Dollar sign“Being represented by a union appears to pay big financial dividends for full-time instructors at community colleges,” concludes a new study recently reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“The differences are stunning,” says Stephen G. Katsinas, a professor of higher education at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa who is one of the study’s three co-authors.

“Depending on the size, location, and public-financing sources of their institution, unionized full-time instructors earn from about 5 to 50 percent more in pay and benefits than do their nonunionized peers at similar community colleges,” according to the study results.

Source: “Unionization Pays Off for Community-College Instructors” by Peter Schmidt – published April 15, 2015 in the online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education

In These Times MagazineFounded in 1976, In These Times magazine is one of the few media outlets with a devoted and unabashedly pro-worker labor beat. According to a recent announcement by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, for a limited time, all union members can receive a FREE one-year subscription to In These Times.

All the staff writers and most other editorial employees at the Chicago-based magazine are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). You can learn more about the magazine and the kinds of articles it features by visiting the archives section of the magazine’s website.

If you are interested in signing up for a free subscription to In These Times, you may use this link or the link in the Trumka announcement.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 American Federation of Teachers Robert G. Porter Scholars Program.

Porter played an invaluable role in leading the union during an era of explosive growth, during his tenure as secretary-treasurer of the AFT. After his death in 1991, the AFT executive council established the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program in 1992.

This program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are dependents of AFT members. The scholarship/grant is solely merit-based, centering on academic excellence, but evidence of volunteerism and activism at the school and community level are also highly regarded.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: Just a reminder that applications for AFT-Wisconsin college scholarships (for dependents of members or retirees) MUST be POSTMARKED by this Saturday, March 15. 2014 (applications postmarked by March 15, 2014 but received later will be accepted).

Application forms may be downloaded from the AFT-Wisconsin website.

Additional information about these scholarships (taken from the AFT-Wisconsin website) is printed below:

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The American Federation of Teachers is now accepting applications for the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program.

During his tenure as secretary-treasurer of the AFT, Porter, who held a bachelor’s degree from Washington University and studied labor education at Oxford University in England, was a strong advocate for benefits of unionism and the value of education. He believed that the members were the lifeblood and the foundation of the union. After his death in 1991, the AFT executive council established the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program in 1992.

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Answers to your questions about calls from American Income Life insurance representatives

August 12, 2013

A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: It has been brought to my attention that members are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be with the union and asking for confirmation of the beneficiary on the member’s life insurance policy (and the person calling already has the beneficiary’s name). Here is what you […]

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