Merger talks with WEAC

AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know about an important development in the proposed merger of AFT-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). As you know, a vote on merger was originally scheduled to take place in April at both the WEAC and AFT-Wisconsin conventions. Last Saturday, WEAC’s Board of Directors voted to postpone a full merger vote.

One key reason the WEAC Board cited for this difficult decision was member concerns regarding the different dues structures of AFT-Wisconsin and WEAC. Under the original plan for a possible merger, this issue would have been resolved over a two-year trial period once both unions had approved merger. Instead, a special committee will now be put in place with representatives from both organizations. The committee’s job will be addressing how to harmonize our two unions’ different systems into one fair, effective dues structure that ensures all members get the staff and services they need. AFT-Wisconsin will take full part in this committee, which is slated to make its recommendations by the end of 2014. Based on this new timetable, a merger vote then could take place in early 2015.

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New AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Want to find out more about the potential merger of WEAC and the American Federation of Teachers – Wisconsin?

WEAC President Betsy Kippers and AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas will be participating in a Tele-Town Hall Forum next Thursday, January 23, 2014 to provide background and take your questions. They will be calling the homes of WEAC and AFT-W members at 7 p.m. on that date for an hour-long conversation.

All you have to do is answer your phone and follow directions to listen and ask questions if you like. If you are a WEAC or AFT-Wisconsin member and don’t receive a call from us at 7 p.m. on January 23, 2014, you can call us at that time at 877-229-8493, ID code 13603, and follow directions.

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New AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

As you might know, delegates at the 2013 AFT-Wisconsin Convention voted overwhelmingly to approve a vote on the question of merger with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). Our national organizations are currently reviewing the details of the documents for the proposed merged organization. Once any necessary adjustments have been made, the full documents will be shared with all members in early January 2014.

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A message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio: The possibility of merger between AFT-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Education Association Coucil (WEAC) was a major topic of debate at the AFT-Wisconsin Convention in held in Appleton from October 24-26, 2013.

While the overwhelming majority of delegates voted to continue the process of exploring and moving toward merger, there is a small minority either opposed to the idea or the process.

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The WEAC/AFT WTCS Committee will meet at Mid-State Technical College’s Stevens Point campus from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This group includes Technical College employee union members from both WEAC and AFT, and includes PSRP as well as Faculty members. The group meets to share information about what is happening on each campus and in the state. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Here is the tentative agenda for the meeting:

  • Recertification Elections – Why/why not? Coordinate Strategy
  • Update on Act 10
  • Base Wage Negotiations
  • Local Sharing/Updates
  • Local Programs and Membership
  • AFT-WI/WEAC Merger Status
  • WTCS training/conference
  • Replacement for WTCS Certification Code (“FQA”)

Joint WEAC/AFT-WI WTCS Coordination Meeting

January 17, 2013

Local 243 members are encouraged to attend the Joint WEAC/AFT-WI WTCS Coordination Meeting from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Room 142 of the Madison Area Technical College Truax campus. The morning portion of the meeting will feature round-robin sharing of bargaining and handbook successes and issues; and updates on […]

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