Special event

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.”


Local 243 has been taking the opportunity, during this election cycle, to meet and greet (and feed) our faculty and staff at all of the MATC campuses. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 is TRUAX Day.

We are celebrating election day here in Wisconsin, offering the opportunity for folks to vote in our first annual union certification election, and bringing in free lunches for all PSRP staff and full-time faculty.

We will have staff manning a table in Hallway D starting early in the morning. Take the minute (actually less than a minute) to cast your vote on your way into school. REMEMBER: IF YOU DON’T CAST YOUR VOTE, THE STATE OF WISCONSIN WILL CAST A VOTE FOR YOU… AND THEY WILL VOTE NO.

Lunches will be available after 10 a.m. in Hallway D. Feel free to stop by, get some information about the union, vote and grab a lunch. Union reps will also be in the cafeteria during the lunch hour assisting folks who need to vote.

FYI – You can vote on line using this link. Please follow the directions carefully, make sure that your vote is verified.

april-fools-day-4Our First Annual Certification Election kicks off on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 — and we are going to do it with a BANG!

Join us at the Ale Asylum after the general membership meeting for the Local 243 April Fool’s Day Party. The festivities start at 5 p.m.

Voting stations will be set up so you can cast your vote for our certification and then join us for food, drink, and comradery! As part of the festivities we will be having a drawing for several great prizes, including an iPad, Beats Headphones, and several other great prizes (you must be present to win). We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Note: The Ale Asylum is located at 2002 Pankratz Street, not far from the MATC Truax campus.

Cycle for SightA message from Local 243 member Gerard Xavier, who works in the Counseling and College Success Department:

I am writing to ask for your support for a fundraiser I will be participating in on March 14, 2015. McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been involved with cutting edge research on eye diseases through the use of stem cells. The breakthroughs have been astounding and meaningful: Restoration of vision for thousands of people is fast becoming a reality. I am very optimistic that I will have some form of restored vision in the next 10 years.

The name of my team is “Blind Take Off” and we will be using the spinning cycles at Princeton Club West, 800 Watts Road at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. This is our second year participating in this fundraiser. Our team raised approximately $1600 last year and the entire fundraiser brought in about $30,000.

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AFLCIO Right to Work BAnner

A message from Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Mike Lussenden: Please join us at noon tomorrow — Saturday, February 28, 2015 — at the State Street Side of the Capitol to stand in solidaity with our friends in private sector unions against this so-called “Right to Work” legislation being fast-tracked through the Wiscosnin Legislature.

Private sector unions stood with us as we battled Act 10. Now, we can support the labor movement for all of Wisconsin!

“Thousands of working families have been coming to the Capitol this week to detail the impact of Right to Work legislation on their lives,” reports the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “Workers have been speaking up and making it clear to their elected officials that Right to Work will lower wages for all, decrease workplace safety, destroy long-standing training programs that give workers valuable skills and make it harder Wisconsin to feed their families, pay their bills, and have a shot at a decent life.”

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A tasty way to support Madison College students

February 23, 2015

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Consider celebrating this historic event by indulging in an “all you care to eat” opportunity to sample sweet miniature desserts at the Truax campus on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Although event […]

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