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Believe in Students Fast Fund joins Legal Action of Wisconsin in calling for a ban on evictions in Wisconsin

On Wednesday, March 18, Local 212's Fast Fund partnered with Legal Action of Wisconsin in seeking a moratorium on evictions during the COVID 19 pandemic. Here is the press release we issued on why a moratorium in needed.  The FAST Fund was also included in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  article about the need for an eviction moratorium.
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Frank Shansky: What I learned from 12 years of knocking doors in Wisconsin

Over the last 12 years, I have knocked on thousands of doors all over Wisconsin in support of Democratic candidates for office. I have knocked in Green Bay, Rhinelander, Wausau, Appleton, Racine, Omro, Oshkosh, Menomonee Falls and all over Milwaukee, including many of the poorest areas in the city. I walked so many miles that the door knocking contributed to my two hip replacement surgeries. I...
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Local 212 Backs Bernie!

Following a 10-month process involving full and part-time faculty, academic support staff and counselors, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 212’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) has endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president.  “This endorsement is about values. Senator Bernie Sanders has been vocal and unwavering in his support for fair and equitable ...
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Second Annual FAST Fund Gala – A Huge Success!

Over three hundred people, including dozens of MATC students, faculty and staff, packed Flores Hall at the Local 212/MATC Believe in Students FAST Fund 2nd annual Gala and Silent Auction on February 21st. After an enthusiastic video welcome from Congresswoman Gwen Moore, MATC graduate, Angel Vega, told the crowd he would not be working at the very MPS grade school he attended or pursuing his fo...
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MATC Board Passes Compensation Changes to Part-Time Faculty

The Milwaukee Area Technical College board of directors passed changes to new part-time faculty pay, paid hours outside of the classroom, and the “class & step” system used for salaries and raises on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “Some of the folks in that room did not understand some of the basics and yet they went ahead and made a very, very big decision,” says American Federation of Teachers (AFT) ...
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Presidential Endorsement Decision Saturday, March 7th

Local 212 has been a force in local and state elections for two decades. Discussing candidates, issues and electability in a friendly and supportive environment with your colleagues is a perfect way to participate in and continue that legacy. Our endorsement matters to our members and their families who value our opinion. And it matters to the general public, other unions, and to candidates ...
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Lack of Investment in Education Breeds Poverty Among Students

Lack of Investment in Education Breeds Poverty Among Students
Homelessness, poverty and food insecurity are endemic at MATC Professional success is the inevitable result of hard work and talent according to anyone who still believes in the American dream. However, regardless of one’s merit, the door to success is often closed to those who lack financial stability in the first place. Just a month ago, the Government Accountability Office released a s...
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Union Members Create Student Emergency Funds

Fast Fund
Faculty create emergency funds for struggling students. Thousands of college students struggle to meet their bills, and many have to drop out of school before reaching graduation. Now many of them will have more resources to keep them in class, thanks to an expanding emergency fund organized by faculty union members. The FAST Fund started at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where Lo...
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MATC Instructors Condemn DeVos Decision to Deregulate For-Profits, Endangering Students

MATC INSTRUCTORS CONDEMN DEVOS DECISION The American Federation of Teachers Local 212, the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s faculty union, strongly condemns the Department of Education’s decision to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule. This rule was instituted to ensure that colleges taking advantage of government-funded student loan programs could demonstrate that the training they provided...
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Norway teachers union president and AFT president issue joint statement on Trump’s racist remarks:

AFT
Press Release Union of Education Norway and AFT on President Trump’s Racism For Release:  | Saturday, January 13, 2018 Andrew Crook o: 202-393-8637 | c: 607-280-6603 acrook@aft.org http://www.aft.org WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Union of Education Norway President Steffen Handal issued t...
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