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What has Local 212 done for us lately?

Local 212 has been the collective voice of MATC’s faculty since 1931, long before public employees won the legal right to collectively bargain. In its first decade Local 212 secured tenure and a single-salary schedule based on educational attainment and length of service. Since its Depression-era origin, Local 212 has expanded its ranks by organizing the counselors, professional staff and part-time employees.

Local 212 fights for and organizes its members.  Local 212 also fights for MATC’s students.  We are committed to student success and we recognize that our students’ learning conditions are our working conditions.

MATC faculty, counselors and professional staff are among the highest paid in the nation and have secured important institutional rights and protections because of Local 212’s commitment to fair play, professional development, member involvement and member mobilization.  All three of Local 212 ‘s bargaining units, full time faculty and counselors, part-time faculty, and professional staff, were overwhelmingly recertified in the last state recertification election

(April 2016) receiving 98% or more of the votes cast.

What has Local 212 accomplished recently:

  • Won back pay for numerous faculty whose load was miscalculated by administration
  • Won back pay for 42 faculty members when substitute pay was unilaterally cut
  • Helped secure the addition of three new full-time faculty for Early Childhood Education, Dental and Human Services
  • Prevented the college from closing the downtown early childhood education center during semester breaks
  • Aggressively advocated for shared decision-making in the College of Health Sciences
  • Negotiated the maximum salary increase allowable under state law in 2015
  • Prevented increases in workloads experienced at other Wisconsin Technical Colleges
  • Continued to protect the fully-funded WRS pension system from raids by the Wisconsin legislature
  • Won a $25,000 Innovation Grant and established M2LASTS (“MATC & MPS Learning and Serving Together Successfully”), a Local 212-led professional development program
  • Developed one of the state’s best handbooks that continues the salary, benefits, and workload you count on, have earned and deserve
  • Ensured that violations of handbook, policies and procedures, were corrected if your rights were violated
  • Represented members in disputes with supervisors
  • Secured 20% release time for all new full time faculty allowing them to take peer support
  • Provided faculty and staff professional development through ER&D and its flagship program, Peer Support

Legal advocacy

Local 212 provides representation and legal advice on matters including:

  • Discipline and dismissal
  • Family & Medical Leave
  • Discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Disability benefits
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

For Students:

  • Led effort to increase student work study pay to $11 an hour instead of returning unused dollars to the federal government
  • Awarded FAST (Faculty & Students Together) Fund emergency grants for students
  • Established the public education program “Know before you Enroll,” in conjunction with the City of Milwaukee, to educate our community about the perils of enrolling in for-profit colleges
  • Local 212 members children have won $1000 in scholarships through AFT Wisconsin in both 2015 and 2016
  • One Local 212 member’s child won an $8000 AFT national higher ed scholarship 2015
  • One Local 212 member won a Wisconsin Historical Society Scholarship

Your union is working harder than ever to represent your ideas and best interests. We wholeheartedly thank you for your support and ask only one thing: When new faculty present themselves, please speak to them about the importance of joining AFT Local 212!  You will be providing your union’s leadership with the leverage needed to continue to be successful on your behalf.

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Latest Accomplishments for Faculty

  • Negotiated the maximum salary increase allowable under state law in 2015
  • Prevented increases in workloads experienced at other Wisconsin Technical Colleges
  • Continued to protect the fully-funded WRS pension system from raids by the Wisconsin legislature
  • Developed one of the state’s best handbooks that continues the salary, benefits, and workload you count on, have earned and deserve
  • Ensured that violations of handbook, policies and procedures, were corrected if your rights were violated

Latest Accomplishments for Students

  • Led effort to increase student work study pay to $11 an hour instead of returning unused dollars to the federal government
  • Awarded FAST (Faculty & Students Together) Fund emergency grants for students
  • Established the public education program “Know before you Enroll,” in conjunction with the City of Milwaukee, to educate our community about the perils of enrolling in for-profit colleges
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