Local 212 will begin our reMember campaign the week of October 28th.
The reMember campaign is Local 212’s membership sign-up effort required by Act 10, Governor’s Walker’s anti-union law. We need all of YOU to sign new membership cards to keep Local 212 the strong and active union that it is.
For more than 80 years MATC’s faculty, counselors and professional staff have been represented by Local 212. We won collective bargaining rights in 1959 and since the early 1960s have negotiated contracts that ensure job security, academic freedom, faculty control of the classes, labs, clinicals, certification and curriculum, sabbaticals, professional development, career paths for part time faculty and paraprofessionals, and much much more. Local 212 and MATC work because of we have an organized and dedicated membership who are members of a strong and active local union.
Currently, MATC collects union dues for Local 212. The college should continue to do this through our successor contract, which begins in February 2014 and ends in February 2015. But because of Act 10, nothing is certain in these uncertain times.
Because of this uncertainty, our attorneys have advised us to ask you to sign new membership cards authorizing Local 212 to deduct dues from your bank account in the event, and only in the event, that MATC stops doing it for us. Deductions would be monthly just as they are for your electric or phone bill.
We will be holding reMember sign-up days and informational meetings at all campuses beginning the week of October 28th. See the date for your campus below or check your on-campus mail boxes. We are also trying to establish an on-line sign-up protocol.
When you sign-up, Local 212 will provide you with a tier for your current dues. All you need to do is sign the new membership card and fill in your code. We will also provide you with your current COPE(Committee on Political Education) so you can confirm that contribution, increase or decrease it on the card.
We are using one card, so that the financial institution handling our accounts does not charge Local 212 for two transactions.
You will also need to provide us with your bank account number and routing number, so please bring that information to the reMember meetings at your campus.
If you forget to bring your bank information, you can still sign up. Just call or email us with the bank information later; however, if you bring your bank’s information when you sign up, it will reduce the workload for our office staff.
The information we collect is entirely confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside our organization and the financial institution we are using.
You will be notified if MATC stops collecting dues and before Local 212 has to activate the bank withdrawals.
For generations Local 212 has played a vital role at MATC and in the broader community. Your pay, benefits, professional development, rights on the job and due process, academic freedom, job security, control over curriculum and class size, the college’s funding, and more are all the result of the tireless efforts of generations of professional educators who came before us. While collective bargaining rights allowed us to institutionalize these gains more effectively, Local 212 won many of these gains before we had the legal right to engage in collective bargaining.
Local 212 will continue to represent, organize, and fight for you, MATC’s professional educators, whether or not Act 10 is restored. To be prepared for any eventuality, we need You to join the reMember campaign now!
AFT, Local 212's Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:30 - 7:00pm @ Turner Hall Restaurant
1038 North Fourth
Street, Miwlaukee (Brief General Membership Meeting will be held at 3:30pm) For More information call 414.765.0910
More than 100 AFT Local 212 members and their families march for living wages, citizenship and union rights on Labor Day, September 2, 2013.