4/7/21 – 4/27/21

Hi GTEA Members! 
We just want to drop you a quick note and remind you to please vote in GTEA’s Annual Certification Election.  In this election, (the only election where a simple majority does not win) not voting counts as equivalent to a “no” vote in the election—so casting your ballot is extremely important to maintain a certified bargaining unit!  

The recertification requirement is an opportunity to send a message that we are looking out for each other and standing together on important issues that affect our professions, the students we all serve, and the college. This includes safety, salary advancement, workload, stakeholder input, retirement benefits, and a host of other issues.

Additionally, having a certified bargaining unit is required for GTEA to bargain for our annual CPI increase in base wages. As always, administration remains free to give us additional salary increases at their discretion.  

In past years, some folks have had a difficult time voting (the website freezing up or receiving error messages). If you have voted and feel comfortable, please contact any of GTEA Council Members or Reps, and let them know that you were able to successfully cast your ballot.

If you are experiencing any issues, we can notify our President (Jay Johnson) and our Region 7 Director (Ted Kraig). They in turn will contact WERC and try to find out exactly what the problem is to help your vote count.

Thank you in advance for casting your ballot and supporting GTEA!  PLEASE VOTE ASAP (BEFORE the 4/27 close date)!

If you are interested in becoming more involved, or have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or any other  GTEA council member.
In Solidarity,

GTEA Council


Please look for the survey in your mailboxes from the GTEA and REGION 7. We urge every member to take the survey. It is anonymous. The GTEA position is clearly spelled out below, and we would like to hear what our membership has to say.

Survey to allow GTEA a voice…

GTEA MEMBERS and Bargaining Unit members:
Hope you are all doing as well as possible given the circumstances.

If you haven’t already, please sign this petition for GTEA to have a voice on the administration’s GPS committee. As you know, there are still many unanswered questions and changes to come as we transition back to campus. Having GTEA representation on the committee will both help meet the college’s goal for improved collaboration and transparency, and provide additional advocacy for safety and health of students and staff.

We want to ensure and that any concerns or issues are being heard and addressed. Thank you and please reach out with any questions.
Best wishes!


Let us know if there are any questions, other suggestions, etc. that you may have.


First, thank you again for your membership in OUR union! We continue to effectively advocate for our shared concerns with administration and I feel as though we are making significant gains in working with administration and building power to achieve what we, as a union, want to see in our workplace. While it is always an uphill battle, we cannot do this without the support of each and every one of you. Thank you.

Think of the major works that we have accomplished even in the past two months: 

  • Securing a private meeting with HLC reviewers to present an honest view of College procedures, policy, and morale.
  • Advocating for the immediate closure of campus facilities, flexible work options, and the safety of our student, community, and colleagues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Even though we are in a state of emergency, WERC has ruled that our certification elections must continue as scheduled. There is never a better time for solidarity than right now— let’s show WERC and Gateway that we are stronger than ever by turning out our highest percentage of voters yet! We’ve got This!

Below, you will find the details of how to vote. Remember to vote YES; it literally takes less than a minute if you’re voting online.  Please vote ASAP and reply to this email, letting me know you have voted YES. This helps us successfully focus our efforts on turning out yet another STRONG showing that lets administration know that we have a unified voice! 


Please click here to go directly to the website and cast your vote!  Alternatively, you may vote by phone by calling (866) 458-9862 (toll-free). You may vote 24/7.

* Do not log off or hang-up until after your vote is confirmed.

* Unlike any other election, if you abstain from voting, you will be counted as a “No” vote.

* Your vote remains confidential: Neither Gateway Technical College nor GTEA are told specifically whether you voted to recertify.

* Recertification maintains a legal relationship between GTC and the faculty through our organization, GTEA.

* Recertification guarantees us the right to bargain for a base wage increase up to CPI— which is 1.81% this year. It also protects your base wages from decreasing annually. 

* Recertification maintains employees’ rights to have a collective, protected voice with our employer.

* Voting begins today, 1 April at noon, and ends on 21 April at noon. Please do not delay.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Jay Johnson, GTEA President, or your Campus Representatives.

Again, here is the link to cast your vote online:

Solidarity— now more than ever!

HLC Comments: Take the Survey


In advance of the HLC visit next week, GTEA is continuing our duty to gather comments from our bargaining unit to share with the HLC Review Team. Please take this short survey to let us know your experiences with how the 5 Criteria function at Gateway.

You are experts and professionals–and providing your direct and honest feedback to HLC is a meaningful part of the accreditation process
GTEA has a private meeting (NO administrators/supervisors) with the Review Team and we would like to share your experiences with them. 

The public meeting schedule is as follows: 

Monday, 2/24, 10:15 – 11:30AM Criteria 1 & 2 (Mission & Integrity w/ employees, students, & community)

Monday, 2/24, 1:45 – 3:00PM Criteria 3 & 4 (Academic Quality & Resources)

Tuesday, 2/25, 8:00 – 9:30AM Criteria 5 (Shared Governance & appropriate use of College resources)

All meetings are in the Kenosha Garden Room, with video connections to Elkhorn 114 and Racine R113 (Michigan Room). 

*URGENT* GTEA HLC Visit Meeting

In advance of the HLC visit on February 24-25, GTEA is holding an urgent informational meeting and listening session this Wednesday at noon on all 3 campuses. 

Thank you all for the comments and conversations you have shared with us, particularly those about shared governance at Gateway. Our collective participation and action has earned staff, including GTEA Officers, a private meeting with the HLC Review team on Tuesday, 2/25. 

The remainder of the meeting schedule is available to view on the GTC website here:

This Wednesday, 2/19, at noon, GTEA will be holding simultaneous urgent meetings for Bargaining Unit members only. (You do NOT need to be a dues-paying GTEA member to attend.) Please bring your questions and comments. 

The meetings will be in the following locations: 

Elkhorn – North E229

Kenosha – A130

Racine – T207

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact a GTEA Officer.

HLC Public Comments

Did you know that an important part of the HLC Accreditation process involves the submission of public comments? Stakeholders submitting public comments do have the option to have their name withheld from the institution and the review team. The public comment period is open through Friday, January 24, 2020

Per the HLC:

“As part of its Federal Compliance process, HLC provides faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders the opportunity to submit comments regarding institutions that are undergoing a comprehensive evaluation for Candidacy, Initial Accreditation or Reaffirmation of Accreditation.”

To submit a comment, you can visit the following link and fill out the online form:

Should you have any questions, inquire with your local GTEA rep. For a list of representatives, click here

Finally, to view the HLC Criterion, you can visit the HLC site directly at


Jay Johnson

GTEA President


In addition to the GTEA recertification elections, we want to remind you that there are other important elections happening on APRIL 2, 2019.