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REGION 7 NEWS

A Voice for Our Profession on the Radio

Resistance Radio (WRRD, 1510AM) continues to air unique voices on teaching and education that have not been heard on Milwaukee airwaves in a very long time.

This coming Monday, July 24th, at 7:00 am, 1510AM’s Earl Ingram Show will be joined by Joanna Perez Rizzotto, a 21 year teacher, MPS parent and accomplished advocate for all education professions. 

In addition to being an active leader in her local, the South Milwaukee Education Association, Joanna is an innovative teacher of at-risk students and has served on multiple DPI committees. She offers an eloquent challenge to the “new normal” of testing, standardization, and market-based “reforms” that are doing so much harm in our public schools.

Tune in to Resistance Radio on Monday to hear a great educator’s voice on what is really going on in public education.


 

WRRD is a Progressive Radio Station (1510 AM) that also can be listened to online.

Jay Johnson: REA teacher support

I wanted to pass along some info I received from my friend and REA President, Angelina Cruz, about some of the battles our fellow public educators are facing within our own three-county district.

I strongly believe that we should share this info with our own membership and encourage them to get active in messaging the RUSD BOE, especially if they are RUSD residents.

Jay Johnson
Past President

[from Angelina’s email]

… any help you can give in spreading the word with your members and folks that care about public education is much appreciated.

This is clearly a union busting tactic and very disappointing coming from the vast majority of the folks that are likely to vote in favor of it at this point.

[Jay has links to the events Angelina has set up online for the school board meetings for any interested individuals to help and support]:

Thank you for any and all help you’re able to give us!
In Solidarity,

Angelina Cruz
Racine Education Association (REA) President

New Forms Available

New reimbursement forms are now available (as of 7/18/17). Jay Johnson has made the document available via Google Docs as well. Please see the NEW FORMS menu (moved out from the SUBmenu under the REPS menu– now as its own menu) for the NEW Reimbursement forms.

Membership Ratification of new Tentative Agreement

On Thursday, 1 June 2017, the GTEA bargaining team met with Gateway’s bargaining team in order to establish our 2017-2018 annual salary. On Tuesday, 6 June 2017, Human Resources presented a formal written Tentative Agreement to us.

I am very pleased to announce that we bargained for the maximum allowed increase under Act 10. This year, that equates to a 1.26% increase in base wage for all employees in our bargaining unit.

While not part of the official bargaining process, we have also advocated for a salary schedule, as this was what the vast majority of unit members have loudly declared they want through our recent survey. Those survey results will be shared with you in more detail over the Summer semester.

Per the rules of the ratification process, the tentative agreement reached today requires GTEA members–those who have elected to maintain their membership in GTEA by paying dues–to vote to ratify this agreement.

Similar to past years, we will hold the ratification vote online.
[ed note: A link to a form for voting has been sent to members via a link sent out via email address of record to all members. Please contact a GTEA rep if you have not received the link]

Please follow the link [in the aforementioned email]  to vote on ratification of the maximum increase in salary for 2017-2018. You must include your full name or Gateway ID number as well as voting yes or no on the tentative agreement.

The voting will be open until 11:59PM CDT on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.

We anticipate having a signed agreement approved by the Gateway District Board in time for increases to appear at the beginning of our 2017-2018 annual contract on July 1, 2017.

Please, let the GTEA officers know if you have any questions. And, thank you again for joining with your colleagues to maintain a strong, unified voice for professional employees at Gateway.
Solidarity.
Jay Johnson

GTEA Past President

Tentative Agreement for 2017-2018

Suzanne SubletteHello Colleagues! GTEA has completed formal collective bargaining negotiations regarding base wage increases for bargaining unit members.  We have reached a tentative agreement

For academic year 2017-2018, each full-time employee who is a member of the GTEA bargaining unit will receive a base wage increase of 1.26%.  

This agreement is contingent upon ratification by GTEA members.  GTEA will soon forward information to all current GTEA members detailing the voting process for ratification.  

Please continue to check your inboxes for news, updates and information.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jay Johnson or myself.  

Regards! Suzanne

General Membership Poll

GTEA recently re-certified with 96% of the vote!
Now we get to polling the general membership on their viewpoints on subjects like MERIT PAY for future negotiations.

 

If you do not receive a survey in the near future, and do not have a personal (non-GTC) email on record with the GTEA,  please contact any of the GTEA representatives to share that info with us.

Your voice is GTEA’s voice!

 

ACTION ALERT

 

“Performance Based Funding” Backfires Should be Rolled Back, Not Expanded

In his 2015 state budget, Governor Walker redirected 30% of Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) state funding into a “performance based” model. Under this system, colleges must show specific outcomes in seven areas, out of a possible ten, to receive any of this state funding.  Colleges compete with each other for funds from this pool.
Walker had planned to make all state funding dependent on performance based criteria, but significant push back from technical college advocates limited it to 30%. Research reviews of similar programs in other states have shown that performance based funding does little good and probably backfires by undermining funding for colleges that serve more economically disadvantaged students.
In his current 2017-19 budget proposal, Walker has proposed to further reduce the flexibility of our tech colleges to choose criteria that best fit their student populations, communities and program mixes. He has proposed that each college have to show success in all 10 outcomes, not the current 7 of 10. This change would further harm many of our technical colleges since not all colleges serve the same demographics and populations.
Email your state legislator today. Tell him/her that performance based funding has limited value and should be reduced or eliminated, not expanded or made more rigid.
Further Background:
2013 Act 20 (the 2013-15 biennial budget), established a new funding model for WTCS by moving toward 30% of general state aid to technical colleges dependent on specific “performance measures”
The 2013 funding model established nine statutory criteria:
1)  Job placement rates (% of graduates working in their field of study or # of graduates working in their field of study)
2)  Degrees and certificates awarded in high demand fields (# of WTCS-recognized degrees and diplomas awarded in Top 50 “high demand fields” as updated by the WI Department of Workforce Development)
3)  Programs or courses with industry-validated curriculum (# of active programs and # of programs with Phase 2 TSA Approval)
4)   Transition of adult basic education students to skills training (# of ABE/ELL students who complete a post-secondary course)
5)  Success rate of adults in basic education courses ((# of adults served through ABE and ELL and # of ABE students who showed educational gains)
6)  Participation in dual enrollment programs (# credits earned through all types of dual enrollment)
7)  Workforce training provided to businesses and individuals (# of credits earned through Employer Paid Training, Apprenticeship, Professional Development Seminars and Customized Instruction Contracts)
8)  Participation in collaboration or efficiency initiatives (Total # FTEs College participation in statewide collaborations)
9)  Training provided to special populations or demographic groups unique to the district  (# of Pell grant, minority, veteran, incarcerated, dislocated worker and disabled students)
A tenth outcomes-based criteria was added in 2015/17:
10) Credit for prior learning (# credits awarded for experiential learning)
 
Currently, each technical college selects 7 of the 10 criteria on which to be judged.
 
Jim Zylstra, executive vice president of WTCS who oversees outcomes-based funding, has stated that two criteria that are NOT part of the performance based funding for technical colleges are 1) the number of students successfully transferring to four-year colleges, and 2) number of students who successfully complete police and firefighter training programs.  This in particular hits certain colleges who exceed and excel in these two areas.
 
Scott Walker had wanted the Performance Based criteria to grow to 100% of the tech colleges’ funding, but there was considerable push back that anything beyond 30% would be extremely volatile and would discourage new programs from starting. What did get passed was 10% of state funding allocated via these performance based criteria in 2014-15; 20% in 2015-16; and 30% in 2016-17.   
 
One big question is whether, after this school year, funding reverts back to 0% or 30% or some other percentage. In his state budget proposal, Walker has proposed maintaining the 30% and making the criteria more narrow and rigid, with no college choice of criteria to be used. The reconfigured criteria would be:
  1. 10.5% of funding based on: participation in dual enrollment programs and the development and implementation of a policy to award course credit for educational experience and training not obtained through an institution of higher education.
  2. 10.5% of funding based on: student placement in jobs related to the students’ programs of study; number of degrees and certificates awarded in high-demand fields, as jointly determined by DWD and the TCS Board; number of programs or courses with industry-validated curriculum; and workforce training provided to businesses and individuals.
  3. 6% of funding based on: number of adults served by specified basic adult education, skills, and training courses and the success rate of adult students completing the courses; transition of adult students from basic education to skills training; and training and other service provided to special populations or demographic groups that are unique to a technical college district.
  4. 3% of funding based on: participation in statewide or regional collaboration or efficiency initiatives.
Performance based funding is hurting the largest technical colleges the most because past funding was based on total student population and they have lost significant dollars under this program.  The largest technical colleges also have the most diverse populations attending their colleges; therefore, this program hurts people who can afford it the least.  For example the number of economically disadvantaged students is 8 percent at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and almost seven times that – or 53 percent – at Milwaukee Area Technical College according to WTCS report for 2017.
 
Under current funding models, some increases have come in the form of short-term funding in some high employment programs, but these fast paced training models have never been successful with nontraditional students who have struggled in high school or have been out of school or the workforce for a long time. Suddenly launching them into an intensive 40 hour a week, 8 week training program nets few successes.  This funding also drains money away from other programs in the college.
 
About the only thing we did learn from these programs was cited in the WTCS report in 2017-19 Biennial Budget Initiative on Outcome Based Funding.  Success was achieved by the use of ABE/ELL instructors team teaching with occupational instructors 50% of time to achieve very high completion rates.  This type of practice requires a stable and increased budget.
 
We need an increase in state funding for all so that we can continue to add employees to the skilled workforce, have students transition to four year colleges, and have students map out a pathway to success through pre-college and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to program completion and jobs.
 
Nicholas Hillman, a UW-Madison education professor who researched the idea of performance based funding when it was proposed for the UW system has reported that a review of 12 studies showed little or no improvement in the graduation rates or number of degrees awarded in states.  This seems to be another reason to advocate for less funding through the Performance based system and more through the existing WTCS state aid formula. 

RECERTIFICATION VOTING: PAST PRESIDENT MESSAGE

The following is from the email sent out by PAST-PRESIDENT Jay Johnson. It should have also been in all GTEA members’ emails (in fact all GTC employees should have  also received a similar email, since non-members may still vote in favor of GTEA representation).

 

Dear GTEA Bargaining Unit Members-

You are receiving this email because you are part of GTEA’s Bargaining Unit and therefore eligible to cast your vote to recertify GTEA. Thank you for your overwhelming support the last two years. We ask you to please vote YES to recertify our bargaining unit. For more information about GTEA, please see the below email.

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 maintains employees’ rights to have a collective, protected voice with our employer.
  • Voting begins today, April 5 at noon, and ends on April 25 at noon.  Please do not delay.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Suzanne Sublette (GTEA President), Jay Johnson (GTEA Past President), GTEA Officers, or your Campus Representatives.

Again, here is the link to cast your vote online: http://aaaelections.org/WERC

Solidarity–and thank you for your support,

Jay Johnson
GTEA Past President

 

from Region 7 WEAC

REGION 7 UPDATE

WEAC/GTEA members should be receiving the REGION 7 email updates from Ted at their email address of record. If you are not, please notify Ted and/or  GTEA reps. This update is particularly important, so please click the link to be taken to the site if you have NOT received it…

 

Scott Walker’s budget proposal in February was substantially better than his prior budgets which slashed funding for our schools, universities, healthcare and other vital services. 
 
Now, the next crucial step in the budget process is at hand. The legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is holding public hearings throughout the state, including at State Fair Park, this Wednesday. 
 
Now is a crucial time. Our state legislators need to hear from us.
 
While at least restoring some of the money slashed from education in his previous budgets, Walker’s proposal is loaded with poison pills, including sticking it to educators again with a requirement to raise health care costs and a provision that would effectively end employee rights…
[please click here to read the full text on WEAC’s site]
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