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[from Linda Spaulding]

GTEA Staff and Faculty!

Congratulations! We have voted “YES
And we have Recertified the Gateway Technical Education Association!

Thank you all for your support!

The union, through its members, is an important tool to help us achieve a voice and work together to change things for the better — as a Union, we are stronger than we are as individuals. It is because of this union we have the wages, benefits, and working conditions we do today.

This YES vote sends a strong message to the District that we want to have a voice in our workplace! We have a strong chorus of voices that helps shape our workplace for the better of our members, our students, and the community—as a Union.

In Solidarity!





And if you are NOT  a GTEA member (we encourage you to join), but you believe that there should be a negotiating entity on behalf of the employees, vote YES also!
(This does NOT mean you have to join)

Voting is from April 1 (noon) until April 21 (noon).

See the previous post for directions.




GTEA Recertification Vote Instructions

The recertification voting period required by Wisconsin Act 10 to continue to have Gateway Technical Education Association (GTEA) as your bargaining representative has arrived!

Voting is from from Noon on Tuesday, April 1 through Noon on Monday, April 21.

Please consider voting the first week to be sure you don’t forget.  If you do not vote, you will be recorded as a “no” vote.

Please vote YES to re-certify Gateway Technical Education Association as your bargaining representative!

Before you vote, please follow this link to the Frequently Asked Questions,

this include visuals of both the telephone and online voting options.


To vote you will need:

  • The first 4 letters of your last name (If your last name has fewer than 4 letters, then you just put in those letters)
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • The name of our organization, Gateway Technical Education Association
  • To vote, call 1-866-458-9862 (toll free) OR log onto (Vote 24 hours/day, 7 days/week)


If you have questions before voting please go to GTEA’s website,, for the GTEA contact on your campus.

If you have a problem voting,  please contact the election “help desk” at 1-800-529-5218 between 10 am and 6 pm, Monday-Friday and email Leigh Barker at to inform her of the problem.

Please support recertification of the GTEA  as the organization to speak and advocate for GTC faculty and professional staff by voting YES to recertify.

Linda Spaulding


Questions about recertification?

GTEA President
Linda Spaulding
IT Instructor
Work Location:  Kenosha Campus
Work phone: 262-564-3120


GTEA Recertification Committee Contacts

 Jay Johnson
Communications Skills Instructor
Work Location: Kenosha Campus
Work phone:  262-564-2682


Heidi Jenkins
Reading Instructor
Work Location:  Racine Campus
Work phone:  262-619-6672


Jason Gerber
Math Instructor
Work Location:  Racine Campus, iMet Center
Work phone:  262-619-6226


Ken Haling
Accounting Instructor
Work Location:  Elkhorn/Burlington Campuses
Work phone:  262-741-8342


Raquel Palacios
Academic Adviser
Work Location:  Racine Campus
Work phone:  262-619-6332


Staff Representative
Leigh Barker
Work phone:  888-412-3266



As always, GTEA does not dictate how its members should vote, but rather provides recommendations for its members based upon interviews, endorsements, and Education Association endorsements.

In Racine, the REA is endorsing:
Pam Handrow, Henry Perez, Jacqueline Pinager, Wally Rendon (i) and Dennis Wiser (i) for school board.


KEPAC (KEA PAC) endorsed:
JoAnn Taube, Mike Kehoe, and Mike Falkofske.
For more information on the interview and endorsement for KEA, please see the following link.

KEA / REA Legislative Dinner

To: COR members and interested GTEA members:

GTEA has been invited to participate in the KEA / REA Legislative Dinner on Wednesday, March 19  (5:30pm – 8pm) at Cortese’s Banquet Hall on 1300 Sheridan Road in Kenosha.

Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke will be the keynote speaker.

If you are interested and available to attend this Legislative dinner, please let me know by  March 5th at the latest.

GTEA will pay for your participation in the dinner.

[Linda Spaulding]

CALLING ALL GTEA…send us your “selfies!”

selfpicselfpic PastedGraphic-1SEND US YOUR SELFIES (y’know its in the dictionary now) for a collaborative project that YOU will be an integral part of.

You can use your digital camera, or any smartphone or cellphone. Send us your SELFIE and help promote the GTEA slogan and idea the “WE ARE GTEA!”

Send us only the ones you like! They will be used in promotional material for the GTEA, since the members are, in fact, what makes GTEA.

Don’t worry if you don’t look like a model, that’s not the point. The point is to capture you as only you can!

Take a photo that frames your face/head. It can be from above, straight on, profile, upshot…just a long as it is YOU and you don’t mind sharing it!

Details will soon follow (from Ellen Pedraza and Peter Pham) on how you can submit them!


GTEA members should have received ballots in their work mailboxes for the NEA elections. If you have not, please contact Linda Spaulding or one of your campus reps.

The GTEA does not tell any member how to vote, however several members have inquired as to which candidates GTEA’s COR recommends due to their knowledge of higher-education issues.

check_markThose candidates are:

  • #27 – Britt Hall
  • 37 – Betsy Kippers
  • 57 – Arlene Braden
  • 60 – Ronald ‘Duff’ Martin
  • 70 – May Shaw


Workload: Reminder


You have probably all received your tentative workloads in December.  Hopefully you took the opportunity to review your respective workloads.  Remember the spring semester is the last semester for the 2013-2014 school year.  Your full load for the year should be between 684 – 756 phi.  Your semester load should be 342 – 378 phi. If you have achieved the minimal 708 on the year, the semester may be allowed to dip.


If you have directed study classes

  • 1 student = independent
  • 2-5 students = directed study.  It is worth ? phi and meets ? hours
  • 6-9 students = directed study.  It is worth ? phi and meets ? hours
  • 10+ students = full class. It is worth full phi and meets full hours





Remember to identify your 5 office hours and where you will be during your office hours – in your office or in a classroom or online.


 At the end of the 2013 fall semester a revised (electronic) employee handbook was shared with everyone from Zina Haywood.  Please take time to review the handbook if you have not already done so.

One thing we noticed that was a little different from the previous handbook edition is related to the PTO (Paid Time Off).  The update is in line with the statements used in the previous bargaining unit agreement for Personal days.

Have a GREAT 2014 Spring semester!

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