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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!

{taken from Linda Spaulding’s email]

GTEA Leads on Performance-Based Funding Process


Gateway employees represented by GTEA (Gateway Technical Education Assoc),

WTCS, through your union, is asking you to fill out an important survey to feed into the dicussion about Performance-Based Funding (PBF).  You may only complete the survey one time; please make sure you have the time to complete it once you enter. Surveys must be completed by Thursday, October 31. []

The new WTCS Performance-Based Funding (PBF) plan introduced by the Walker administration will be one of the most important academic and employment issues in the next few years. As such, it is extremely important that faculty and academic support staff maintain a strong voice in the development of this process–a voice that we will have to fight for, together, to be heard. We hold a perspective that no other “stakeholders” can offer: we are on the front lines of education; faculty and staff need to lead the conversation on what success means for our students and community–and how we can fairly and accurately measure that success.

All of us must 1) have the opportunity and 2) take the opportunity to become actively involved in the process.  We have heard that the only way that faculty and staff may have their voices heard on PBF is through the Provost on Campus sessions; many individuals, however, are not able to attend due to class conflicts.  Therefore, we believe an alternate means to secure input from all is needed.

Unfortunately, with No Child Left Behind, we’ve all seen what poorly-conceived bureaucratic measurement systems can do to decimate schools, funding, and the working conditions of faculty and staff.

Over the upcoming weeks and months, GTEA will be sharing up-to-date information and resources about PBF, as well as holding forums for all of us to bring our voices together. GTEA, with the assistance of the United Technical College Council, has started that process, and all Gateway faculty and staff are invited to participate, as we are in this fight together, as colleagues.

We encourage you to add your voice to this process by participating in this initial WTCS performance based funding survey.

All of us have important, valid perspectives about what goes on at Gateway – and we need to maintain our strong voice in shaping the future of the WTCS.

The WTCS state office is asking “stakeholders” for input. We are definitely important stakeholders, whatever position or title you individually hold in our college. We are the front line workers who make our college strong. No one else sees our workplace from our individual perspectives; no one else knows exactly what we know, so please participate in this important  survey.


Starting July 2014, the WTCS state office will be mandated to distribute a portion of state aid funding back to each of technical college based on the college’s performance in nine specific, statutorily-defined areas. Each year, the percentage of state funding distributed by this method will increase.

The WTCS state office is seeking input via a web-based survey to understand stakeholders’ priorities and to get input into what would be the best way to measure each of the nine areas.

Before you take the survey, here’s a list of the 9 performance areas that have been passed by the WI state legislature to use to channel some of tech college funding:

1.     Placement rate of students in jobs related to students’ programs of study

2.     Number of degrees and certificates awarded in high?demand fields [The board and the Department of Workforce Development will jointly determine what constitutes high?demand fields and revise the determination as necessary.]

3.     Number of programs or courses with industry?validated curriculum [Industry-validated curriculum" means a curriculum that is developed with business or industry input and that is based on competencies and assessments that reflect the skills and knowledge necessary for a specific job or jobs within a specific type of business or industry.]

4.     Transition of adult students from basic education to skills training

5.     Number of adults served by basic education courses, adult high school, or English language learning courses, courses that combine basic skills and occupational training as a means of expediting basic skills remediation, and the success rate of adults completing such courses

6.     Participation in dual enrollment programs [For the purposes of the new performance-based funding formula, dual enrollment programs means programs or courses of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college.]

7.     Workforce training provided to businesses and individuals

8.     Participation in statewide or regional collaboration or efficiency initiatives

9.     Training or other services provided to special populations or demographic groups that can be considered unique to the district

What do you think of these 9 areas? If you work in admissions or registration, I’m sure you have views about some of these. If you are a counselor or advisor, you have ideas about many of these. Maybe your position gives you knowledge about regional collaboration or efficiency initiatives. Instructors, you surely have views about programs, mix, or curriculum.

You can also add comments – an opportunity, perhaps, to raise questions about the credentials and standards of our tech colleges, or the move to no longer require WTCS certification for college administrators and presidents.

Please take this WTCS survey now. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Also, feel free to share the survey link with any others who care about the future of our technical colleges. []

We all need to be involved to make our valid views and voices heard! Thanks for participating!


In Union,

Linda Spaulding, GTEA President

Jay Johnson, GTEA President Elect

Ken Haling, GTEA Past President © 2014 Frontier Theme