Bill Franks & Mike Pyne
Kathy Evert, a fourth grade teacher at Mazomanie Elementary in the Wisconsin Heights School District, is one of a group of teachers from around the country invited to the White House for President Barack Obama’s celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 3. At the event, according to the White House, President Obama will recognize the National Teacher of the Year as well as other outstanding educators from across America.
Following the introduction of a UW-Madison faculty senate resolution of no confidence in UW System President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents, faculty around the UW System were vocal in their call for accountability at the top of the System.
Blue Jean Nation is teaming up with the Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Wisconsin United to Amend, Forward Institute and Frame for the Future to go to communities long ignored by the political establishment to help people organize and communicate a positive vision for the future of Wisconsin and renew local democracy.
Bob Beglinger is one of our representatives for the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants (WCOA). The WCOA usually meets monthly in Madison. Read Bob's report to find out what the Legislature has been up to regarding our pension system and learn about an opportunity to be on a focus group for ETF about their communications.
Union members understand the value of community. One of the most fundamental reasons people join and participate in unions is because they know that whether it's at work, at home, or in our communities, we are all stronger - and happier - when we work together to make our lives better. The members of AFT local 3497, the McFarland Federation of Teachers, put those values into action on March 17 by helping to provide a meal to McFarland residents through Shared Table.
The Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants will hold their annual meeting on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the American Family Insurance Conference Center at 6000 American Family Parkway, Madison. Four outstanding speakers will address the group:
---Robert Conlin, Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)
---Michael Williamson, Executive Director of the State of WI Investment Board (SWIB).
---Steve Rick, economist for CUNA Mutual Insurance Group,
---Sandy Chalmers, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
Registration is only $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.