Vote YES to Collective Bargaining & Recertify MTEA: Nov. 29-Dec. 19
Starting November 29 at noon, please take five minutes of your time to vote yes to collective bargaining and recertify the MTEA as the collective bargaining representative for MPS educators. Our recertification vote starts Friday, November 29 at noon and ends on Thursday, December 19 at noon. Anyone who is eligible to join the MTEA can and should vote in this election, regardless of your current membership status. Retirees do not vote in the recertification but are needed as volunteers to help get out the vote. Call 259-1990 if you can help.
Walker’s Act 10 mandates that 51% of all educators who are eligible to join the MTEA must vote YES in order for the MTEA to continue as the legal bargaining agent for teachers, educational assistants, substitutes, and bookkeepers/ accountants. Forgetting to vote counts as a NO vote, so it's critical for everyone to remember and make the call!
To vote, call 1-866-458-9862. Click here for a flyer with detailed voting instructions that you can print and share with co-workers. Once you have cast your vote, you can help by making sure that all of your co-workers vote too (most schools will hold voting events between December 4 and December 10).
Having Trouble Voting?
First, call the help desk at 1-800-529-5218. The help desk is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you are still unable to cast your vote after calling the help line, click here to report the problem to the MTEA.
Concerned About More Early Childhood Tests?
This year, the state of Wisconsin is requiring K4, K5 and first grade students to take the PALS Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screener. Last year when the K5 students took the PALS test, MPS did not require them to also take the MAP literacy test. This year, however, the MPS administration has decided to require K5 and 1st grade students to take the MAP literacy test in addition to the PALS test.
For a parent perspective on K5 MAP testing, click here. We are looking for K4-1st grade teachers, as well as parents of students in K4-1st grade, who share these concerns. Please click here to take our short survey about testing in early childhood.
Nominate a Colleague for the Sid Hatch Outstanding School Leader Award
Each month the MTEA recognizes one Building Representative and one EA Chair for being an outstanding school leader. Nominate a colleague here.
MTEA Press Center
Legislators, Communities Right to Question Plans for Voucher Expansion
The following statement can be attributed to Bob Peterson, President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association:
“Milwaukee Public Schools, along with many other districts statewide, suffered devastating budget cuts during Walker’s last budget, and his proposed 2013-15 budget offers no additional funding to our students.