May 1: Day Without Latinxas and Immigrants

MTI has endorsed and supports the “Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants” march and rally on Wednesday, May 1. This event is being organized by Voces de la Frontera in support of their “Drivers’ Licenses for All” campaign. 

May 1 is a day of statewide mobilization to urge state legislators to restore drivers’ licenses and state ID cards for immigrant families and low-income people in Wisconsin. In order to succeed in this endeavor, the state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee would need to pass a 2019 state budget that includes drivers’ licenses for all. 

Until 2007, all Wisconsinites could obtain a drivers’ license, regardless of immigration status. Restoring drivers’ licenses for all will strengthen our economy, improve public safety, and keep families together. 

MTI members are encouraged to support the campaign by:

MTI Advice for Members Who Wish to Participate in May 1 March and Rally

1.    All MTI members are free to participate, and are encouraged to participate, in May 1 activities that occur before or after their contractual work day.

2.    Any MTI-represented teachers (including BRS) who desire to be absent from school in order to participate in May 1 activities occurring within the contractual work day are advised to submit a request for a personal leave day from their building principal. Teachers are expected to notify the school principal at least three (3) working days prior to such an absence; the request may be for either an unpaid personal day or paid personal day (charged to sick leave). Such requests are subject to principal/District approval (see Addendum A, Section 10.04 of the Employee Handbook). 

3.    Any ESEA-represented staff members who desire to be absent from school in order to participate in May 1 activities occurring within the contractual work day areadvised to submit a request for either a paid personal day (charged to sick leave),unpaid personal day, or a vacation day, or a floating holiday (if available). 

4.    Staff who are absent from work without an approved leave of absence may be subject to discipline and a loss of pay.