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Free Financial Consultations in February!

Attention MTI Members!

Sign up for an individual financial consultation at MTI with Steve Pike, WEA Member Benefits Consultant, retired Madison teacher and past MTI President.

WHAT:  FREE Financial Consultation

WHEN:  See Below (register by clicking on the link below)

WHERE:  33 Nob Hill Road, Madison, WI

This is ideal if you are just getting started, have specific questions, or would like a quick check-in.  Because these are held onsite, it’s a convenient way to meet with someone face-to-face to get some general help or guidance.

Steve can answer your specific questions on a wide range of financial topics such as:

  • Reasons to start a 403(b) or IRA savings account and how to enroll
  • Wisconsin Retirement System basics
  • Retirement Savings strategies; Pre-tax vs. Roth, 403(b) vs. IRA
  • Investment/Account Fees
  • Budgeting
  • Tips for purchasing personal insurance

Some things to bring along to your consultation include:

  • Recent paycheck stub
  • Recent 403(b) and/or IRA account statements
  • WRS statement
  • Laptop (if available)
  • Other financial information you would like reviewed

Spouses/partners welcome!

Sign up here for a consultation in February!

Can’t make it to a consultation but want to talk to someone? Sign up for a 30-minute phone consultation and speak to a Retirement and Investment Consultant. Find a time and day that’s convenient for you at www.weabenefits.com/consults.

Jan 26: Teaching for Black Lives – A Conversation

Sunday, January 26
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monona Grove High School
4400 Monona Dr, Monona, Wisconsin 53716

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/462001211184157/

As educators and concerned members of this democracy we are compelled to have courageous and honest dialogue about race. Racism is the result of a complex interplay of individual attitudes, collective social values, and institutional practices. When we begin to better understand these forces, examine our own beliefs and implicit bias’, be reflective, transparent and vulnerable there is movement forward to eradicate racism in our schools and in our society.

It is in this spirit we invite you to join the conversation with a student panel, Jesse Hagopian, and a community talk back.

Jesse Hagopian is an award-winning educator and leading voice on issues of educational equity, the school-to-prison-pipeline, standardized testing, the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and social justice unionism.

Jesse is an author, public speaker, organizer, and Ethnic Studies teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School. Jesse is the co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives.

Get more information and register www.weac.org/tfbl.

Jan 25: WEAC Leaders for Just Schools

On Saturday, January 25, 2020 WEAC will be holding a one-day, drive-in training of Leaders for Just Schools: Equity Cadre at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Join WEAC for this important one-day convening of an equity cadre. More details: https://cvent.me/QRQzk5

BLM @ Schools t-shirt distribution

Our Black Lives Matter at School t-shirt orders are in!

We thank you for your patience! Here is how they will be distributed:

  • PLEASE do not come as individuals to pick up shirts.
  • MTI staff have organized t-shirt orders by site.
  • Either your building FRED (Faculty Rep on Equity & Diversity) or FAC REP ( or both)  will pick up at MTI on Tue or make other arrangements with Kerry Motoviloff. They have already been contacted.
  • They will receive a list of WHO ordered PREPAID shirts at your site.
  • They are asked to deliver shirts by Friday, Jan 24.

**MTI did order a few extras for each size. First come, first serve IN PERSON order and pick up only, no holds.  You can purchase Tuesday night at the Fac Rep meeting if you bring money. Prepaid shirts online ( SQUARE) only. Please do not order over e-mail or phone call. We will announce when we are sold out.

  • Please be patient with us 🙂 Send questions to mti@madisonteachers.org
  • Orders must be placed by Wednesday, January 8.
  • Shirts will be available for pickup at the MTI office by the end of January 2020.

T-shirt sizes and details

The Bella shirt is a women’s cut and runs extremely fitted and small. The smaller sized t-shirts could pass for children’s sizes.

The Canvas shirt is unisex fit.

  • New addition to the 2020 shirts – MTI logo printed on the sleeve, spiffy, eh? 🙂 

Let us know if you have any issues or questions that arise. The goal of having an online store for the union is to make union gear more accessible for members. In the past Faculty Representatives have collected cash and paper order forms. We would like to streamline this process to make it easier for folx. Contact mti@madisonteachers.org with any concerns. Thank you.

Feb 3 -7: Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

Visit our BLM @ School Page with details for the week of action.

Let us know how you plan to participate. Take the online pledge today!

March 21 & April 18: Additional Social Justice Saturdays

Two additional Solidarity for Social and Racial Justice Saturdays Added!

  • March 21 – Facilitating Critical Conversations, @ MTI HQ 9am-3:30pm
  • April 18 – Social Justice Teaching 101, @ MTI HQ 9am-3:30pm

Online registration available. Spaces are limited!

For more information please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/rvxsr7m

Free to MTI members. PACs available. Members attending sessions can earn a stipend of $150 stipend. Join the ones that you can! It is not necessary to attend series from the beginning. Non Members will be admitted for the fee of $25 per session.

April 19: Bowl-A-Thon

MTI Cares, the community outreach committee for Madison Teachers Inc., is partnering with the Food 4 Thought Initiative (Food4TI) for our 7th Annual Bowl-a-Thon (and Silent Auction).

The event takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 12-3 PM at Village Lanes in Monona (208 Owen Rd.).

Food4TI currently supports food pantries at five Madison schools and needs support to keep them stocked!.  Food4TI also runs “Thea’s Table” a weekend based food program that works with MMSD school social workers to help provide weekend meals for homeless or at risk families; currently serving over 50 families in need.  As education professionals we encounter this need in our schools every day and are excited to partner with Food4TI to help address this problem.

All proceeds go to the Food for Thought Initiative (Food4TI) for operating and program costs. View Food4TI’s website at: http://www.food4ti.org/

Register your team for the 7th annual MTI Cares Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Madison’s Food for Thought Initiative to improve food access and alleviate hunger among Madison area school students and their families.

The cost to participate is $6.00 per bowler and will cover three games and shoes.

Each team must have a minimum of three (3) bowlers to reserve a lane (max. 6). MTI Cares encourages each team to set a fundraising goal of $20 per bowler. There will also be a silent auction again this year for friends or family members who do not wish to bowl.

For additional information, see www.madisonteachers.org/bowl-a-thon2020

Feb 22: Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday

Join MTI-CENTRS on Saturday, February 22 for the Fourth Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday to be held at the Urban League.

MTI-CENTRS is partnering with NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Department to offer a series of Saturday racial justice-focused sessions. We launched our MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday series in 2019. Most sessions will be held at MTI from 8:30-3:30. (lunch provided). Participants will need to bring a laptop. The focus in the morning will be common learning with the afternoon focus on resource review and planning.

These sessions, led by national trainers, are FREE TO MEMBERS.

SIGN UP for Feb 22 and future sessions today. Spots are limited!

PAC credit is available. Please share this flyer with your staff. Members attending 3 or more sessions can qualify for a stipend. MTI-CENTRS is an NEA GPS funded grant.

Questions? kmotoviloff@madisonteachers.org

Free Financial Consultations in January!

Attention MTI Members!

Sign up for an individual financial consultation at MTI with Steve Pike, WEA Member Benefits Consultant, retired Madison teacher and past MTI President.

WHAT:  FREE Financial Consultation

WHEN:  See Below (register by clicking on the link below)

WHERE:  33 Nob Hill Road, Madison, WI

This is ideal if you are just getting started, have specific questions, or would like a quick check-in.  Because these are held onsite, it’s a convenient way to meet with someone face-to-face to get some general help or guidance.

Steve can answer your specific questions on a wide range of financial topics such as:

  • Reasons to start a 403(b) or IRA savings account and how to enroll
  • Wisconsin Retirement System basics
  • Retirement Savings strategies; Pre-tax vs. Roth, 403(b) vs. IRA
  • Investment/Account Fees
  • Budgeting
  • Tips for purchasing personal insurance

Some things to bring along to your consultation include:

  • Recent paycheck stub
  • Recent 403(b) and/or IRA account statements
  • WRS statement
  • Laptop (if available)
  • Other financial information you would like reviewed

Spouses/partners welcome!

Sign up here for a consultation in January!

Can’t make it to a consultation but want to talk to someone? Sign up for a 30-minute phone consultation and speak to a Retirement and Investment Consultant. Find a time and day that’s convenient for you at www.weabenefits.com/consults.

Recertification Election – SUCCESS!

We Did It! All MTI Bargaining Units have Successfully Recertified by Large Margins!

The WERC posted the MTI recertification election results this afternoon and each of MTI’s bargaining units have successfully recertified, continuing MTI as their certified labor representative.

In the Teacher unit, 89% of eligible voters cast ballots, with 99% of those voting to recertify.
In the ESEA unit, 69% of eligible voters cast ballots, with 98% of those voting to recertify.
In the USO unit, 55% of eligible voters cast ballots, with 99% of those voting to recertify.
The huge turnout and large margin of victory is a testament to the solidarity of our Union, the hard work of hundreds of MTI member organizers, and the continued commitment of 3,500 MTI-represented employees to “stand together” for our profession, our students, and our public schools.

Now it’s time to take a brief break, give thanks, and return to work after the holiday to provide the public schools our staff and community deserves.

In Solidarity and With Thanks!

Douglas Keillor
MTI Executive Director