Category: Recent News

August 26: Cost-of-Living Rally

If you want a cost-of-living pay increase, we need a big crowd of MTI members, family members and supporters at the Cost-of-living Rally on Monday, 8/26, (4:30-6:00 at Doyle Admin Building, 545 W. Dayton Street).

September 2: LaborFest 2019

Mark your calendars for September 2 – Laborfest

Volunteers Needed!
New this year, popsicle distribution volunteers needed near MTI bouncy house. Sign up:

Laborfest is right around the corner. This year’s fest will once again be held on the Madison Labor Temple’s lawn September 2, from Noon-5:30. This family friendly event will offer live music, food, beer tent, and a bounce house for the kids.

View flyer on South Central Federation of Labor website:
RSVP to the Facebook Event:

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days!

Every Saturday and Sunday through September 15th!

Click here for more information!

September 11: Educational Support Employees Association Appreciation Event

Join us for a fun night to welcome and celebrate Educational Support employees.

ESEA-MTI (Educational Support Employees Association) represents approximately 875 Educational Assistants, Special Education Assistants, Nurse Assistants, SEA Substitutes, Clerical Employees, Computer & AV Technicians and Programmers, Family Liaisons and Security Assistants employed by the Madison Metropolitan School District.

The ESEA-MTI Board invites all new and seasoned support staff to attend this event.

Learn about union member benefits and how to get involved, win raffle prizes, ask questions, share concerns, and mingle with fellow MMSD staff.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP to by September 9

September 17: MTI National Board Certification Info Session

MTI members are encouraged to explore the professional and financial benefits of National Board Certification and the support the Union can provide to National Board candidates.

To this end, MTI has organized an introductory workshop on National Board Certification for September 17, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., at MTI Headquarters in the WEAC Building (33 Nob Hill Road).

MTI’s workshop is available to MTI members and is designed to introduce interested MTI members to the benefits of NBC, as well as the supports and financial incentives available. Thereafter, more “in-depth” NBC support sessions will be held during the 2019-20 school year for those candidates who elect to pursue NBC.
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Free Financial Consultations in September!

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 September!

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

October 4: 2019 La Follette Staff Charity Golf Scramble

What: The La Follette Staff Golf Scramble honoring the memory of Christina Stafslien, former Math teacher at La Follette High School.

When: Friday, October 4th, @ 4pm

Where: Monona Municipal Golf Course

Click here for more information and for an entry form.

Required Meetings or Trainings During Non-Contract Days


The voluntary day (August 30) applies to 192-day Teacher Contract staff only. This day enables teachers to spend the Friday before school starts preparing their classrooms or curriculum free from administrative directives.  Additionally, many teachers prepare curriculum or get their classrooms ready during the summer; days for which they are not paid.  This voluntary day acknowledges that salaried staff are expected to be prepared when students arrive on the first day of school. Those who are prepared can choose whether or not they come to school on that day and how they will spend their time if they do.     

BRS and all other hourly staff work schedules as dictated by administration.  Most hourly staff are directed to work that day and will be compensated accordingly. 

It’s that time of year when administrators send e-mails, memos, and letters outlining “required” trainings, professional development, and other meetings during the summer months. Often, staff are encouraged to attend meetings and trainings wherein administrators use language that does not clearly indicate that any attendance during the summer or the voluntary day for returning staff is entirely voluntary. Addendum A, Section 15.11 of the Handbook is clear and provides that attendance at any District-offered staff development opportunities during the summer recess be compensated, either with Professional Advancement Credit (PAC), extended employment salary, or payment for graduate credits (if such is offered). The Handbook language also states that such communications “clearly convey the fact that teachers will not be penalized or suffer harm for choosing not to volunteer.”

Anyone with concerns or questions about attendance on non-contract or voluntary days should contact Jeff Knight at MTI. MTI does not discourage voluntary participation; however, it is out of respect for MTI-represented individuals that the Handbook is clear and direct regarding one’s participation or lack thereof.

Educational Assistants are required to work August 26 (All Staff Day). EAs are also required to work two (2) out of the remaining three (3) days between August 27-29, which days will be determined by the principal at each school or work site. EAs will be notified, by work site, by June 7, which two (2) days are required. All EAs are also required to attend all inservice and professional development (PD) days.

For the 2019-20 School Year:

• August 21, 22 & 23: New Teacher Days

• August 26, 27, 28 & 29: Required workdays for all members of the teacher unit

• August 30: Voluntary day for some staff


The voluntary day (August 30) applies to 192-day Teacher Contract staff only. BRS and other hourly staff work different schedules and many will work on this day.

• September 3: First day of school with students

100 Black Men of Madison Back to School Backpack Stuffing Party


Each year we team up with the Madison chapter of 100 Black Men for the Annual Back to School Celebration Stuffing Party.

MTI is looking to build a strong team to stuff backpacks. Consider volunteering a couple hours of your time and give back to our community. The more hands – lighten the work.

Sign up to volunteer:

Save the Date: August 14 Incomplete Integration

Join us for a one-day training on Wednesday, August 14 for Wisconsin educators and staff about the road to equity through education. 

The training is organized in partnership between DPI, MTI CENTRS, Educators Working Towards Anti-Racism, and Nehemiah Justified Anger.

Register online: