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Supporting Our Member, Marlon Anderson

MTI Appealing Termination of West High School Security Assistant Marlon Anderson

As has now been reported by major media outlets across the nation, the MMSD has terminated Marlon Anderson, a School Security Assistant at West High School for allegedly violating the MMSD zero tolerance policy in his response to a student who called him the N-word. Marlon Anderson is a member of MTI, MTI is representing him in this employment matter, and we have filed a grievance on his behalf with the MMSD seeking his reinstatement with back pay for lost wages. Colleagues at West High School have established a Go Fund Me page to help provide Mr. Anderson and his family with some needed economic support during the appeal process. In related news, staff and students at West High and East High engaged in a walkout today and march to the MMSD Administration Building in support of Marlon Anderson and demanding his reinstatement.

All members of MTI are provided with representation in such employment matters, including representation by legal counsel as needed. More information on MTI representation is available here.

This morning, (October 21, 2019) the MTI Board of Directors sent this message to the Members of the Board of Education and MMSD Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore:

The statement includes the following demands:

  • Immediately reinstate Marlon Anderson as a member of the West High staff.
  • Review the current zero tolerance practice as it applies to staff members through a transparent and inclusive process that includes all stakeholders.
  • Work in good faith through actions that uplift the voices of staff, students, and families of color instead of silencing them, intentionally or otherwise.
  • Prioritize racial equity in our district by providing support for staff and a true partnership with MTI in lifting the voice of staff, especially staff of color, in this work.

As you are aware, MTI has filed a grievance over the District’s termination of Mr. Anderson and a hearing before an Impartial Hearing Officer has been scheduled for November 12. Rather than delaying this decision and awaiting the verdict of the  Impartial Hearing Officer, we believe the District should immediately acknowledge its error in terminating Mr. Anderson and immediately reinstate him to his position at West High, while commencing a broader review of its zero tolerance practice.  

10-21-2019 MTI Board Statement Demanding Reinstatement of Marlon Anderson

UPDATE: 5:06 p.m. October 21, 2019

The Madison Metropolitan School District Rescinds Termination of Marlon Anderson

Representatives from the Madison Metropolitan School District contacted MTI today at approximately 4:30 pm to inform us of the following:

  1. Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore has decided to rescind the termination of Marlon Anderson;
  2. Mr. Anderson will be returned to pay status immediately, including full benefits;
  3. The District will continue Mr. Anderson on paid leave while a transition plan is finalized to return him to work.

MTI immediately shared this news with Marlon Anderson who then shared the following statement via his Facebook page:

“MTI is pleased to see the District rescind the termination of Marlon Anderson, paving the way for him to return to the incredible work he does with Madison’s students. We now look forward to working with the District to review and address its zero tolerance policy”, said MTI Executive Director Doug Keillor.

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Nov. 2: Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday

Join MTI-CENTRS on Nov. 2 for the First-Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday

MTI-CENTRS is partnering with NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Department to offer a series of Saturday racial justice-focused sessions. We will launch our MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday series on Saturday, Nov. 2, at MTI from 8:30-3:30. (lunch provided).

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

SIGN UP for Nov. 2 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.


Oct 22: General Membership Meeting

Save the Date: MTI General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

MTI has scheduled a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 22, from 4:45-6:00 PM (with a pre-meeting social with food starting at 4:15 PM). The meeting will take place at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street, and all members of the MTI Teacher, ESEA and USO bargaining units are invited to attend.

The tentative agenda for the meeting is to:
o Celebrate our successes
o Seek feedback from members
o Plan for the future

Save the date and look for more information in the coming weeks.

Nov. 8 – Voice of Our Youth Summit

Registration is open for the Voice of Our Youth—Dane County Youth Assessment Research Summit!

Summit information and registration available at  Voice of Our Youth Registration or

Free Financial Consultations in October!

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 October!

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

MTI-CENTRS Fall 2019 Events

Register for the Fall 2019 book study groups

SESSION I 1619 – Wednesdays 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13

SESSION II  TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES – Wednesdays, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

Register for YWCA Racial Justice Summit: October 15 & 16, 2019

Register for MATC series: November 7, 2019

Fall Groups Starting: MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Book Study

MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Book Study- Fall Groups Starting

Over 80 staff joined our MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice book study circles last spring and summer! We are now opening sign-ups for our fall book study groups. MTI-CENTRS is offering two different book study opportunities. Session I will use the NY Time podcast 1619, Session II will use the book Teaching for Black Lives. Learn more and sign up here.  Participants can qualify for PAC or stipends. Snacks and all materials are provided.

Register online

Oct 5: New Teacher Institute

You Can Do This! New Teacher Institute

Register by Friday, September 27:

Saturday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Open to teachers new to the profession, this day long institute will provide you with knowledge, skills, and professional connections to be successful in the beginning years of your career. Held at the beautiful Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London, the day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are included.

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Teaching Hacks! by WEAC Member Danielle Carlson. There is no charge for this event; it is open to WEAC members only.

We have reached a Tentative Agreement

On Monday, September 16 President Waity and our Bargaining Team presented the 4,000 cost-of-living petition signatures to the Board of Education (BOE). Afterwards the BOE went into a closed session to discuss next steps in bargaining.

On Tuesday, September 17 we heard back from the District. The BOE has agreed to a 2.44% cost-of-living base wage increase. Thank you for all of your hard work and advocacy surrounding this campaign.
The Tentative Agreement on the terms and conditions of the 2019-20 Collective Bargaining Agreements cover all MTI bargaining units. With our Tentative Agreement, the District agrees to provide a cost-of-living base wage increase of 2.44% to all MTI-represented employees.

The Tentative Agreement (and the associated wage increase) cannot take effect until ratified by the Union membership, as well as the BOE.

All members of MTI, ESEA-MTI, and USO-MTI are invited to attend a contract ratification meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 19 at MTI Headquarters, 4:30 p.m. or you may complete this ballot online. Your approval is necessary before the bargain is complete. For those voting online please complete your ballot by 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. A ballot has been emailed to members.