Category: Recent News

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:

Feb 21- MTI Night at the Overture: The Color Purple

Join MTI for a Night at the Overture!
Just in time for holiday gift-giving!

Friday, February 21 at 8:00

Tickets are now available for purchase.


 $28 Balcony (only 10 tickets available)

$44 Mezzanine (45 tickets available)

 $93 Circle (only 10 tickets available)

First come first serve. All purchases are final and must be paid upon time of online reservation. Credit payment only. Members will be notified when tickets are ready for pick up.


Jan 11: Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday

Join MTI-CENTRS on Saturday, January 11 for the Third 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, December 7, 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 Jan 11 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.


Online store: BLM @ Schools t-shirts

Order your Black Lives Matter at School t-shirt by December 20

  • Visit the MTI Member Merchandise Store to place your order online.
  • Please be patient with us 🙂 Send questions to
  • Orders must be placed by December 20.
  • 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 with any concerns. Thank you.

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

MTI Cares: Share Your Holiday Food Drive

One in ten people in southwestern Wisconsin struggle with hunger; for children, it’s one in six! Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is the area’s largest hunger-relief charity.  MTI-CARES is asking you to join the 24th annual campaign by collecting non-perishable food and/or monetary donations. With your support, we raised a record-breaking 4.4 million meals in 2018.

One food drive makes a difference!

Most needed items list in English

Most needed items list in Spanish

If you have questions, please direct them to Kerry via email,

Free Financial Consultations with WEA Member Benefits!

PLEASE NOTE: WEA Member Benefits Consultant Steve Pike is out of the office and will not be scheduling retirement consultations during the month of November. In the interim, MTI members interested in exploring retirement options have the following resources available:

  1. MTI/MMSD will be conducting retirement information sessions for MMSD employees on November 7 and 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Doyle Auditorium.
  2. The MMSD Benefits Department has monthly retirement planning sessions available here The MMSD Retirement Guide Book is found at and has useful information about retirement benefits and processes.
  3. Information on WRS retirement benefits can be found here.

For retirement savings questions and financial planning services, visit or call WEA Member Benefits at 800-279-4030.

Inclement Weather & School Closing Policies

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.