Rock County Central Labor Council endorses BTC referendum

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

JANESVILLE—The Rock County Central Labor Council is the latest group to endorse Blackhawk Technical College's operational referendum, the campaign group Friends of BTC announced Monday.

“Wisconsin employers need skilled workers for technologically sophisticated manufacturing jobs that are currently available in our region,” Rock County Central Labor Council President Ivan Collins said in a written statement. “The Blackhawk Technical College referendum will help shrink that current skilled worker shortage, keep jobs in our communities and prepare a workforce ready to help our regional economy grow.”

At the Tuesday, Aug. 12 primary, BTC is asking voters to raise the school's operational budget by $4 million per year, permanently.

“We are excited and appreciative of the overwhelming support from the Rock County Labor Council for the Blackhawk Technical College referendum,” Sean Knott, co-chair of Friends of BTC, said in a written statement. “Blackhawk Technical College has been integral in providing the education and training to keep our region economically competitive. The funding from the referendum will allow the college to expand existing programs and add additional programs to meet the skilled workforce needs. It will also allow the college to offer evening and weekend programs that are vital for non-traditional students who have jobs and families.”

Local labor groups affiliated with the Rock County Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO who support the referendum are:

--American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Locals 412-A, 523, 643, 938, 1077, 1258, 1475, 2489 and 2537.

--American Federation of Teachers, Local 4332.

--Beloit Education Association

--International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 965.

--International Association of Firefighters, Local 583.

--IUE/CWA; Locals 84811, FW 801.

--International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, Lodge 66 and 1266.

--Janesville Education Association

--United Steelworkers, Locals 1533 and 9435.

--United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1473.

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