Gerri Olson Educational Loan Program

schoolIt’s time to register for CTU’s Educational Loan Program for Summer Semester 2014.  Contact CTU Financial Manager Patricia Shackleton by 5 p.m. on April 30. Registrations received after April 30 will be considered on a space available basis.

March/April Newsletter

March/April CT NewsOur March/April CT News features an article about the minimum wage. At our next membership meeting (Tuesday, April 29), CTs will have an opportunity to commit our union to fighting to raise the minimum wage.  The issue also contains a rationale by President Deb Bittner provides for our union’s decision to donate to community charities and events.  And we have an update of legislative activities.  Check it out!

Rolling into spring


MSU Bikes has several interesting events coming up. Check out its MSU Energy Bike Tour (Apr. 11), the Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast (Apr. 17), and the big MSU Surplus Bike Sale (Apr. 19). It also has information about donating your unused bike and  the new secure bike parking facilities on campus.

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Tax assistance

Publication 962 (Rev. 10-2013)The CTU has received some tax-related information that might be of interest.

Need help?

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free tax help for low- to moderate-income people.

To qualify, individuals who want help with filing taxes must make under $50,000. However, there is no income cap for individuals 55 or older.

This nation-wide program is available at many local sites, including MSU.  Visit for more information.  MSU’s information is at

If you would like to register for a general tax preparation appointment please call 2-1-1 or 866-561-2500 (toll free).

VITA is sponsored by various organizations and is staffed by volunteers who have received training.

Some locations offer free electronic filing.

More individuals are eligible for
EITC than you would think

Our friend Dean Poggiali, United Way Labor Liaison (UAW), sent us a document with information about the 2013 Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Check it out to see if you qualify for an EITC refund and share the document with family and friends.

Invitation to Participate in Cyber Exercise Study

exergamesThe CTU Executive Board voted on February 20 to distribute a message recruiting participants for a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The study, to be conducted in the MSU Kineseology lab of Dr. Deborah Feltz, will test theories with practical applications for fitness and health. The study requires a “community” sample of people.
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