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The battle between Madison Area Technical College and its part-time teachers is going to the courts.

The MATC Part-time Teachers' Union filed a lawsuit Monday morning against the school at the Dane County Courthouse, the union announced in a press release. The union is alleging unfair labor practices following a recent change to how courses are assigned to both full- and part-timers at the college.

"We have exhausted all other avenues of resolving this conflict," Mike Kent, president of the part-time union, said in the release. "At this point, we have a duty to the members of our bargaining unit to take whatever steps are necessary under the law to oppose this indefensible policy."

Deborah Ziff of the State Journal first reported last month how rules that would give full-time instructors at MATC a chance to rack up overtime before some part-time teachers get assigned courses was the main reason the part-timers were delaying ratifying their contract with the college.

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The part-time union also has posted additional information on this subject here.