February 16, 2018  
Hi all,

"In any workplace, the underlying issue is power: who has it, who wants it, and how it's used. Power is 'the whole ball of wax,' says Hetty Rosenstein, who headed a Local of public workers in New Jersey for many years. Yet many people are uncomfortable with power. They find it hard to talk about, and are reluctant to seek it. People shy away from the conflict and unpleasantness it implies.

'People want to believe that if we're fair and we're brilliant, then we'll get what's right,' Rosenstein observes. 'But it isn't enough. You can't just empower yourself. You have to take it away from management.' [And, in my experience, educators think that if we just TEACH the District reps about what is right, if we just EDUCATE them about the issue, we'll win! But it doesn't usually work that way.]

When training Chicago teachers to organize their co-workers, organizer Matthew Luskin starts with a discussion of power: What is it? Is it good or bad? Where does it come from? Who has it?"





For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer , check out previous issues of " The Connection ."

And if these lessons sound intriguing, but your first thought is, "that will never work here," please remember that the Region 3 staff is ready and waiting to help you get started!

--Peace
Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

What's Your Best Story?
Action by WEAC Members Leads to Withdrawal of DPI Licensure Proposals that Threatened Teacher Rights

Due to the efforts of WEAC members, a proposal to seriously threaten teacher rights won't move forward, the state education agency announced Thursday. Thousands of WEAC members answered the call to action to provide testimony on proposed changes, which included the licensure system as well as sweeping revisions to teacher discipline procedures.  


WEAC Secretary-Treasurer Arlene Braden tours Fox Valley Tech with FVTC Local ESP President and Region 3 member Gary Brilowski Tuesday. Check out more about WEAC's goal of elevating Education Support Professionals at www.weac.org/ParaPROs.


Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members


Local Associations can get assistance - including $$$ -- to help elect pro-education candidates for 
and/or pass a 

Deadline for application is
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd.
Click on the links above for the application form.
 




On Tuesday, February 20th, voting takes place in what is called the " Spring Primary." This election is very important in determining who gets on the ballot for the WI State Supreme Court race in April as well as other local elections. Winners advance to the general election on April 3rd.

CLICK HERE for sample ballots.

Online opportunities to learn about the Supreme Court candidates:




To Take Back Our State, We Must Begin on Tuesday
by:  Paul Roup, DePere EA President

To take back our state, we must begin on Tuesday. We can't take anything for granted. It is imperative that we mobilize our members to engage in the elections.

Read more . . .



Saturday, February 24 @ 1 PM - 3 PM
Capitol Square Downtown Madison

Stop Efforts to Roll Back Protections for Working Families:
Wisconsin Family Medical Leave on the Chopping Block
by:  Nathan Ugoretz, Port Washington-Saukville Education Association

If you care about teachers and their families, please take the time to read on or just go straight to the following link:  https://goo.gl/x6aKsA

A bill to end Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave coverage would harm Wisconsin families, including ending the right to use paid sick leave while on family leave to care for a child after birth or adoption.
 
Read more . . . 


Workshop on effective Use of Social Media
Tuesday, March 6, 5-6pm, WEAC Region 7 office
13805 West Burleigh Road, Brookfield, WI 53005
         
Join Tanya Lohr (Region 7 / West Bend) and Jim Carlson (WEAC) to learn how the effective use of social media can help engage and activate members, family, and friends in the spring and fall elections.  You'll learn:
  • "Tips and Tricks" when using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media
  • How to use social media to encourage members, family, and friends to learn about "What's at Stake" and to get out and VOTE!
  • How to become part of an action network
  • How to receive posts, graphics, and links and when it's most effective to post them.



Looking to attend Governor
Candidate Forums?





Professional Development Opportunities


2018 Every Teacher a Leader Summit @ Lambeau
This year's Summit will be held the evening of April 27, 2018, through the entire day of April 28, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Fifteen (15) teams of educators will be selected to bring their teacher leadership idea, develop that idea into an actionable plan, and meet others who can help them along the way! The application deadline is Sunday, February 18, 2018. 2018 SUMMIT APPLICATION

Need Some Cash to Help You Get to Leadership Workshops?
The Dennis Muehl Grant can help!
This grant was created from memorial contributions following Dennis Muehl's death in October 1995. Dennis Muehl was the first Director of Bayland Teachers United, our area's first Uniserv. This grant is open to all WEAC Region 3 members and staff. $300 in grants are awarded annually.
If you are a dues paying member of WEAC Region 3, and you want to attend a grant-qualifying activity that relates to building the Union, Political Action, Public Relations, Membership Training, or the like, then please consider applying for the Dennis Muehl Grant.
These upcoming meetings are qualifying events:
WEAC Professional Issues Conference, March 2-4, 2018 in Madison
WEAC Region 3 Union Skills Workshop, June 2018
NEA RA, June 30-July 5 in Minneapolis, MN
WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, July 30-August 1, 2018 in Eau Claire

Click here for an application form and more details about the Grant.
2018 Professional Issues Conference
Registration is now open for the 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference, which is March 2-4 at the Concourse Hotel in  Madison. The conference will focus on the most important lever in improving our schools: building the knowledge and skills of educators. WEAC is committed to professional learning that is continuous, job-embedded, practical, and connected to student achievement. WEAC offers to our members the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and resources they need to promote meaningful and purposeful professional learning and embed it in the school day.
Member Benefits
Live Webinars Scheduled for March
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. 
WEA
Retirement Planning 101 
Find Out What You Need To Do To Prepare

A FREE financial seminar for GBEA members! (And Region 3 members are welcome to attend as well!)

Monday, February 19  | 4:30pm | GBEA office
2256 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54311

Are you thinking about retiring within the next 10 years? Join WEA Member Benefits for a FREE Retirement Planning seminar.
You will learn about:
·      The sources of retirement income available to public school employees
·      The Wisconsin Retirement System, Social Security, and personal savings
·      Roadblocks to successful retirement planning.
·      A pre-retirement checklist
·      Tools and solutions to help you achieve your retirement goals, and more.
Registration and information can be found at weabenefits.com/greenbayseminars

Light snacks will be provided. Spouses/partners welcome.
Schedule It!
 
Click HERE to see our Region 3 Calendar. It includes WEAC and Region 3 governance meetings, Professional Development events, and many other workshops, meetings, and events sponsored by our office.

 

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, March 15 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
WEAC Region 3
800-472-5582
rohdek@weac.org
www.region3.weac.org