April 28, 2017   

Hi all,
"We'd be delighted if you joined us!" Can you think of a better way to invite someone to be a part of our union? There are so many ways to ask and we're here to help you strategize - both this spring during our Early Enrollment period, and during the very important Fall Membership Drive. 

Sign up TODAY for our August 7th Listening Project! It has a very specific objective - to get YOUR local ready for YOUR Fall Membership Drive. We'd be delighted if you joined us! 

Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?
Mother - Daughter Members
Attend WEAC RA

Union values run strong in the Marsolek family! In Kearsten Jose's first full year as a teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at John Muir Middle School, she was elected to represent the Wausau EA at the WEAC RA. Pictured at left is Kearsten, WEAC President Ron Martin, and proud mother Kim Marsolek. Kim is the President of Wausaukee EA in Region 3.

Dean DeBroux
 
Educators, Parents, Citizens Ask Legislators to Support Public Schools

WEAC  Region 3 President Dean DeBroux, an Ashwaubenon special education teacher, asked the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee Friday to support all children in public schools with adequate funding, and provide additional support for special education students. "With proper investments in our public schools, these students can overcome poverty, dysfunction, and their disabilities," he said.

Noting that it costs $30,000 to incarcerate just one person, "It's time to increase our state investments in our public schools, and in special education students," he said. "Regular education students are being shortchanged as well," he added. "Class sizes have increased, special education resources have been reduced and special education teachers' caseloads have increased. If this continues, students will fall through the cracks, and this is not acceptable in a 21st century society." Read more.

DeBroux was among hu ndreds  of educators who testified or submitted comments to the Joint Finance Committee at state budget hearings throughout the state this week.   Read testimonies from other Region 3 members.
 
Hear also  testimony from Port Washington-Saukville EA member Nathan Ugoretz at the JFC Hearing at State Fair Park.  Testimonies from Kandace and Brian Larsen (below) can be heard by clicking on their picture.
Kandace Larsen, Marinette EA
Brian Larsen, Oconto EA
Region 3 is Participating in
NEA's Early Enrollment Campaign

Now is a good time to have membership conversations with folks who haven't yet made the commitment to join our union. Early enrollment is available to any employee who has never been a member of WEAC/NEA. For those who fill out an early enrollment form, these are the benefits:
  • Membership for the 2017-18 school year (September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018) begins as soon as we receive a signed form.
  • Payment of dues does not begin until September 10, 2017.
  • NEA liability insurance begins immediately.
  • Access to QEI Gold Membership, WEAC Saver's Club, and NEA Click and Save.
Please contact the WEAC Region 3 at 800-472-5582 for more details about how to sign up your members using the Early Enrollment plan.

The August 7th Listening Project has a very important focus: a Fall Membership Drive for YOUR local. When a team from YOUR local attends this workshop, they will come away with a PLAN to increase membership. You can't afford to miss this one! Sign up today!


 
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
Wisconsin Biennial Budget 2017-19
 
Follow the latest state budget updates at weac.org/budget.
Proud Union Home Signs

It is with great excitement that the West De Pere Education Association invites other locals to join in their yard sign initiative to create a positive union presence in their neighborhoods.
 
With the help of Region 3, the WDPEA applied for a PR grant that created 100 Proud Union Home signs free of charge for the West De Pere EA, Shawano EA, and any other members interested in displaying a sign.
 
Region 3 has graciously offered to store a number of signs for people to pick-up at their office at 1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay, WI 54303. Signs are available NOW for pick-up. Thank you to Region 3 and Weber Printing for the help and support with this initiative. Call the office at 800-472-5582 to reserve a sign.  
Member Benefits

Live Webinars Scheduled for May

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
  • WRS Annuity Adjustments & Effective Rates
  • Understanding Your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits
  • Additional Contributions
  • Returning to Work After Retirement
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.

Here's the other stuff:

  

 

  • WEAC Fox Valley Retired Travel Meeting - Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 AM @ Mary's North, Appleton

  • WEAC Region 3 RA - Saturday, May 13 @ Comfort Suites, Green Bay

  


WEAC Region 3
800-472-5582
rohdek@weac.org
www.region3.weac.org