February 10, 2017

February 13-17, which includes Valentine's Day, is a great time to advocate for our great public schools. The Wisconsin Public Education Network is asking you to participate in any of a wide variety of activities to show your teachers, community, elected officials and decision makers why you love your public school! This could involve anything from delivering Valentines to your children's teachers, contacting your legislators, sponsoring a walk in your community, or using social media to share messages of support for public education.

Read on.

I love my public schools!

Debbie Armitage
Staff Assistant
Plan to Attend!

Technical College Recertification Voting

For technical college locals recertifying in 2017, voting begins at noon on Wednesday, April 5, and ends at no on on Tuesday, April 25. Look for communications from your local leadership and Region 3 on
how your local plans to organize the vote and how you can get involved.

Locals recertifying: Fox Valley Technical College-Faculty Association; Fox Valley Technical College-ESPA; Lakeshore Education Association; and Northeast WI Technical College-ESS

Recertification Vote from noon April 5 - noon April 25

Phone & on- line availability


24 Hours/Day - 7 Days/ Week
  http://www.aaaelections.org/WERC or call toll free 1-866-458-9862

If you experience any problems call 1-800-529-5218 to report them. Also notify WEAC Region 3 @ 1-800-472-5582.
Be prepared to provide
  • first 4 letters of last name.
  • last 4 numbers of Soc.Sec. #
Do not hang up until you have voted and then hear "Thank you for calling the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission automated election voting line."
Together we can make a difference!

Read Across America is Coming!
March 2 - Are You Ready?
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year. Find out more and access resources that will help you plan events and promote Read Across America in your local school or district.
What's YOUR Best Story?


I'm a member because . . .

I grew up in a family of educators where the union was very important and saw first-hand the importance of a strong union.  I want to be a part of empowering education!

Karla Rastall  
Marinette EA 

Ashwaubenon EA 

The Ashwaubenon EA is raising funds to develop several staff Professional Development scholarships for Association members. Scholarships will be awarded to members requesting funds for staff development or training that is no longer supported by the District.  All opportunities must be related to the teaching position or goals of the member applicant. Reimbursement will occur after the training takes place.  Please come to Panera Bread on Oneida Street in Green Bay February 15 between 4 - 8pm to support the new AEA Professional Development Scholarship. Show this flyer at check-out.

Thank you for your support for fellow educators!
Scholarships Available!!

Dennis Muehl Endowment Grant  
WEAC Region 3 is the proud administrator of the Dennis Muehl Endowment Grant. Created in honor of the first UniServ Director of Bayland Teachers United, this grant was established from memorial contributions following Dennis's death in 1995.
If you are interested in strengthening your union muscles by attending a workshop or conference or other union-related activities, you can apply for grant money to do so.  Click here  for the application.

Henry V. Krokosky, Jr. Scholarship

In recognition of the time, dedication, & service provided to the former WEAC-Fox Valley (WEAC-FV), a scholarship fund in the amount of $30,000 of which $1,500 will be annually awarded in honor of former WEAC-Fox Valley Executive Director Henry V. Krokosky, Jr. to an active and/or retired members' child or legal dependent who meets the criteria established in the Policy.
The deadline for applying for the WEAC-Fox Valley Henry V. Krokosky, Jr. Scholarship is March 1.

Click here to apply. 
Professional Development
Coming to Sheboygan - WEAC Region 3 PDP Reviewer Support

Saturday, March 11 
Mead Public Library 
710 N. 8th Street 

PDP Writing Workshop : 9:00 am -12:00 pm.
Learn or review how to write your PDP with the guidance of PDP reviewers. Utilize the workshop time to start creating your individual PDP.
Register now.

PDP Goal Approval or Verification: We'll put together your in-person PDP reviewer team. Register now to reserve an appointment time beginning at noon. 
Free member benefit for all Region 3 & WEAC Members
Fees apply for Non-Members: Writing Workshop $50; Goal Approval $150; Verification $200
Online Registration Required!  https://goo.gl/forms/A5vg2gaslwhFGcCA2 
Watch your inbox every Tuesday for WEAC's "Education Today and Tomorrow," a mash up of ideas and resources for your students, classroom, and school - such as this week's featured articles: 
If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder. These resources are quick, useful and fun ways to get you through your week.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
The WEAC Region 3 Board of Directors meeting previously scheduled for February 25th has been cancelled so that all Locals can send Presidents + other interested members to the February 25th workshop in Kaukauna.  
WR3 will pay the $15 registration fee for all members attending.  Contact WEAC Region 3 to register!

The purpose of the Workshop is to provide information about current budget issues, the budget process in Wisconsin, and what happens at the Joint Finance Committee public listening sessions.  You'll learn how to tell your individual story, you'll be able to connect with other people who want to get involved, and you'll have fun in the process.

This workshop is not just for those who plan to testify.  It's for all who wish to make an impact on the budget and beyond, and share with their communities ideas on how to develop a budget that ensures strong schools and thriving communities.

Four regional workshops are planned around the state, and each has a WPEN partner on the planning team and will feature breakout session to plan pro-public education budget actions specifically for your region.

Wisconsin Public Education Network partners are planning to hold Testimony Tailgates at each of the four hearings, and will be coordinating efforts in each region to maximize their impact, bring people together, and ensure that testimony is as effective as possible. Details for these plans will become more detailed when the dates and locations of the JFC hearings are announced, but planning has already begun and will be coordinated at the regional Budget Action Workshops.
Vote Early in State Superintendent Race

There is an extremely important election for public education and kids this spring, and the early voting window for the February 21 primary will open soon. Typically, in-person absentee voting runs for two weeks before an election (February 7), ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election, which is February 17, but in-person absentee voting dates and hours may vary by community. Contact your municipal clerk for dates and voting hours. The WEAC Political Action Committee and the WEAC Board of Directors are recommending the re-election of State Superintendent Tony Evers, who is a strong advocate for quality public schools. The General Election is April 4, and early voting for the General Election is typically March 20-31.  Find out more.

This is a 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC Region 3 members.
Employee Trust Funds
February Webinars

ETF offers live, interactive webinars (online presentations) designed to increase your understanding of WRS benefits. Presenters will answer topic-related questions at the end of the sessions.
This information has recently been updated and is now available. 

Retired Travel
Travel Tips 
Thomas Kreif, WEAC-FV Retired Member &Traveler
It is hard to believe, but I have been an AAA member since 1971 ( http://wisconsin.aaa.com). Because of my traveling and the location of my business, I have what is called the "Plus" membership.   Just recently, my Chevy HHR was disabled because of a battery and ignition cylinder failure (covered under warranty). The location was HWY 55 in the town of White Lake, WI-the closest cities being Shawano and Antigo.  READ the rest of my story.

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:

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, February 16 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300

  • Retired Winter Meeting - February 15, 1-3 PM @ D J Bordini Center, Appleton
  • WR3 Board Meeting/Budget Action Workshop - February 25 in Kaukauna

  • Reception with State Superintendent Tony Evers - March 1 @ WEAC Region 3

  • Zone A meeting - March 15, 5:30 PM at N18727 Sauld Street, Pembine


  •  Zone E meeting - March 16, 6 PM at 527 Polk Court, Sheboygan
  • WR3 Executive Committee Meeting - March 8, 6 p.m. @ WR3

  • PDP Reviewer Support - Saturday, March 11 @ Mead Public Library, Sheboygan
WEAC Region 3