October 21, 2016 
Hello all,

I'm SO very excited about the Listening Project! You saw in last week's newsletter some fun outcomes from Locals (New London, Freedom, Mishicot) who are participating in this great workshop. Last week, my colleague Sue Britz and I helped spread the word to Region 2 in Mosinee by helping coach some neighboring Local teams - what a fun weekend! And now, this week, I've attended some LP team meetings in Wausaukee and Little Chute and heard about GREAT ideas and experienced TERRIFIC energy coming out of these meetings and it keeps me going! Don't YOU want to join us? It's a great time to RE-CHARGE!
 
Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
Recertification Voting


For locals recertifying in 2016, voting began at noon on Thursday, October 27, and ends at no on on Wednesday, November 16. 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: Appleton EA & Paras, Bonduel EA, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Chilton EA, Coleman EA, Crandon EA & ESP, DePere EA, Florence EA, Freedom EA, Hilbert EA, Howards Grove EA, Kiel EA, Kohler EA, Laona EA, Little Chute EA, Luxemburg-Casco EA, Manitowoc EA & ESP, Marinette EA, Mishicot EA, New Holstein EA, Niagara EA & ESP, Oconto EA, Oostburg EA, Pembine EA, Plymouth EA, Port Washington EA & ESP, Random Lake EA, Sevastopol EA, Sheboygan EA, Stockbridge EA, Two Rivers EA, Wausaukee EA, White Lake EA

Recertification Vote from noon October 27-noon November 16

Phone & on- line availability

VOTE YES

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!

What's YOUR Best Story?
 
  
I am a Member Because . . .

I would like to inform my colleagues of the changes that have been happening with our Education Association. There is a mindset change that has made the Education Association a professional organization that is here to help teachers better their craft while supplying a network of support and education.

Nicole Anderson 
--Niagara EA
   
  
 
Opportunities!
 
Attention ESP Members

ESP members, get financial help to enhance your skills or further your career in the education field.

WEAC is offering two ESP scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to ESP members.

Additional information and an application can be found here
   
 
 
Call for Proposals - Deadline November 8

In recent years Winter Professional Issues Conference presenters were specifically identified and invited to submit proposals for consideration. This year a membership wide Call for Proposals has been put out for any member who wishes to submit a proposal. Those members whose presentations are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, meals, a hotel room for two nights (if needed) and mileage reimbursement.
 
This year's Professional Issues Conference will be held Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. Tony Evers will be our Saturday keynote speaker.
 
Proposals are due Tuesday, November 8.  Here is the link to the online form
   
 
Attention WEAC Region 3 Retirees

 
Attend a WEA MedPlus Information Session 

Interested in learning more about 2017 product enhancements and plan changes?

You're invited to attend one of the upcoming information sessions in a city near you. In  
addition to learning details about SilverSneakersĀ®, routine vision services through NVA,  
and MedPlus in general, you'll also enjoy treats and win prizes!

As an attendee, you'll be entered into a grand prize raffle for a $100 Culver's gift card.  
Also, if you bring a WEA-MedPlus eligible friend (retired public employee at least 65 years old), you'll receive a FREE gym bag. Eugene Dunk, a WEA-MedPlus Specialist, will host each event and happily answer all your questions about MedPlus.

See Schedule 

Citizen Responsibility Information

Monday, October 24th
through Friday, November 4th
(guaranteed early in-person voting dates)

Vote at your municipality during regular business hours.
 
Go to   https://myvote.wi.gov to find your municipal clerk or polling place, update your name or address, register to vote, and get information on absentee (early) voting.
Here's a flyer for detailed information you can share with others.

You have until Thursday, November 3rd to request an absentee ballot by mail.
Click here for an application to mail to your municipal clerk.
 

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

 

Many of you have been saying, I will volunteer before it is over. Your opportunity to be part of the future is here with 11 days to go. Your time is needed to help our endorsed candidates get over the winning finish line. One shift of your time can and will make the difference. More shifts make a bigger difference.

Below are 4 offices the AFL-CIO are operating out of in NE WI for election activities. All offices will have the same hours of operation.
 
Voter Contact
(Please contact the appropriate office lead listed for each location) 

Saturday 10/29: 10am-4pm
Sunday 10/30 through Tuesday 11/1: Preparation for GOTV activities

Get Out The VOTE (GOTV)

Wednesday 11/2: 12pm-6pm
Thursday 11/3, Friday 11/4, Saturday 11/5, Monday 11/7, Tuesday 11/8: 9am-8pm
Sunday 11/6: 9am-3pm
Green Bay Office
WEAC Region 3
1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay
Contact Ben Freeman
               920.366.0543

Menasha Office
USW District 2
1144 Midway Rd., Menasha
Contact BaLynda Croy
               920.750.8487

Oshkosh Office
UAW 291 Hall (next to UW Oshkosh)
1118 High Ave., Oshkosh
Contact Greg Hinds (please send via email or text if that is an option)
               920.540.2309
Fond du Lac Office
50 E. Bank St., Fond du Lac
Contact Greg Hinds (please send via email or text if that is an option)
               920.540.2309

Please also join the United Steelworkers when they hold an event in support of Tom Nelson for the 8th CD.

USW Local 20 Hall
Saturday October 29
9:30am
202 Maple St.
Kaukauna, WI 54130 


Elections have consequences.
 
In the News
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, Thursdays, November 17 and December 15 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • PDP Support Sessions, November 14
  • PDP Goal Approval or Verification, December 3 @ Region 3; December 17 @ GBEA
  • PDP Writing Workshop. December 3 @ Region 3

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