December 15, 2017   
Hi all,

In lesson #1 from
Secrets of a Successful Organizer , we learned that "Organizing is an Attitude." Check out last week's newsletter ICYMI. Today we look at the the second lesson.

"The first attitude adjustment an organizer needs is to get over the idea that co-workers don't care -- that your workplace is bogged down in 'apathy.' It's a common gripe. In Labor Notes workshops we often ask union members to make a list of the reasons why people don't get involved where they work. Typical answers include:
  • Lack of time.
  • Don't know how to do it.
  • The union is not open; there's no easy way in.
  • Conflicts between groups.
  • Conflicts between individuals.
  • My co-workers feel that nothing will change.
  • They think everyone else is apathetic.
  • They're looking for individual solutions.
  • And the big one: fear."
Sound familiar? It might feel like your co-workers don't care. But push a little bit, and that's never really true.

You may want to start by analyzing the situation a little bit. This chart shows five common problems and how you can help your co-workers get past them.

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

What's YOUR Best Story?
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'365 Artists 365 Days Project' Connects Students With Artists Across the Globe
The 365 Artists 365 Days Project - created by WEAC Region 3 member Frank Juarez of Sheboygan North High School - highlights contemporary artists from across the globe through an online interview platform. Since its inception in 2014, it has introduced artists on a daily basis via online and social media. To date, the 365 Artists 365 Days Project has featured over 700+ artists working in various media, processes, and studio practices. Juarez has shared the story of his success with the 365 Artists 365 Days Project in a column distributed by the Department of Public Instruction via its ConnectEd newsletter. 
Blanket Collection - January 4 - 31

Nearly 30% of hard-working families in Brown County struggle to make ends meet.

Help these families stay warm this winter by making a donation to the Blanketing Brown County Drive. Blanketing Brown County will have collection sites throughout Brown County including all Brown County Library branches, all Green Bay Metro Fire Stations, all Shopko stores, the YMCA, Brown County United Way, as well as WEAC Region 3.
Region 3 Locals - this could be a great PR project for your Local! Set up a collection box today!
For additional info call 920.676.2028 or visit Facebook: Blanketing Brown County
Collection put together by: Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee & Brown County United Way
Professional Development Opportunities

Join the Wisconsin Education Association Council & WEA Academy, in partnership with GSafe Wisconsin, to enhance your skills in creating welcoming schools.

*Increase your knowledge about LGBTQ topics
*Find out what resources are available
*Get simple best practices everyone can use
*Learn how to conduct a training in your school

WEAC Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $160
Book Study Series
Connect virtually with teachers and educational support providers across Wisconsin.
Racism is the result of a complex interplay of individual attitudes, collective social values, and institutional practices. When we begin to better understand these forces, examine our own implicit bias's and take small or large action, there is movement forward to irradiate racism in our schools and in our society. Join your colleagues around the state in a virtual book study facilitated by nationally renowned Restorative Practices expert and strategist Chauna Perry-Finch.
The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and the WEA Academy are committed to promoting healing and understanding while challenging the systems that perpetuate racism. To register for one of our book study courses please click here or visit

Retirement 101
Mark your calendars for a presentation designed to help you plan for the future. Members who are thinking of retiring in the next 5 years should plan to attend - - presented by WEA Member Benefits. 
Also included is an optional Long-Term Care benefits presentation.
Tuesday, January 23
5:30 - 7:30 pm
WR3 office AND via Zoom
Details and registration here.
National Board Certification for Teachers
It's a great way to distinguish yourself as an educator AND receive extra salary!

Region 3 will host GBEA member and Nationally Board Certified teacher Sandra Michels as she presents an overview of the NBCT process. Region 3 will provide member NBCT candidates with:
  • Individual coaching
  • Access to NEA Jump Start curriculum (at Summer Leadership Academy July 30-August 2)
  • Assignment of personal mentor
  • Regular candidate support sessions
  • Access to the expertise of NBCT union members
To learn more about it, come to the Information Session
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Available in person at the WEAC Region 3 office in Green Bay, or virtually through ZOOM.

Click here for the flyer. Help spread the word!

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.


  • Region 3 Office Closed, December 25 through January 2, 2018

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursdays, December 21 and January 25 @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300

WEAC Region 3