October 18, 2019
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
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Region 3 Member Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

Three WEAC members - Richard Erickson, Bayfield High School; WEAC Region 3 Member Kevin Reese , Clintonville High School ; and Rebecca Saeman, Sauk Trail Elementary School, Middleton - were named Wednesday as recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Notice of Important Upcoming Deadlines:
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JANUARY 15: Nominations are due by January 15 for Alternate NEA Director to be decided at the Representative Assembly in April. All persons desiring to be candidates for this position shall file their intention in the office of the Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708-8003. Such notice must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2020. Please contact Ann Caruso for paperwork for filing for this position. She can be reached at CarusoA@weac.org or 800-362-8034, extension 219.
JANUARY 15: The deadline for submitting proposed changes to WEAC Bylaws, Constitution, standing Rules or Resolutions is January 15. Changes should be submitted to the Office of the WEAC Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708.
FEBRUARY 1: The deadline for applying for the four WEAC Scholarships for children of WEAC members is February 1. Scholarship winners will receive grants of $1,450 per year for four years of college or university study, if they remain eligible. Find out more at weac.org/scholarships .
FEBRUARY 1: February 1 is the deadline for nominations for several WEAC awards : the Education Support Professional Award; Friend of Education Award; Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Activities; Tenia Jenkins Activist Award; and the Cunningham, Dickinson, Watson Staff Award. For details, go to weac.org/awards .
Attention Members & Non-Members - RECERTIFICATION IS COMING . . .
Vote YES to Support Your Colleagues
and RECERTIFY
Begins: Noon on Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Ends: Noon on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
The recertification vote is conducted via telephone or online voting. Please follow these steps to cast your anonymous ballot to show your support:
Directions :

V oters who choose to vote online do so by logging on to  http://www.aaaelections.org/WERC and following the on-screen instructions for online voting. Make sure you VOTE YES for recertification and submit your vote . Then CONFIRM your vote by selecting “yes” again.  Wait until you are informed that your vote has been successfully processed before leaving the site so that your vote is counted.

Voters choosing to call the recertification voting line dial:  1-866-458-9862 (toll free) anytime:
  • When prompted, confirm your identity by entering the first 4 letters of your LAST NAME, then the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. The image to the right above shows which letters are associated with the telephone keypad numbers;
  • You will then be asked “Do you want to continue to be represented by (the name of your current union) for the purpose of collective bargaining?”
  • When prompted, VOTE YES to recertify your union; after voting, STAY ON THE LINE. Do not HANG UP until you receive a “thank you” message. Otherwise your vote is simply not counted and therefore you will need to go back and vote again. The same is true for interrupted calls - you must repeat your call and vote again to be counted.  

Additional Information :
  • Your vote is secret;
  • All employees in a bargaining unit vote, not just union members;
  • The union needs to win 51% of all unit employees to recertify, which means that not voting is the same as voting no. Your colleagues need your support, so please vote YES.
  • Employees experiencing trouble using the telephonic or online voting system, can call 1-800-529-5218 during the hours of 10 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday.
  • If the prompt gives you the name of another local union, hang up and call WEAC Region 3 at 920-496-2440 or 800-472-5582.
  • If you have problems casting your vote, report the problem as instructed and report it to Region 3 at 920-496-2440, 800-472-5582 or email Region3@weac.org.
Region 3/GBEA National Board Support Sessions

WEAC, Region 3 and GBEA have organized ongoing monthly National Board Support for the 2019-2020 cycle. Generally, the first portion of the session will feature a presentation on a topic or issue and the second portion of the session will be reserved for working with candidate concerns and questions. Sessions will be held at the WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N Military Ave, Green Bay. We have a new facilitator, Sarah Johnston (Marinette).

We have added the option of joining us via Zoom if you are unable to
attend in person! Pre-registration is not required but appreciated - light dinner will be served. To register, click here .

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Region 3 is planning a professional development conference for  Saturday, January 25th (In case it matters to you, this is a bye weekend between NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl!)  It will be the 2nd year of sharing best practices and learning new skills - - member to member!

Last year's conference included sessions such as "Mindfulness for Teachers and ESP," "GaGa for Google Classroom," "Special Ed. Law and Violent Student Behaviors," "Managing Student Behaviors," and "Beating Back the Bully Principal."

Now's the time for you to think about topics that YOU would be willing to present! Fill out the  Call for Proposals form  and help us fill the agenda for this great event.  Fun Fact: Presenters get a $200 stipend!
Comments from last year:

Very informative. Very relatable presenter. Thanks!!

This was great. I learned a lot and it was very helpful!

Got more out of this class than I have in all my other classes I have taken.
Register now for the 2019 WEAC Professional Development Institute – formerly the Professional Issues Conference – which is November 1-3 at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Oshkosh! The conference brings together hundreds of WEAC Aspiring Educator members, Educational Support Professionals, Teachers and Community Schools advocates for a weekend of learning and professional networking.  
Member Benefits
WEAC Members: Get Your Discounted Tickets to Milwaukee Bucks Games and Fiserv Forum Events!

Because of WEAC’s relationship with the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, discount tickets for the 2019-2020 season are available for Bucks games, as well as other selected Fiserv Forum events! Tickets can be ordered and printed from the convenience of your home or office computer. If you have used this link in the past then you may use the same account information. If this is your first visit, signing up for an account is quick and easy. Check back regularly as new games and seat locations are made available! Go to Bucks.com/Ticketpass or click on the TicketPass image above. Use promo code: WEAC
Need a 4- or 5-drawer file cabinet?
Region 3 is making room for our new tenants. Therefore, we have several 4-drawer cabinets and one 5-drawer file cabinet. All are black and are non-locking.

Call or email us to claim yours and schedule a time for pick-up.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.   
Wisconsin Must Demonstrate That We Value Our Teachers, Governor Evers Writes

In a column released Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers says Wisconsin must do better in demonstrating that it values its teachers. "We must ... recognize that part of supporting our kids in the classroom means supporting the educators who teach our kids," Evers writes. "Wisconsin pays our public school teachers less than the national average, which makes it harder to recruit and retain talented educators. According to recently-released data, Wisconsin has fallen to 33rd in the nation for average teacher pay. Teacher salaries in our state are some of the lowest in the Midwest. Teachers moving across the border to Illinois or Michigan can see pay bumps of $10,000 or more. That’s just not good enough, folks. As we continue to fight for the resources our schools need to invest in our kids, we must do everything in our power to ensure that educators know the work they do is valued and that they mean something to our kids and the people of our state."
Hello all,

Region 3 is large! It's over three hours from our most northern Local, Florence County, to our most southern Local, Port Washington. We have to take a ferry to our most eastern Local, Washington Island! And the curvy back roads we drive to get to our most rural Locals in the northern part are extra tricky in winter.

But the distances don't matter when it comes to WR3 staff traveling to YOUR Local! We LOVE to visit with you.

Pictured at left is a group of Chilton EA members. They are working on building their membership - - Director Kristin Lytie is helping, and meeting with them regularly as they plan their strategies to ask potential members to join them. Krisitn is travelling to Chilton every couple of weeks and is very excited to be a part of it.

Got some ideas? Got some issues? Just want to say "HI?" Invite us over. We'd be delighted to drive over to see you!

Peace!
--Kathy Rohde
Uniserv Director
Region 3 WEAC