March 9, 2018  
Hi all,
Thanks to Dave for filling in for me for the February 20th newsletter! Remember, this part of our weekly newsletter is open to anyone with a positive union message. Contact me for more information about how to get published!

We have discovered that people are nervous about talking to their colleagues about the union, and about union membership. The most common reason for the fear is that people don't believe they have all the answers to questions that might come up.

I have great news for you! YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS! And, in some ways, it's better if you don't. When you don't know the answer to your colleague's question, it gives you the perfect reason to talk to them again - get the answer and get back to them!

From Secrets of a Successful Organizer:  

Organizing involves a lot more listening than talking. Try the  80/20 rule - listen 80 percent of the time, talk 20 percent. Or at least get your share down to a third: you have two ears and one mouth, so use the proportionately...

"You have to listen," says Maria Martinez, who was the chief steward in [a] meatpacking plant...where members organized against harassment. "It's really important to let people let out their feelings and for them to see that someone cares abut what they have to say. then you can ask them, 'What do you think we should do about it?' You could say, 'I think we should do this,' but I've learned it's more effective when the ideas come out of them."

For tips on how to be a good listener, click here.

For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer, check out previous issues of "The Connection."
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

P.S. for information about student protests and your first amendment rights, check last week's newsletter - the corrected version can be found here.

What's Your Best Story?

Katie Chicquette Adams
High School At-Risk Educator
Appleton Area School District

2018 Fox Cities Future 15
Award Recipient

Katie was selected by the Pulse Young Professionals Network, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership in collaboration with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin  based on her professional dedication, strong sense of vision for the future of the Fox Cities and personal commitment to philanthropy in the community she calls home and beyond.

Katie was asked:  What is your vision for the Fox Cities?  See her answer below:

"Increased empathy and understanding for the least understood and most judged members of our community is the dominant theme of my vision for the future of the Fox Cities. In my view, any measure that seeks to protect, support and understand those who have faced the greatest financial, physical, health-related and emotional difficulties is not only a kindness but a necessity." 

Thank you WEAC Region 3 Members & Staff!
This year's Blanketing Brown County Drive collected 2,410 items.  Most of the items were blankets, but also included other items such as sleeping bags, hats, mittens and boots that helped keep Brown County individuals and families warm this winter.

The donations were distributed to a record 42 programs with the largest recipients being the New Community Shelter and 10 programs of the Green Bay Area Public School District: the McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Program, Head-Start and Community Caring Closets at Green Bay middle and high schools.

Attention Retirees

WEAC-Fox Valley Retired would like to extend an invitation to all WEAC Region 10/Retired members within the Region 3 geographical area to attend their spring get-together on April 24, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
D J Bordini Center
5 Systems Drive
Appleton, WI
(Located across the street from
Fox Valley Technical College on
Bluemound Drive)

Two good presentations are in store.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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

Backpacks Full Of Cash

April 17, 2018
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
De Pere Cinema
417 George Street
De Pere, WI 54115

Join us for a showing of the film "Backpacks Full of Cash." All GBEA, Region 3, Inspiring Educators, and community members are welcome.

Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, filmmakers Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow couldn't have known that the national education debate would dramatically shift to the very issues at the heart of their film: charter schools, vouchers and privatization. Now, this timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education "reform."

If You Care About:

Your Children's Safety, Education, & Future;

the Air You Breathe, the Water You Drink, 
the Food You Eat;

Money in Politics, Voter's Rights, & Redistricting;

Affordable Health Care & Right to a Living Wage...

Join the Democratic Party of Oconto County @ The Oconto Falls Senior Center
512 Caldwell Avenue, Oconto Falls, WI 54154
March 15, 2018 @ 5 PM

Sponsored & paid for by the
Democratic Party of Oconto County

South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
2018 Spring Election Activities

"When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better." - Maya Angelou

Check out how you can help by clicking here.

Professional Development Opportunities

Need Some Cash to Help You Get to Leadership Workshops?
The Dennis Muehl Grant can help!
This grant was created from memorial contributions following Dennis Muehl's death in October 1995. Dennis Muehl was the first Director of Bayland Teachers United, our area's first Uniserv. This grant is open to all WEAC Region 3 members and staff. $300 in grants are awarded annually.
If you are a dues paying member of WEAC Region 3, and you want to attend a grant-qualifying activity that relates to building the Union, Political Action, Public Relations, Membership Training, or the like, then please consider applying for the Dennis Muehl Grant.
These upcoming meetings are qualifying events:
WEAC Region 3 Union Skills Workshop, June 2018
NEA RA, June 30-July 5 in Minneapolis, MN
WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, July 30-August 1, 2018 in Eau Claire

Click here for an application form and more details about the Grant.

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.


  • Retired Travel Committee Meeting, Wednesday, March 14 @ Mary's North, Appleton
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, March 15 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
WEAC Region 3