December 4, 2020

Hello friends,

Well, this week has been a real rollercoaster. I've seen a lot of people in our state acting from a place of selfishness, but for every person acting that way, I've had conversations with thoughtful leaders that want, above all, to uphold the health of our ENTIRE community and make sure everyone feels safe at work.

Our leaders make sure no one is bullied. Our leaders take the high road and work diligently to make sure we have safe, inclusive workplaces.

They are people I am proud to work with.
They are also incredibly talented people. I can't think of a better way to showcase this than telling you about our workshops for Winter Recharge 2021. Winter Recharge is a day of professional development for union members by union members. It's a well rounded day featuring workshops on how to build union membership, a 101 for new presidents, a yoga session, meditation and self-care practices, as well as retirement planning.
You can learn more and register HERE!
We also have PDF's of the agenda if you'd like to share with your coworkers.

In Solidarity,

Kristin Lytie
Regional Director
WEAC Region 3
Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, December 9, WR3 Virtual Gathering, 4:30PM

Wednesday, December 9, Legislative Committee Meeting, 6PM

Tuesday, December 15, Zone B Meeting, 5:30PM

Thursday, December 17National Board Support Session, 5PM

Thursday, December 24-Monday, January 4, WR3 Office Closed for Winter Holiday

Wednesday, January 13, WR3 Virtual Gathering, 4:30PM

Wednesday, January 13, WR3 Executive Committee Meeting, 6PM

Thursday, January 14, National Board Support Session, 5PM

Tuesday, January 19, WR3 ESP & Special Ed Call, 4:30PM
Saturday, January 30, Winter Recharge, All Day
Recertification Election Results
The WERC voting period for recertification of K-12 locals ended on November 24. Region 3 had 32 locals that opted to file for recertification. Of those, 31 were successful, while one district fell 13 votes short of the 51% needed to recertify. Also, props to the Appleton Para's who successfully voted to certify with nearly 60% of the vote. Here are a few cumulative stats regarding the elections in the 32 locals that went through the recertification process:

  •  3,721 -- eligible voters, both members and potential members
  • 2,749 -- votes cast, 73.88% of those eligible voted
  • 2,721 -- YES votes cast in favor of continued representation by Region 3 locals, 98.98% of all votes cast
  •  28 -- NO votes cast against representation, 1.02% of all votes cast
  • 0 -- challenged voters, where the district and local were in disagreement regarding an individual’s eligibility to vote

Those numbers paint a meaningful picture. The fact that 74% of members and potential members voted, and that 99% of those voted for representation, is a very strong indicator that the staff in those locals see importance of the local association, Region 3, and representation. The big lift is to get those non-members who voted yes to join and add their voice and strengthen the locals ability to effectively demand meaningful changes.

An important reminder – if a local failed to recertify or a local opted not to certify, the lack of certification with the WERC only means the local cannot demand to “negotiate” the annual total base wage increase. Those locals still have the right to request to meet and confer with the district over wages, benefits, and working conditions. Not being certified with the WERC does NOT affect anything regarding individual membership or the local’s status with WEAC and Region 3. Members of non-certified locals still receive all of the benefits of membership. Non-certified locals are still affiliated with NEA/WEAC/Region3. The leadership of Region 3 has always taken the position that whether to certify/recertify is totally a local decision, often based on the local’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the district. Locals that are not certified may petition to do so at any time (but talk to your WR3 Director, as there are better times of the year to file). Whereas, if a local failed to recertify, they must wait at least one year from the date of the Certification of Results of Election before it can petition to be certified once again.
The 10-Minute Meeting
You have an opportunity to keep members in the loop AND respect their time by holding 10-minute meetings! It's also a great time to get feedback from people in the building. 

Get out there and BE VISIBLE!

How can we have 10-minute meetings during the pandemic? Now is probably the BEST time to reach out to your members! Facebook live, Google hangouts, Zoom...
For more details about how the 10-minute meeting works, click  here.
For previous 10-minute meeting topics:

The December 10-Minute Meeting topic:

Organizing Around the State Budget
You may have heard Robin Vos' plan and if you have, chances are you're not thrilled. One action we can take is to attend the People's Listening Session on Wednesday December 16th at 6pm. It's so important that Governor Evers hears from ACTUAL educators working everyday to make our communities better. This global pandemic has showed us that schools are the safety net of our communities and educators need to be respected not scapegoated.

Registration for the People's Listening Session will be available on Wed. Dec. 9th here. Please urge all your colleagues to attend. We are also continuing our efforts to secure a statewide metric based on SCIENCE that will determine when it is safe for schools to move from virtual learning to face to face or when schools should be in virtual mode. Please take a moment to share your concerns here and make sure your co-workers do too.
We're stronger
every day!
WEAC Weekly Wednesday Webinar

On Wednesday, December , be sure to register for, "epic! The Netflix of Books," which will promote student reading voice and choice. You'll learn to assign students books as a class, in groups or individually and create, edit, or utilize collections on topics or themes. Understand how to monitor student progress through tracking tools to influence comprehension.

A complete listing of the webinars and the registration link can be found HERE. 
WEAC Webinar for Parents

Have parents looking for resources about Special Education Needs?

WEAC has put together a great Webinar.


Region 3 has decided to cancel our December 14 Connection call.

Please join us and other educators/esp's at our Wednesday, December 9 All-Member call.

See details below.
You are Invited!
Virtual Gathering
Wednesday, December 9
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Please note that you need to PRE-Register for the meeting.Then an email will be sent to you with the login link.
We look forward to SEEING you!
Member Sign Up

Easy, fast online feature supports your membership efforts
WEAC online member sign-up, Join Now, is now available to provide a convenient and fast way for educators to become members of our union.
In a series of simple screens, educators can enter their information to become a member. This feature is especially useful during one-on-one membership conversations. While the process is entirely online, it is recommended that organizers and leaders stay with educators through the sign-up process to answer any questions that might arise.

For an overview of the Join Now experience, click here.