December 8, 2017   
Hi all,

I've decided to begin a series of lessons about organizing. In my travels across the Region, meeting with members in Locals of all sizes, I encounter a similar story. People complain about stuff. Sometimes they complain repeatedly about the same stuff over time. And the people also complain about the fact that nothing can be done. At least, they FEEL like nothing can be done.

And to that I say, "nay, nay!" Quoting from Secrets of a Successful Organizer, a 2016 publication from Labor Notes:

"Organizing is first of all an attitude. It's the attitude that you and your co-workers together can do something to make things better. It's the attitude that action is better than complaining. It's the attitude that problems are just waiting for a solution, and that strength in numbers is part of that solution....If you have the organizing attitude, you feel it is necessary to respond to unfairness. You are committed to building power with your co-workers, not just talking about it. You believe in collective action and want to get better at putting others in motion."

If you and your union friends are stuck in the complaining mode and are interested in changing your attitude, we are ready to help you!

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Political Action
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If you have family and friends who need to enroll or re-enroll in a 2018 health insurance exchange marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), please share the attached with them in light of a series of actions taken by the Trump administration. These actions are expected to hinder enrollment efforts, cut advertising and outreach, and result in a destabilization of the health insurance marketplace.  
Professional Development Opportunities
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.
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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.
Tuesday, January 23
5:30 - 7:30 pm
WR3 office AND via Zoom
Details and registration coming soon!
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.

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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.
  • Travel Committee Meeting @ Mary's North, Appleton, December 13 @ 9:30 AM

  • 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

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