July 20, 2018  

Hi all,

As we think about back-to-school and membership drives and WHY we are union members, let's remember the analogy that compares a pop machine to a gym membership. 

Pop machines are transactional. We put the money in, we get a product out. When the product we want doesn't dispense, we kick the machine and get angry. Maybe we look for another machine to give us satisfaction. Lots of potential members are out there asking the question, "what can the union do for me?" and they may be thinking about a cost/benefit analysis or getting a particular kind of soda.

A gym membership, on the other hand, requires commitment and action in order to get out of it the things we desire. It includes a group of people interested in the same things we are, people who work together to get results.

Our union membership is like a gym membership. Let's ask this question of ourselves and our potential members: "What are YOU willing to DO to help make changes that affect our working conditions and our students' learning conditions?" Join us! Let's work together!


Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Back-to-School Membership Drive
You're gonna have one, right?

Wednesday, August 8
This workshop is designed to help YOUR LOCAL plan (plenty of time for planning at the workshop!) and implement (we can work with you when fall comes around) a successful membership drive to kick off the 2018-19 school year. 

We are encouraging you to bring a team of at least three people from your Local, so you can start thinking about fun people to bring along. Click on the image or here to register. Click for a flyer.

Start talking with your friends today!

Join WEAC-Retired Now and Save


Delegates at the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly voted to increase theNEA-Retired lifetime dues $50, but WEAC members who  join WEAC-Retired before September 1 will not have to pay the dues increase.
Anyone eligible to join WEAC can join  WEAC-Retired, even BEFORE you retire! Joining WEAC-Retired means also  joining NEA-Retired and enjoying all of the benefits provided by the national and state organizations.
Learn more on the  WEAC-Retired website or by calling WEAC at 1-800-276-7711.

Professional Development

Find out more and sign up now for an August 16 "Teaching Hacks!" workshop presented by WEA Academy at the WEAC Building in Madison. In this workshop, Fennimore Education Association member, science teacher, and author Danielle Carlson brings you tips, tricks and ideas to save you time, help you organize your classroom in creative ways, strengthen relationships with students, implement active learning strategies, improve your classroom management skills, and more.

This is a WEAC member-only event. 

At the same time and location as the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, WEAC will be conducting a Jump Start National Board Certification training. Developed by a team of National Board Certified Teachers from across the country, Jump Start is a comprehensive, three-plus day seminar designed to provide early support to National Board candidates. It lays the groundwork for understanding the certification process by deeply examining component and assessment center requirements. Time is dedicated to gathering resources and information needed to become successful in certifying. All of this is provided in a supportive, constructive and collegial environment. Jump Start is led by a fun and dynamic training team of Wisconsin National Board Certified Teachers. Find out more and register now! ... Open informational flier.

Learn the financial and professional benefits of National Board Certification in the comfort of your own home. Led by Wisconsin National Board Network President Sandra Michels, this webinar will outline the process of obtaining National Board Certification. Sign up here.

October 26-28, 2018 in Green Bay

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

Get Involved with Candidate(s) of your Choice:


Mahlon Mitchell Canvassing

Saturday, July 21st, 2018: 10am - 1pm
Saturday, July 28th, 2018: 10am - 1pm
Saturday, August 4th, 2018: 10am - 1pm
Saturday, August 11th, 2018: 10am - 1pm
USW D2: 1244 Midway Rd., Menasha, WI 54952

Saturday, August 4th, 2018: 10am - 1pm
Saturday, August 11th, 2018: 10am - 1pm
Green Bay Labor Temple: 1570 Elizabeth Street, Green Bay, WI 54311

If you have any questions, and/or want to join, please contact Sabrina:

Sabrina L. Johnson, M.S. 
Northeast & Northcentral WI Area Labor Federation
Service Area Coordinator
Cell: (715)572-5660

The Gubernatorial Primary is Tuesday, August 14, 2018
What is your plan for voting?
Offices on this PARTISAN primary ballot are Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats, and all Wisconsin Assembly seats.
How the primary works
primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Wisconsin utilizes an open primary system; registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. [40] [41] [42]

No Crossover Voting
Electors may vote for candidates of only one political party. Select a political party ballot. On the selected ballot, vote for the candidates of your choice by placing a mark in the space designated next to the candidate's name. Or, write in the name of a person for whom you desire to vote. If you vote for candidates of more than one party, no votes will be counted.


The 4th Annual Summer Summit is August 1 at Appleton North High School and the planning team has been working nonstop to put together an amazing day for public education supporters. This conference is for ALL OF US - from the seasoned organizers and the veteran educators to those just interested in learning more about the challenges facing our schools and what we can do to support them. Register TODAY and help spread the word!    Click here to register and learn more.

Member Benefits

Live Webinars Scheduled for July, August!

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.
  • 5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement (July)
  • Beneficiary Designations (July)
  • WRS Employer and Employee Contribution Rates (July)
  • Overview of the WI Retirement Systrem (July)
  • Retirement Annuity Options
  • Additional Contributions
  • Retirement Benefit Calculation Method

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.
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, the third Thursday of every month @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • WEAC Welcome Program - sign up to learn how to attract new employees to the union. July 21 in Mosinee; July 24 in Green Bay, and August 4 in Milwaukee.
  • Membership Drive Workshop - Wednesday, August 8 - 9 am to 4 pm.
WEAC Region 3