March 13, 2020
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
This week, WEAC hosted town hall forums in Sun Prairie and Sheboygan to increase awareness and work toward building safe, inclusive and welcoming classrooms for all students. There are still several of these popular forums happening, and you're invited to join us for a discussion to share your experiences, contribute ideas and solutions to ensure all students have the opportunity to learn and grow. Together we can create a better learning environment. Find a forum near you .
WEAC Retired annual meeting and conference registration open *
Register now for the 2020 WEAC-Retired Annual Meeting and Conference at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha on Thursday, May 7.  Learn more and sign up .

*Please note that WEAC is monitoring the coronavirus situation and will communicate as soon as a decision is made about cancelling or continuing this conference.
39th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society

Because of the current coronavirus situation, the 39th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society scheduled for Saturday, March 28, in Milwaukee has been cancelled.
Important Dates for WTCS Locals:
April 1 - 21, 2020
Voting period (complete details coming later this month).
Don’t panic over stock market volatility
Currently, markets are poised to extend their period of correction based on global events. Understandably, the news about the downward direction of the stock market may cause you to feel some anxiety and confusion.
But watch your emotions. Despite our best intentions to act rationally, basic impulses and emotional responses can influence our decisions, often against our better judgment.
Given the news this week a lot of people are asking, “how do we continue our campaigns and planning in the middle of global pandemic?” Social distancing doesn’t have to stop union power! We will continue to be in communication with one another via email, video conferencing, phone calls and texts. We at Region 3 are also available to help you reschedule meetings via zoom or conference call if your local needs it!

We also need to be in communication now more than ever regarding what Region 3 districts are doing in response to the virus. Some districts are offering unlimited sick time, and some have yet to issue a statement to staff. Locals should review district pandemic plans NOW (search your Board of Education policies) and demand to meet and confer over issues arising from almost imminent school closures - in particular how instructional time will be made up and how employees will be compensated. 

Most importantly, be safe! Wash your hands. Avoid contact with those most at risk. If you experience any symptoms, please self-quarantine. If you need to self-quarantine, but are being pressured to report to work, please contact Region 3 for assistance. 

Kristin Lytie
Regional Director
WEAC Region 3