March 22, 2019
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
Important Union Stuff
Attention all WEAC Region 3 Retirees!
You're invited to WFV-Retired's Annual Spring Meeting. They promise a good lunch and good conversation! PLEASE RSVP TODAY!
They have a special meeting planned for April 24th at noon. It will start with a luncheon at Liberty Hall in Kimberly (800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI 54136). Lunch will include a sandwich buffet, soup, and fruit salad. 
WTCS Recertification Vote Open March 14 - April 3
Recertification voting for Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) locals is open noon March 14 to noon April 3. The Union needs to receive YES votes from 51% of all eligible voters to win. Not voting counts the same as a “no” vote. Your colleagues need your support, so please vote YES. 

WEAC Representative Assembly is April 27 in Oshkosh
Hundreds of WEAC members will gather in Oshkosh April 27 for the annual WEAC Representative Assembly, where they set a budget, elect leaders and develop policy. This year, WEAC President Ron Martin and WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen are running unopposed for re-election. Also running unopposed are Nicholas J. Sirek for NEA Director and Amanda Oudenhoven for Alternate NEA Director. The candidates for Minority Guarantee Representative to the WEAC Board are Jesse Martinez and Demond Coleman, and the candidate for Alternate Minority Guarantee Representative to the WEAC Board is Alexandra Agar-Pratt. Find out more about these candidates and also see what amendments are being proposed to the WEAC Resolutions and to the WEAC Constitution and Bylaws on the WEAC Representative Assembly page at .

PLEASE NOTE: Delegate allotments have been calculated based on local membership as of February 26. Local presidents were sent a delegate report form to be completed and returned to WEAC by April 5.
Wisconsin State Statute 118.22 governs the renewal and NON-renewal of full-time teacher contracts

For information about non-renewal and renewal of individual teaching contracts, click here.
Tuesday, April 2nd
Election Day!

  • Are you registered to vote?
  • Where is your polling place?
  • What are the hours for early voting?
  • What's on your ballot?

Answers to these and many more election-related questions are available in one easy spot!

Click here.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members. 
The following Locals have voted to Recommend School Board candidates:
  • Kaukauna
  • Chad Berken
  • Kathy Breitzman

  • Neenah
  • Lauri Asbury
  • Stephanie Holt

  • Port Washington
  • Yvonne Klotz

  • Pulaski
  • Brian Chlopek

  • Appleton
  • Tom Bowman
  • Tim McKeag

  • Manitowoc
  • Dave Nickels
  • Richard Nitsch
  • Elizabeth Williams
  • Meredith Sauer

Supported Referendums:
  • Neenah – Yes

Want to Tell the Governor What Needs to be Included in the State Budget? Here's Your Opportunity
Educator Town Hall State Budget Meeting
Tuesday, March 26
4 PM
Stangel Elementary School Library
Manitowoc, WI
Tentative JFC Budget Hearings
  • Friday, April 5 – Public Hearing – Janesville Area

  • Thursday, April 11 – Public Hearing – Milwaukee Area

  • Wednesday, April 24 – Public Hearing – Green Bay Area
Professional Development
DO YOU HAVE STUDENT LOANS? Here's a Hot Resource!
NEA Member Benefits is thrilled to announce a new, game-changing solution for members struggling with student loan debt: the  NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator.  The Navigator takes the guesswork and paperwork out of an extremely complex process as borrowers navigate the maze of federal teacher loan forgiveness programs. Borrowers can find out—at no cost—if they’re eligible for loan forgiveness and, if so, how much they could potentially reduce their student loan debt. See an overview here.
Get a JUMP START on your National Board Certification!

Developed by a team of Nationally Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across the country, NEA Jump Start is a comprehensive, three+ day seminar designed to provide early support to National Board candidates. Jump Start 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. This Jump Start training is Sunday, July 28, through Wednesday, July 31, 2019 , at UW-Stevens Point. The registration fee is just $300 for WEAC members and $150 for drive-in WEAC Members (the full fee for non-members is $1000 / $850 drive-in). Find out more and register now.
NBCT Information Meeting
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Region 3 Office
Email Sandra Michels for more details.
Register NOW for
the 2019 WI Labor History Conference
Saturday, April 13 in Madison

We expect a capacity audience this year. Assure a seat for 2019.

Register ONLINE .

To get mail-in Registration Form, click here .

REGISTRATION (Includes refreshments, lunch, materials):

$35.00 per person
$10.00 students, unemployed
Sign Up Now - June 25-26 in Madison
WEAC is a co-sponsor of Every Teacher a Leader training June 25-26 in Madison. Teacher leaders are the heart of successful schools. Every Teacher a Leader promotes, supports, and grows teacher leadership and voice. Develop your ideas and meet others who can support you along the way. Register by March 29!
Win a Cruise for Two
Nominate an Outstanding Educator to Win a Cruise for Two
To celebrate Norwegian Joy’s upcoming debut in North America, Norwegian Cruise Lines is giving a seven-day cruise for two to 15 amazing teachers in the U.S. and Canada. Nominate an educator who demonstrates a passion for spreading the joy of learning (or, if you are one, nominate yourself!). Explain how your candidate is bringing joy to the classroom, then cast your vote. The top 15 nominees will receive a free cruise for two, an exclusive invitation to an award ceremony on May 3 in Seattle (including airfare and accommodations) and the chance to win the grand prize of $15,000 for their school. Find out more.
Hi all,

For the past two summers, two of our Region 3 Locals have participated in a Summer Organizing program that trained up and paid some Local members who developed a plan to TALK to people over the summer. Yes, they asked potential members to join, and they talked to members to find out stuff they cared about. It's been a pretty intensive 8-10 week project.

Maybe your local can't rustle up the resources for such an intensive plan. But here's what you CAN do: Sign up a team for our August workshop! We'll be helping our Locals develop a Back-to-School plan for membership. The one-day workshop provides tips, strategies, and skill-building, but also ample time for the team to make a plan for a fall membership drive.

SAVE the DATES: August 6, 7, and 8.

No, you don't have to attend all three days! The Region 3 workshop will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019. But Region 7 in Brookfield, Region 5 in Baraboo, and Region 6 in Madison are coordinating our workshops (and quite possibly other Regions in the state as well). So, for example, if you live in the southern part of Region 3, a workshop in the Milwaukee area might be more convenient for you. Save the dates and stay tuned for details!

And, more important than saving the dates, start talking to people about this workshop. Get some folks to commit to attending. How do you find the people who are interested? Well, talk to them first. For ideas on the kind of people you are looking for, here's a great article: Where Do Good Organizers Come From?

Kathy Rohde
Region 3 Director