October 11, 2019
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon presented WEAC’s Excellence in Education Award
WEAC President Ron Martin on Wednesday presented WEAC’s Excellence in Education Award to Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon. The award was presented in Grignon’s classroom, in front of students, family members and colleagues.
Martin quoted from one of Grignon’s nominators who said:
“Ben’s role as a teacher is not simply to teach art; rather his is the simultaneous honor and obligation to preserve and teach traditional Menominee arts, culture and language through his classroom. He is more accurately described as an art-informed anthropologist, tasked with keeping Menominee Nation traditions alive through education. I cannot overstate how important this work is as the primary teacher working to insulate his nation’s culture and traditions from being lost through time and diffusion.” Read more and comment on Facebook .
Region 3/GBEA National Board Support Sessions

WEAC, Region 3 and GBEA have organized ongoing monthly National Board Support for the 2019-2020 cycle. Generally, the first portion of the session will feature a presentation on a topic or issue and the second portion of the session will be reserved for working with candidate concerns and questions. Sessions will be held at the WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N Military Ave, Green Bay. We have a new facilitator, Sarah Johnston (Marinette).

We have added the option of joining us via Zoom if you are unable to
attend in person! Pre-registration is not required but appreciated - light dinner will be served. To register, click here .

Joint Wisconsin-Minnesota Retired Conference is November 19

WEAC retired members are invited to join other teacher and support staff retirees at the first Joint Wisconsin and Minnesota Conference! It will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center in Eau Claire on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 10:30 to 3:45.
This unique one-day conference will feature Sarah Borgman, president of NEA-Retired. Besides a special keynote speaker, there will be break-out sessions on identity theft, traveling, a special moderated forum of both state leaders, and a special upbeat and fun session by Sarah Borgman.
In addition, there will be a delicious lunch and time to mix and mingle with colleagues and friends you haven’t met yet from your neighboring state. If you need a room for the night, that’s available too.
Join us! Register yourself and your guests at this link: http://www.cvent.com/d/3yqrb8 .
Member Benefits
WEAC Members: Get Your Discounted Tickets to Milwaukee Bucks Games and Fiserv Forum Events!

Because of WEAC’s relationship with the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, discount tickets for the 2019-2020 season are available for Bucks games, as well as other selected Fiserv Forum events! Tickets can be ordered and printed from the convenience of your home or office computer. If you have used this link in the past then you may use the same account information. If this is your first visit, signing up for an account is quick and easy. Check back regularly as new games and seat locations are made available! Go to Bucks.com/Ticketpass or click on the TicketPass image above. Use promo code: WEAC
Financial Planning Complimentary Consultation
WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, the third Thursday of every month @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Andrea Hartwig 800-279-4030, ext. 4228.
Are you Jack or Jill?
Take a look at what happens when you start saving early for retirement with a helpful infographic from WEA Member Benefits. 

Need a 4- or 5-drawer file cabinet?
Region 3 is making room for our new tenants Therefore, we have several 4-drawer cabinets and one 5-drawer file cabinet. All are black and are non-locking.

Call or email us to claim yours and schedule a time for pick-up.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.   
NEA launched the Strong Public Schools campaign to provide educators and their communities with information and insight into the 2020 presidential candidates. Now, with the help of its Candidate Comparison tool, you can see every single candidate’s position on the issues that matter to you, like education funding, class size, early childhood education, and voucher programs. Check out the tool and see what positions each candidate takes on the issues affecting students, educators, and public education .
"BLUE WAVE 2020"

Help fuel the Blue Wave while sharing dinner and upbeat musical entertainment with fellow Democrats on Thursday October 17th, 2019!

Join your fellow Ozaukee Democratic neighbors and special guest speakers John Nichols (nationally recognized political journalist) and Ben Wikler (Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairperson), as well as other Democratic leaders, as we build resources to Elect More Democrats! Net proceeds will fund the election of more Democrats up and down the ticket in 2020 and the ongoing growth of the Democratic Party of Ozaukee County.

We will have an irresistible collection of silent auction items so remember to bring your checkbook!
Thursday, October 17th, 6-8 PM
Cedarburg Cultural Center
Casual Attire, Cash Bar! Please share this event with all your friends!!
Hello all,

When I talk to members of a Local Association teacher union about their problems, they invariably say to me, “it’s different here .” They say, “our principal is a tyrant: she is making us attend long weekly meetings that have no purpose.” In a different Local, they say, “Our Superintendent tells us to stop whining and he retaliates against teachers who disagree with him.” Teachers feel demoralized. They say, "There's nothing we can do." They suck it up and quit complaining because they feel powerless to change things that might make their working lives better. Here is the question I have for you: How long do we want to keep living this way?

I travel to dozens of school districts and I can tell you it is NOT different where you are. Isolation is contributing to despair and hopelessness. You are not alone in your misery. And there is good news! In one school district, the unlicensed principal was fired by the school board because the teachers worked together to reveal her incompetency. In another school district, teachers are successfully overcoming the problem of classroom overloads. Teachers in THESE districts are feeling happier about their workplace! There are ways to beat back against the way things are. Here are two questions I have for you: Can you imagine a better workplace? What does it feel like?

Everyone has a challenge in their workplace – probably more than one! A good place to begin to address those challenges is to attend our “UP [Union Power] Connection” meeting on Saturday, November 16th, from 9am to 4pm at the Region office in Green Bay. At this meeting we will explore strategies to turn what you have into what you need so you can get what you want . I’m asking you to join me at the meeting on November 16, and I’m asking you to find at least one more member at your school to join us. Are you ready to show that we are not alone? Are you ready for some hope?

Register here. Right now!

--Kathy Rohde
Uniserv Director
Region 3 WEAC