August 7, 2020
MEMBERSHIP EDITION, Vol. 4, #12

Hello friends,

As we get closer to the beginning of the school year, plans are starting to come together. Many districts are opting for a hybrid program and many unions have gotten their district to commit to a mask mandate. (Which I'm hoping we won't need due to Ever's state-wide mask mandate, but we all know how fun Wisconsin politics can be!) Just in case it's repealed, it doesn't hurt to have that commitment now as a possible back up.

There's still time to voice your concerns, ask for accommodations, and ask for clarification on the day to day of what your life will look like. Right now is the moment to bring your concerns to your fellow union members, the school board, and your local health officials. Educators from Region 3 came together to discuss these issues on Facebook Live on Monday, August 3rd. We had over 1,400 views including local television news! You can watch the discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/Region3.weac.org/videos/1504421516432742

You can watch the television coverage at the links below:






In Solidarity,
Kristin Lytie
WEAC Region 3 
The 10-Minute Meeting
You have an opportunity to keep members in the loop AND respect their time by holding 10-minute meetings! It's also a great time to get feedback from people in the building. 

Get out there and BE VISIBLE!

How can we have 10-minute meetings during the pandemic? Now is probably the BEST time to reach out to your members! Facebook live, Google hangouts, Zoom...
For more details about how the 10-minute meeting works, click  here.
For previous 10-minute meeting topics:
January: Retirement

The August 10-Minute Meeting topic:

Planning Your New Hire Orientation
Reaching out to new hires in your district is so important to grow your union.

Who is getting hired in what building?
Does the union get time during the district's week or orientation?
Who should talk to them about what your local does and ask them to join?
Do you want to create a fun gift for new joiners like a union t-shirt or sticker?

These are some of the questions your team can discuss in planning your outreach to the new people in your district!
Need help finding out who the new people are?
Contact Kristin, Erin or Dave at Region 3!
Join Early at No Extra Cost
When you become a member of your local association, WEAC and NEA,
by completing an early enrollment membership form, you pay nothing
until September 1 and immediately receive:
 
  • $1 million in coverage under the Educator Employment Liability (EEL) insurance to protect you if a student or parent sues you during the course of employment

  • Discounts and savings through NEA Member Benefits (www.neamb.com)

 
At the start of the school year, you will enjoy the full benefits of membership
including:
 
  • Representation through your local and region in employment disputes
 
  • Eligibility for assistance through the WEAC Legal Services Program in matters related to your employment
 
  • Access to the Attorney Referral Program that provides for two, free half-hour consultations with a participating attorney every year
 
 
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
by contacting Region3@weac.org!
Special Education Networking Meeting
When: August 10, 2020 @ 4:00 PM
 
Register in advance for this meeting HERE.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
WEDNESDAY, August 12, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
 
Please note that you need to PRE-Register for the meeting.Then an email will be sent to you with the login link.
We are doing our best to Zoombomb-proof our meeting!
 
Agenda:
1) Latest updates on school closings.
2) Time for sharing! What's going on in your area?
 
We look forward to SEEING you!
It's a good idea to log in a few minutes early
to get the audio and video working on your device.
Webinar: Know Your Rights Presented by WEAC Legal
Get to know your rights in this webinar presented by WEAC Legal. From 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, we'll cover many of the topics educators are anxious about in these uncertain times. WEAC members only. Register now.
WEAC
EDUCATION SUPPORT PERSONNEL CONNECTION CALL FOR ALL ESP'S
WEAC Region 3 would now like to invite members and potential members to these meetings. This is your opportunity, Region 3 members, to bring a non-member friend. Let's show them the value of union membership!
 
Region 3 created an ESP Connection Call to check in with one another, keep each other in the loop and plan our next steps. It was discovered that now more than ever ESP staff need to be in contact with each other to discuss what their districts are doing, best practices and how to implement them in their own district. The global pandemic has revealed that schools are the social safety nets for many of our communities and that those safety nets work because you do.
 
 
Please join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 4 pm via zoom to participate in this important conversation. 
 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

WELCOME
NEW MEMBERS in JUNE:
37!
Many of these came from
the Early Enrollment program. Contact us to find out how to make this work for your local!

ETF Learning Opportunity/Update
Live Webinars Scheduled for September and August 2020

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. 
Interactive and engaging activities designed for WEAC members to develop self-care skills and a balanced life. Click Here to Register