Tag Archive: spotlight on locals

Oct 03

Spotlight on Locals: Council 10 Retired

While members of Council 10 Retired aren’t in a school building everyday anymore, they certainly stay active. In addition to participating in protests and political events, they attend many educational meetings and social events. Council 10 Retired – one of 24 local chapters of the statewide WEAC Retired group – was recognized this week by WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

Mar 01

Spotlight on Locals: Port Washington-Saukville Education Association

Deb Anderson, past president of the Port Washington-Saukville Education Association, says the association has worked hard to make sure it remains strong. “We still have a voice, and we have worked hard for that by building relationships with district leadership, the school board, parents, and the community,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

Jan 04

Spotlight on Locals: Racine Educators United

Members of Racine Educators United not only fight for their students every day in the classroom but carry that fight throughout the community, and state, as well. “While the challenges in public education feel big and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, find issues that matter to your members and your community,” said REU President Angelina Cruz, who spoke with WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “When you begin to tackle these one at a time, you can make a difference for your students and your community. This is difficult work, but important work, that no one else is doing.” 

Sep 07

Spotlight on Locals: Verona Area Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with members of the Verona Area Education Association, who are proud of their tradition of stepping up for each other and for students. Jill Thronson, who has been active with the VAEA for 25 years and is a Building Representative for Stoner Prairie Elementary School, knows what keeps the VAEA strong: “Our tradition of consistent, strong local leadership.”

Jun 14

Spotlight on Locals: Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

“Our members understand that the union is them,” and that is why Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association members are always ready to take action on behalf of students and schools. That is what MTEA President Kim Schroeder told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen as she interviewed MTEA leaders for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Wisconsin educators are writing labor history,” added MTEA Vice President Amy Mizialko. “Scott Walker doesn’t write the last chapter. We write the last chapter with our parents, our students, our members, and our community.”

May 25

Spotlight on Locals: Monona Grove Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with leaders of the Monona Grove Education Association, who say relationships are the key to the association’s success. “Start at the ground floor, and talk with your members,” said MGEA Secretary Jennifer Klotzbach. “Get a pulse of what’s going on and make sure your members know that you are there for them. It will have a positive snowball effect.”

May 17

Spotlight on Locals: Freedom Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen finds inspiration from the Freedom Education Association which – with the help of WEAC Region 3 – conducted a self-assessment, identified specific goals and set out to achieve them. The result? Membership increased from around 50 percent to close to 70 percent.

Apr 12

Spotlight on Locals: Holmen Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with leaders and members of the Holmen Education Association, who have found success by, among other things, sharing positive news and union benefits, working with the district administration and being active in the community. “Doing positive work in your community is so important,” said HEA President Lisa Risch. “The HEA values education and giving back to our students.”

Mar 28

Spotlight on Locals: Cudahy Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with leaders of the Cudahy Education Association, who have found that focusing on building relationships is a key to success. “Our success comes down to three things — persistence, continual communication, and positive collaboration,” said CEA Co-President Christine Janusiak.

Feb 23

Spotlight on Locals: Beloit Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the Beloit Education Association, who have found success in creating positive relationships with district leadership and members of the school board. “We are partners in the school district,” says BEA President Tim Vedra.  “We reach out to one another when issues arise in the school district.”

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