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.” 

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Spotlight on Locals: Greendale Education Association

Megan Faherty, high school history and psychology teacher and Vice President of the Greendale Education Association, attributes the strength of the Greendale Education Association (GEA) to “our ability to reach out to our members, find out what matters to them, and then organize around issues that are important to them.” … “We regularly complete member surveys and hold listening sessions to engage our members,” Megan told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: Reedsburg Education Association

Reedsburg Education Association members are dedicated every day to the students in their schools and classrooms, but their dedication extends beyond the school walls, REA leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “In our area, the school is the core of the community,” says REA Treasurer Ann Schmitt, “and it extends out from there. Our teachers are known and recognized in our community as an integral part.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Tomah Education Association

The Tomah Education Association is lucky to have a strong foundation built by educators and union activists of the past, TEA leaders say. “In general, our tradition of organizing is strong, and our members value us,” TEA President Nathan Jungmeyer told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We are continuing to build upon that tradition to grow,” Jungmeyer added.

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Spotlight on Locals: Bayfield Education Association

“The reason for our strong participation is that people see the BEA as a collective teacher voice for the district, and our voice is focused on kids, families, and our community. We want to make our school district the best place it can be.” That is how former Bayfield Education Association President Rick Erickson – also a former Wisconsin Teacher of the Year – sums up the BEA’s success as a local association. Rick spoke with WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We’re all part of a community,” adds current BEA President Eric Iverson, “and we stick together.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Eau Claire Association of Educators

Eau Claire Association of Educators members trust their leaders and are willing to work with them to get things done. That is why, ECAE leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, the ECAE is a growing association that has had significant successes in recent years. “Our continued success in membership growth has made us stronger,” ECAE Building Representative Brian Wiltgen told Peggy for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “And we aren’t stopping now.”

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