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.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Dodgeville Education Association

The Dodgeville Education Association has worked for years building relationships with the school board, the administration and the community, and it has paid off. In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the DEA, who credit their success as an association in part with working collaboratively with their pro-education and pro-educator school board. “There’s a small town part of this,” said Dodgeville EA Treasurer Joan Davis. “We know each other, we talk with one another outside of school, and school board members ask us for our input.”

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Spotlight on Locals: United Lakewood Educators-Muskego

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of United Lakewood Educators-Muskego, which has a history of strength that it is maintaining through a calm and measured approach. Co-President Anna Wendt says ULE-Muskego advocates for students and its members and “has been a level-headed support network and a voice of reason.”

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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.”

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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.

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Spotlight on Locals: Northern Educational Support Team

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with a unique local, the Northern Educational Support Team (NEST), which is made up of education support professional units from multiple districts: Arbor Vitae-Woodruff, Chequamegon, Hurley, Lac du Flambeau, Lakeland, Mercer, Minocqua, North Lakeland, Phelps, Phillips, Rib Lake, CESA 9, Northland Pines, Nicolet Maintenance, and Tomahawk. “Having joined forces gives us numbers and collective power,” says Kayla Cottrell, NEST Secretary Treasurer and President of the Tomahawk Support Staff.

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