Spotlight on Locals: Wausau Education Association

In addition to having dedicated leaders and members who focus on students and the community, the Wausau Education Association credits its success in part to the strong support it gets from the national, state and region unions. “Our work in membership growth has been a collaborative effort,” WEA Vice President Deb Foster tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We’d like to thank the National Education Association (NEA), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and Region 2 for investing in our local for the organizing project to grow our membership. Your confidence in us has made all the difference in our success.”

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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.

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Spotlight on Locals: Boyceville Education Association

The Boyceville Education Association was on the ground floor of a local initiative called “Build a Better Boyceville” which is focused on the economics of their area and improvement of their community. Both BEA President Holly Sweeney and BEA Secretary Jacob Peterson see this work as critical for both their local association and their community. “We are all invested in Boyceville, and we want to be an education partner in this work,” Holly tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: Siren Education Association

The Siren Education Association’s success as a local union is based on a people-first philosophy. “Approach every new person offering them the benefits and support of the association, listen to every member’s thoughts and concerns, and work diligently to have open dialogue with your administrators,” SEA President Polly Imme told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “Our work is a two-way street and takes honesty, respect, and trust.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Onalaska Education Association

Believing in the greater good, strong ethics, one-to-one communication, building relationships, having strong leaders at the building level, building a positive image. Leaders of the Onalaska Education Association say these are all ingredients to creating a strong local association. “A key to our success has been to be a positive influence in the school district and the community,” music teacher Christina Martin told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: Owen-Withee Education Association

The strength of the Owen-Withee Education Association, leaders say, comes from its focus on students first and on having “home-grown teachers” who are involved in the community. “We see our students in and out of school,” OWEA leader Russ Weiler told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column, “and we are always working to keep our schools and community strong for our students.”

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