Spotlight on Locals: Green Bay Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen highlights the Green Bay Education Association, whose success is rooted in efforts to reach out to members and potential members and help them learn and grow as both educators and as union leaders. Programs include Emerging Voices, Early Career Learning Labs, Early Career Leadership Fellowship and National Board Certification support. “The greatest strength of the GBEA is that our members understand the value of unions — locally, statewide, and nationwide,” says GBEA Treasurer Dan Gage.

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Spotlight on Locals: Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association

When local associations share their stories of success, it helps them grow in numbers and in strength. That was one of the key messages that WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen took away from her recent visit with leaders of the Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association in Appleton. “We continue to do good things here, and everyone needs to know that it is the Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association that is making this a better place to work and a better place for students to learn,” FVTCFA President Jim Reinke said. Peggy shares details of her visit in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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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.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Janesville Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen highlights the many successes of the Janesville Education Association, from working to elect quality school board members to instituting a new salary schedule to holding the line on insurance costs. “While we don’t have the leverage we once did, creating a friendlier environment that is working in the spirit of cooperation is making a difference for us,” says JEA President Dave Groth.

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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.

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Spotlight on Locals: Appleton Education Association

In her latest Spotlight On Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen talks with the members of the Appleton Education Association’s Membership Committee, who are committed to honoring the rich legacy of the AEA. “We inherited a strong association,” said AEA President Chris Heller. “Past presidents like Marcia Engen, Noelle Mudrak, Candi Breitengross, Mark Leschke and Dianne Lang built the AEA to be a strong local. We are working to keep it strong.”

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