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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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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