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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Spotlight on Locals: Rib Lake Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with the Rib Lake Education Association, which, she says, has reinforced for her the qualities of strong and steadfast local leaders. “This leadership team has had each other’s back on every issue that they have faced and continue to face,” Peggy writes. “They are truly a group-first local with a strong culture of unionism stemming from their leadership.”

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Spotlight on Locals: Fond du Lac Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with the Fond du Lac Education Association, which prides itself on being a strong advocate for students, members, and potential members. Jarred Gerl, FEA head negotiator and executive board member, emphasized the association’s efforts in building trust with the membership. “We are out and about in buildings having conversations with our members,” he said. “The visibility of the FEA is important.”

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Spotlight on Locals: River Falls Education Association

In a new “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the River Falls Education Association, who say that “persistence” is one of the keys to their success. “In this work, you don’t always get what you want,” said Christine Muenich, one of the River Falls EA Co-Vice Presidents. “You have to keep bringing it back around because some people don’t connect the dots right away. You have to help them to see the needs you are expressing.”   

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