Spotlight on Locals: Milwaukee Educational Assistants Association

After having great success with organizing campaigns and educating the administration and community about the value of what they do, the Milwaukee Educational Assistants Association was able to re-instate salary schedules for all its support staff. “This was a huge victory for our members,” MEAA President Crystal Ealy tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: West Salem Education Association

The West Salem Education Association believes there is no better way to help people understand the value of the union than to talk with them face-to-face. “In the West Salem Education Association, we provide opportunities for all educators to grow. We are working to introduce ourselves to our young educators, to share the good work we are doing, and to invite them to grow stronger with us,” WSEA Co-President Ryan Waldhart tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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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: Port Washington-Saukville Education Association

Deb Anderson, past president of the Port Washington-Saukville Education Association, says the association has worked hard to make sure it remains strong. “We still have a voice, and we have worked hard for that by building relationships with district leadership, the school board, parents, and the community,” she tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in Peggy’s latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: D.C. Everest Teachers’ Association

The D.C. Everest Teachers’ Association has shaken up the status quo and is focusing on a new set of “clear directions and goals.” That’s what DCETA leaders told WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We ask our colleagues to become a part of something,” said DCETA President Marie Wardall. “We show our members and our potential members our list of accomplishments, and we demonstrate why union membership matters to them.”

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