Spotlight on Locals: Tomahawk Education Association

In the first of a new series of columns titled “Spotlight on Locals,” WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits the Tomahawk Education Association, where she talks with Co-President Ann Swenty about how her local has maintained strength, holding steady with a membership of 77 teachers of their 100 teachers on staff. “First and foremost, you must have a strong leadership team,” Ann told Peggy. Ann credits her long-time treasurer Jon Marin for his “conscientious dedication to the union” and Angie McPherson, their local secretary, for her follow-through. “Angie gets things done, and she is always a voice for our members.”

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96 percent of WEAC local recertifications pass

Ninety-six percent of 2017 recertification elections for WEAC locals passed this fall, results released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission show. The overwhelming support for local unions to be recognized by the state as the bargaining agent in their districts mirrors similar results in these elections since 2011.

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Lighting the SPARK of learning in students

WEAC is welcoming Wisconsin Public School students and educators back to school with the launch of a statewide video promotion reminding parents and everyone in our communities about the critical role teachers and education support professionals play in lighting the spark of learning. WEAC’s SPARK video is reflective of our union – filmed and produced by members, for members.

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Why millennials should lead the next labor movement

Millennials can’t stand by and watch as the unions continue to decline and the middle class disappears, Janesville native Kashana Cauley writes in a New York Times article. “People like me, who have mental museums filled with memories of the stability that came with our parents’ union jobs, could be the perfect leaders of the next labor union renaissance,” she writes.

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WEAC is learning from the past and building for the future, WEAC President says

Inspired by the legacy handed down by our past leaders and encouraged by the incredible promise of our current and aspiring educators, the future of WEAC is very strong, WEAC President Ron Martin said Saturday at the 95th WEAC Representative Assembly. Despite what some media say, “It’s an exciting time to be a union member,” Martin said at the daylong Assembly in Stevens Point.

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Beloit teachers confront school board over deteriorating student discipline

Beloit teachers banded together last week and took their collective concerns about student discipline to the school board. According to the Beloit Daily News, hundreds of teachers and staff took turns addressing the board, including teacher Dustin Slusser who said high teacher turnover will become the norm if discipline is not restored in the schools.

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