Ed Summer builds union one conversation at a time

Madison Teachers Inc. member organizers visiting a summer school site.

The Education Summer program is off to a great start as over 60 WEAC members are initiating conversations with educators across Wisconsin. Fifteen local associations are partnering with the NEA and WEAC to engage in conversations over the summer months, resulting in over 140 new members already joining our union family.

“Listening is one of the most meaningful things our union can do for educators,” said Ron Martin, WEAC President. “Education Summer gives our yearlong approach to organizing a jump start and builds school leadership for the long run.”

Education Summer builds strong local associations with long-term organizing capacity. Educators develop their leadership skills as they visit their colleagues in their homes, at summer school and at association-sponsored events.

Through the program, the union hears firsthand from a diverse group of educators about what’s working in their schools, the challenges they face and how we can work together to develop solutions that benefit our students, educators and schools.