Stand Up and Be Counted

In the next few weeks, there will be several chances for WEAC Region 6 members to have an impact on the future that we and our students confront. As a special education teacher in the Beloit School District, I intend to take full advantage of these opportunities, and I hope you do, too.

Specifically, I am talking about this spring’s elections, Region 6’s next board meeting, and the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly.

Our union’s democracy is one of its great strengths. We are an organization of educators for educators, and union leadership is responsive to members’ needs because we have the same needs. I am the Region 6 president and I am also a full-time teacher. All of the members of Region 6’s executive committee work full-time in a public school building near you.

You can see all of us in action along with the presidents of dozens of local unions at the March 10 Region 6 board of directors meeting. We have four board meetings per year, but this one is different, because when we conclude business we will host our first ever Region 6 Trivia Challenge at Babe’s Bar and Grill in Madison. All Region 6 members are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting and join us for fun, food, prizes, and to support our National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA RA) fund.

The NEA RA is composed of more than 10,000 delegates from throughout the United States. All of the delegates are public education employees like you and me: teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service workers, bus drivers and everyone who makes our great public schools succeed. In addition to raising money for the NEA RA fund, the WEAC Region 6 board has voted to support Region 6 NEA RA delegates directly. We will fund one attendee from each of the five Region 6 zones for expenses related to attending the June 30-July 5 2018 NEA RA in Minneapolis. Each local can submit one delegate’s name to the Region 6 office on or before March 15. If you want that delegate to be you, talk to the leaders in your local and throw your hat in the ring.

In the meantime, make sure you vote in the February 20 primary and the April 3 spring general election. Among other important local elections, there is the election of a state Supreme Court Justice that is of great importance for you and your students.

There is more information about NEA RA delegate funding, the March 10 board meeting and trivia challenge, and the February 20 primary throughout the most recent issue of Region 6’s SmartBoard newsletter. Read the articles, and if you still have questions don’t hesitate to call the office at 1-800-397-2287 or email me. Telling us what is on your mind is one more way to have your voice heard.

Kirah Zeilinger
President of WEAC Region 6