Welcome to Region 6
WEAC Region 6 is a regional organization that creates opportunities for local unions to empower their members to attain everything they want to achieve in their careers and their classrooms. Affiliated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association, the region, consisting of more than 80 local unions in school districts throughout southern and southwestern Wisconsin, provides professional assistance and expertise that local leaders and members can use for community organizing, local advocacy, professional development, member representation, legal advice and collective bargaining. All of this together helps the members of Region 6 maximize their potential in their classrooms, in the process maximizing their students’ opportunities to learn and grow.
A union’s strength is in its numbers, and WEAC Region 6 brings together almost 5,000 education employees in southern and southwestern Wisconsin.The new WEAC Region 6 helps each local develop and grow independently as it also gives all members access to greater resources—both human and material. Local associations know best what their members, schools and communities need.School employees have the best perspective on what is best for their students, and Region 6 amplifies the voice of school employees in discussions about how best to run schools and allocate resources.
Who Are We?
At the inaugural WEAC Region 6 Representative Assembly on May 31, 2014, RA delegates elected a full slate of leaders, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, executive committee, two political action committee co-chairs and five regional zone representatives. Any member who is a member of a Region 6 local is eligible to run for office.
All of the positions are responsible for attending one executive committee meeting per month, in addition to the three board of directors meetings held each year (fall, spring, summer), the Region 6 Representative Assembly (spring), and any zone-related activities necessary or assigned throughout the year. Note, the political action committee chair will meet as needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, and occasionally be asked to report in person to the board of directors and executive committee.
The executive committee supervises Region 6’s 10 full-time employees, including six directors and four support professionals. These staff members work in offices in Platteville, Janesville and Madison.
A Little History
After more than a year of planning, WEAC Region 6’s first official day as a regional union was September 1, 2014. The regional system is the next step in the evolution of the WEAC UniServ system that was created in the 1970s. A UniServ was a collection of neighboring local unions that organized themselves together to share costs and combine strengths. WEAC Region 6 combines the vast majority of the locals that had made up the Capital Area UniServ-North, Capital Area UniServ-South, Rock Valley Education Professionals and Southwest Education Association UniServs.
WEAC’s history traces back to 1853, when it began as a statewide educational organization of teachers and administrators called the Wisconsin Education Association. After passage of a collective bargaining law for public employees, it evolved into a statewide, pro-active education employees union and in 1972 changed its name to the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
Today, WEAC continues its work to improve the quality of life and work for its members in areas such as collective action, legislation, professional development and support and public relations. WEAC also makes life better for all of Wisconsin’s residents by championing efforts to protect children and the promise of public education.