You’re In!

As I write this, there are membership recruitment drives underway in all of Region 6’s locals. Our local union leaders are making sure everybody who is eligible to sign up is encouraged to join and talk about the union. When we meet with potential members we tell them how the union is making a difference […]

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It’s Okay to Admit that You Love Summer

August is past its midpoint. I am looking forward to getting back in my social studies classroom at Oregon High School, and all of the colleagues I know are excited to start the new school year. That does not mean we don’t love the summer. It’s not contradictory to lament the end of summer and […]

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Summer is Not Over

Sure, the Democratic and Republican party conventions are over and Fall Primary Election Day is next week, August 9. Summer School has ended in most districts. Some of us have already been back in our classrooms setting up for the new school year. Lesson planning never stops, but for many of us it is now […]

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They Hear Us

The Republican National Convention is underway, and I urge you to tune in and listen to the latest proposals for closing and privatizing public schools. It is hard to keep up, and the Convention does us the favor of putting all of the crazy new schemes in one place. Meanwhile, the recent National Democratic Party […]

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It Helps to Talk about the Unspeakable

We Americans have become far too accustomed to mass murder. That does not make the tragedy in Orlando on Saturday night any less horrifying or easier to comprehend. It goes without saying that our country has a long way to go. We have to find better ways of responding to gun violence, mental illness, terrorism, […]

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Justice Doesn’t Take a Holiday

The May 21 Region 6 Representative Assembly was not our “last meeting.” It is sometimes called that because it comes close to the end of the school year, but the fact is that just as we do not stop being teachers during the summer we also continue being union members and community activists. We have […]

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Newspaper Attributes School Board’s Common Sense to the Union

In an April 30 editorial, the Janesville Gazette claimed the Janesville School Board’s decision against a proposal to assess a health insurance coverage surcharge against the spouses of teachers was a product of “union influence.” The authors of the unsigned editorial wrote, “Five years after Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 supposedly devastated public employee unions […]

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Showing Appreciation

Next week, May 2-6, is the 2016 National Teacher Appreciation Week (#ThankATeacher) and May 3 is National Teacher Day. The National Education Association, which sponsors Teacher Appreciation Week along with the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), has also designated next week Member Appreciation Week. There are events and luncheons planned throughout Region 6 and the […]

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We Make Good Things Happen

Sometimes when we succeed we are forced to acknowledge that we are wrong about why we fail. Several good things have happened in WEAC Region 6 recently that are causes for celebration and also serve as this sobering reminder. The Beloit Education Association and Beloit Secretarial Union have been publicly celebrated by Beloit’s school administrators […]

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The Next Election

Let’s stop telling each other that the next election is the most important election of our lives. I can’t count how many times I have heard someone say that in the last 10 years. I think I have even heard myself say it a few times. Some elections might seem more important than others, but […]

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