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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Myths and Realities

Saint Patrick did not introduce Christianity to Ireland. It was practiced there long before he was born. Nor did he banish snakes. Post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes. Saint Patrick is not the only patron saint of Ireland. He is one of three, along with Saint Columbia and Saint Brigit of Kildare. Patrick was a […]

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Let’s Talk about Talking

I have said this many times in these columns and in my conversations with Region 6 members, and it bears repeating as our region undertakes an exciting new project: Communication is everything. Great things often happen when union members talk to each other and our neighbors. The leaders and staff in WEAC Region 6 want […]

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Must Enter to Win

This Tuesday, Primary Election Day, brought more proof that great things can happen for people who show up. In low-turnout elections, the results were decided by a relatively small number of voters. And in a few places in WEAC Region 6, those voters were influenced by committed groups of hard working volunteers who worked closely […]

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Stand Up for Yourself

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 in no small part because we have the same needs. I am the Region 6 president and I am also a full-time social studies teacher at Oregon High School. We […]

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