A New Energy And Commitment Bond Local Officers
Participants at the 1997 local officers meeting in Appleton
said they could feel a new level of energy, enthusiasm, and solidarity
building in the organization.
engaged in lively dialogue during the Local Officers Meeting. Among
them were Jo Trask, president of the Germantown Education Association.
The GEA is engaged in job actions to protest the school board's
unwillingness to bargain beyond the QEO. "Our membership has
come alive," Trask said.
More than 200 officers of local associations from throughout
the state discussed organizational goals, philosophies and strategies
September 27 at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. They engaged in a
wide variety of discussions, including how to repeal school district revenue
caps and the Qualified Economic Offer law. They reviewed statewide bargaining
goals and explored ways in which WEAC, the UniServs and local associations
can all work better together to accomplish goals.
"We have a focus and a dialogue going on about the
revenue caps and the QEO that we didn't have one year ago," said
Bob West, WEAC's director of collective bargaining. While WEAC members
never lose sight of the past, they keep their feet in the present and
their eyes on the future, he said.
Don Krahn, WEAC's deputy executive director, said WEAC has
become "a well-integrated organization that prepares rather than
reacts" and is "unafraid to do things differently." He
credited local leaders for strengthening WEAC. "You and your members
are WEAC and are WEAC's greatest asset," he said. "It takes
leadership to make things happen."
John Stocks, WEAC's director of government relations, credited
members for their growing involvement in legislative activity. He said
he wants to continue to build on that activity and develop an increasingly
vigorous offensive strategy in the Legislature. "Over the next year
we should rattle the organizational culture in WEAC," he said.
Major activities, he said, will focus on repealing the QEO,
electing pro-education candidates in 1998, completing passage of the WEAC
Legislative Agenda, improving public schools in Milwaukee, and defining
what exactly needs to be done to "Build on the Best" -- making
Wisconsin's excellent public education system even better by raising standards
About 210 local officers discussed a wide variety of topics at their
annual meeting in Appleton.
Photos by Bill Hurley
Posted September 30, 1997