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Meeting Dates - WAWMEA

posted Sep 8, 2017, 4:46 PM by Andrew Mente

Executive Board - 2nd Wednesday of each month

Rep. Assembly - 3rd Wednesday of each month


Exec. - Sept. 6

RA - Sept. 20  BR Lane

Exec - Oct.11

RA - Oct. 18  FLW

Exec - Nov. 8

RA - Nov 15  UEP Building

Exec- Dec. 13

RA - None in Dec.

Exec - Jan. 10

RA - Jan17  Central

Exec- Feb. 14

RA - Feb. 21  Hale

Exec- Mar. 14

RA - Mar. 21  Mitchell

Exec- April 11

RA - April 18 Pershing

Exec.-May 9th

RA - May 16  Hoover

Exec-June 6th


All members or interested members are invited to join us at our RAs.


Welcome New Teachers to WAWM!

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:58 AM by Andrew Mente

I wanted to welcome new teachers to the district once again.  We are glad you are now our colleagues, friends, and brothers & sisters in teaching.  We look forward to working with you over the next several years and having you be a part of our goals of making WAWM one of the best districts to work for.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us:  

Andrew P. Mente - mentea@my.uwstout.edu  414.559.5841 call/text  
Steve Cupery - cuperys@weac.org 262.853.5142  

  
Remember Andrew will be collecting membership forms Tuesday at 8 am at the entrance to Hale.  Remember to keep this form separate from your insurance/payroll/etc. forms.  

Meeting Dates for WAWMEA

posted Sep 19, 2016, 5:46 PM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 5:48 PM ]

All Active Members are invited and encouraged to attend the RAs.  We can only operate at our best when we have active participation.  Come tell us what you think and get involved!


Meeting         Date            Location
Sept. Exec. Sept. 21        UEP - Brookfield
Oct. RA         Oct. 19        UEP - Brookfield
Jan. RA         Jan 18        FLW
Feb. RA         Feb. 15        Jefferson
March RA        March 15        Mitchell
May RA         May 17th        Central 


*Executive Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month

Educator Effectiveness Help

posted Mar 24, 2016, 9:43 AM by Andrew Mente

WAWMEA is hosting two EE help sessions for members:

May 4th 3:15-5 at West Milw Intermediate Room 105

May 9th 3:45-5 at Wilson Elem Room 212

We would like all members to be comfortable with their EE, especially with it being tied to bonus pay.  If you need help or have any questions about EE or the Bonus Pay system, please plan on attending.

WAWMEA & WEAC Region 7 back Chris Larson for Co. Exec.

posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:35 AM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Feb 3, 2016, 6:16 PM ]

WAWMEA, WEAC Region 7, & Grassroots North Shore has endorsed Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive.


The primary election is Tuesday, February 16, and the spring election is Tuesday, April 5.                      

We view this election as critical for the future of Milwaukee County. This is why we feel so strongly:

1)      Since Chris Abele took office, he has worked to concentrate unprecedented authority in his own hands and to eliminate checks and balances on his arbitrary power. Abele worked with Scott Walker to change state law so that he has near-unilateral power to carry out the following:

  • Sell off County property such as the Mitchell airport, the zoo, public lakefront property, the Public Museum or the Historical Society. We expect he will likely escalate the privatization of the County Grounds in Tosa, and eliminate the remaining green space we have left. Chris Larson, as State Senator, led the fight in Madison to oppose the Republican led legislature’s change to state law which gives Abele this authority.  Chris Larson has vowed to work to reverse this power grab.
  • Take over Milwaukee Public Schools, despite Abele having no background in education. Chris Larson opposed this change in state law that Abele worked to pass. Larson believes in local control of education and has fought relentlessly to reinstate public education funding that was cut in Madison. He is a supporter of the Save Our Schools (SOS) efforts in Tosa and similar efforts in other local communities.

2)      Abele privatized jobs at the zoo and the Courthouse, outsourcing them to companies with low wages and meager benefits. He even vetoed the Mobile Food Market designed to bring healthy food to central city food deserts. When Chris Larson was on the County Board, he opposed the privatization of public services off the backs of the lowest paid employees in the County.

3)      Abele vetoed a Living Wage ordinance despite the fact that Milwaukee is the 9th poorest city in the nation. Chris Larson has been a strong supporter of a Living Wage ordinance, similar to ones that have been so successful in other major cities.

4)      Abele is chauffeured by his private guards in a Hollywood style limousine as part of a taxpayer-funded $100,000 contract, but vehemently opposed the Go-pass card that allows the elderly, the disabled and vets to ride the bus for free. Chris Larson is a strong supporter of public transit and a supporter of the Go-Pass.

5)      Chris Abele supports and has contributed to anti-Milwaukee conservative state Reps. Dale Kooyenga and Joe San Felippo, cementing an alliance with state Republicans who support his efforts to privatize County functions and undermine family supporting jobs.  Chris Larson, as a state Senator, has been a leader in Madison in opposing the Walker agenda, rather than financing the campaigns of Republican politicians who have devastated Milwaukee County with their agenda.

6)      As the chair of the MATC board appointment committee, Abele has played a key role in rejecting qualified applicants from Milwaukee County and appointing less qualified applicants from Ozaukee County, even though Ozaukee County represents a very small percentage of the MATC District. Several of his appointees are anti-employee and anti-public education. The result has been a dramatic decline in minority representation on the MATC Board in a college that is the state’s only majority minority college. Chris Larson is committed to an MATC Board that is diverse and not tied to special interests.

7)      While cutting wages and benefits for front line County employees, Abele has increased the salaries of his hand-picked cabinet members. Chris Larson has pledged that there will be no more favoritism and cronyism when he takes office.

8)      Abele vetoed funding for transit and parks and fired the award winning parks director, Sue Black. Chris Larson has been a strong environmental advocate throughout his life.

9)      Abele forced the bus drivers to strike by trying to turn full-time driver jobs into part-time employment at the very time Milwaukee is experiencing a crisis of good jobs. Chris Larson understands that you can’t build a vibrant Milwaukee County when the families who live here can’t even afford basic services.

10)     Now Chris Abele is trying to reinvent himself by using the vast wealth he inherited from his billionaire father to buy this election. He has spent unprecedented amounts of money on television ads and multiple numerous slick mailings. In his ads, he is taking credit for things he did not do and even for efforts he actually opposed. Chris Larson has been a champion of working people and the middle class for his entire career. He was a leader in opposing Act 10 and the other attacks on our way of life emanating from the state capitol. Chris Larson does not have great wealth but he does have integrity.

For all these reasons, WAWMEA, WEAC Region 7, & Grassroots Tosa strongly endorses the election of Senator Chris Larson as Milwaukee County Executive.

WAWMEA Recertifies Once Again!

posted Nov 27, 2015, 10:19 AM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 12:58 PM ]


Strong Message from West Allis West Milwaukee Educators

 

Recertification election results are in and once again the WAWM EA has won a big victory with an overwhelming 99% percent of actual voters and 80% percent of all possible voters, voicing their desire to maintain our Association’s legal certification.  We want to give thanks to all of you for this important vote of confidence, which we will never take for granted.

 

As part of Act 10, the recertification election process was designed to undermine the efforts of teachers and other public employees to maintain their local associations. The process is costly, time consuming, and holds local associations to an entirely unreasonable standard of achieving 51% support of all eligible voters (not just those who vote).  As we know from news 2014 general election reports about of the worst voter turnout in 72 years, no politician holding public office must meet such a standard. Nor do private sector employees or police or firefighters have to meet this standard to maintain their unions.

 

The recertification election has been an opportunity for us to send a strong message to our administration, school board and state level politicians, that we are united and determined to have a voice over livelihoods and working conditions. We are professionals and deserve to be treated with respect. Our overwhelming victory is a clear mandate. Our District needs to continue to respect our voice by dealing openly and fairly with the WAWM EA - our democratically run, representative organization.

 

Locally, the WAWM EA will persist in all our efforts to preserve and create compensation and learning conditions that attract and retain the very best professional educators. At the state level, we will continue to work to abolish the recertification requirement, overturn Act 10’s limits on our ability to associate with each other and negotiate with our employer, and restore the rights and respect that public educators deserve. 

 

The leadership of the WAWM EA would also like to take this opportunity to wish each of you safe travels and a terrific Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.

Recertification is Here

posted Nov 6, 2015, 3:46 AM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 10:20 AM ]

Voters who choose to vote online do so by logging on to  http://www.aaaelections.org/WERC and following the on-screen instructions for online voting.  Make sure you VOTE YES for recertification and submit your vote. Then CONFIRM your vote by selecting "yes" again. 



If you have problems casting your vote, report the problem as instructed and report it to our UniServ Director at (262) 789-6000 or cuperys@weac.org

Yet Another Reason to Support Our Efforts

posted Oct 27, 2015, 3:06 PM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 3:11 PM ]

"The evidence in this paper shows that parents' unionism has a significant relationship with their offspring's well-being"  Business Insider writes how union families and their kids are better off in the future.

Labor Unions Might Be Necessary

Want to get National Board Certified?

posted Oct 8, 2015, 4:39 PM by Andrew Mente

Check out the FREE workshops for helping you get your National Board Certification.  They are run by our Region 7 office, and are a great help for getting the prestigious certificate.

Check out the flyers if interested, and don't forget to RSVP!

PDP HELP! Free Workshops for Members

posted Sep 2, 2015, 3:18 PM by Andrew Mente   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 7:04 PM ]

Our Region (7) is putting on PDP workshops for all you teachers who need to fulfill your PI-34.  This is mainly for new teachers or teachers whose licences are up in '18, '19, or '20.

This is FREE for WAWMEA active members!  It takes nearly all the pain away from getting your PDP written, team found, approved, and submitted.  This is a great opportunity, so take advantage now by RSVPing.  

All dates and info are found on this form at the bottom of this page.

Also go to the DPI website for more info.




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