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Suzanne Sublette

Suzanne Sublette,
GTEA President

It’s been a busy fall for GTEA as we continue our advocacy and organizing work, and we have even bigger plans for the winter!

In October, GTEA Council members Jason Gerber, Ann Stotts, Colleen Aird, and I hosted WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen for a roundtable gathering. After taking a tour of Culinary Arts on the Racine Campus, Olsen met with Council members to discuss issues and concerns. In particular, we advocated for the development of a stronger technical college voice with WEAC.

In November, I attended the NEA’s Historically Black College and University Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit included a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with and lobby members of the Congressional Black Caucus on issues pertaining to higher education funding, union organizing, and diversity on college campuses.

In January, GTEA will hold our first annual Back to Basics School Supply Give-Away. Spearheaded by Membership Coordinator Robin Rupp, our Back to Basics campaign focuses on helping students attain some of what they need most—the basics!  We will be distributing pens, folders, and notebooks to hundreds of students during the first week of the spring semester in January. If you’re interested in helping to assemble or distribute Back to Basics kits, please let your representative know.

Also in January, GTEA will host a General Membership meeting on Friday, January 5, after in-service activities conclude. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Jason Gerber

Jason has taught math in General Studies for nine years.

Why am I in the union?

Well, first, saying that I did not know anything about unions before coming to Gateway is an understatement for me. I was actively hostile toward unions at one point in my life.

You might be wondering how I went from one extreme to the other. Well, it was all about getting involved. Being from a rural area, I wasn’t exposed to unions much.
It certainly wasn’t a positive topic on local radio.
I didn’t have any choice from the right-wing talk radio that I mistakenly took for news radio.

By attending GTEA meetings, which are open to anyone willing to join us, I learned that the union was really a democratic body looking out for the unit as a whole. They wanted what was best for the unit, not for themselves. And if you were willing, you could be involved or elected to any position that you wanted. No one cared that before being involved I was not union-friendly.

Once I understood that it was a democratic body looking out for everyone, I jumped right in. I have been GTEA treasurer for six years, and have been liaison for the region and the state. All because I got more involved, not that I was special. The more I got involved the more I realized GTEA was the only organization helping the profession.

A union membership can earn you different discounts and other perks, but it is about looking out for each other and our profession. I truly believe that if you get involved and meet more members, you will not be anything but impressed. We truly can make a difference for the college and the state and even the Nation.

GTEA Scholarships–now is the time to apply!


The Gateway Technical Education Association (GTEA) sponsors $500.00 scholarships to continuing students through the Gateway Foundation. Eligibility includes children, step-children, grandchildren, and spouses of current GTEA members.

The Continuing Student Scholarship is for current Gateway students who have completed at least three (3) credits at Gateway, have earned a minimum GPA of 2.0, are in good academic standing, and complete and submit the online application.

The online application process will take about two hours to complete. Read the directions carefully and be sure to answer all the questions including the one asking about the GTEA member in your family

The Gateway Foundation scholarship application form is available here.

The application deadline is October 8, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced in January 2018.

Questions? Contact Ellen Pedraza, Kenosha Campus GTEA Senior Representative, via:


NEA “ADVOCATE” Newsletter

GTEA (WEAC/NEA) members receive the Advocate as a part of their dues. The Advocate has contained a number of interesting articles for members of our profession, including a recent article  titled “The Color of Student Debt,” on the ratio of student debt burden by institution type and race.
This month’s issue had a compelling article on “Relational Advising.” Join our closed user Facebook group, and share a discussion on how you feel about Relational Advising.


A Voice for Our Profession on the Radio

Resistance Radio (WRRD, 1510AM) continues to air unique voices on teaching and education that have not been heard on Milwaukee airwaves in a very long time.

This coming Monday, July 24th, at 7:00 am, 1510AM’s Earl Ingram Show will be joined by Joanna Perez Rizzotto, a 21 year teacher, MPS parent and accomplished advocate for all education professions. 

In addition to being an active leader in her local, the South Milwaukee Education Association, Joanna is an innovative teacher of at-risk students and has served on multiple DPI committees. She offers an eloquent challenge to the “new normal” of testing, standardization, and market-based “reforms” that are doing so much harm in our public schools.

Tune in to Resistance Radio on Monday to hear a great educator’s voice on what is really going on in public education.


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