How the Representative Assembly drives WEA


WEA is a member-driven, democratically governed organization and the annual Representative Assembly (RA) is its chief policy making body. Once a year, local associations select more than 1,000 WEA members to gather for RA.

Local associations attending RA hold an election among their membership to select delegates. Each local is allowed to bring one delegate per 60 members or major fraction thereof.

The annual meeting, which has a look and feel similar to a major political convention, provides a forum where WEA members can collaborate, debate and vote. Individual members and local associations submit New Business Items, New Resolutions or Amendments to Continuing Resolutions, Standing Rules, Bylaws, and WEA Constitution, which, when passed, set the organizational priorities for WEA for the coming year. 

RA delegates also elect the WEA President and Vice President every two years and NEA State Board Directors  when their varied terms are up.

2016 Representative Assembly in the books

The 2016 WEA RA was held at the Spokane Convention Center, April 7-9, 2016. Download a copy of the New Business Items, Continuing and New Resolutions, and Amendments to the Standing Rules and Constitution that passed.

You can also view delegate photos, videos and social media posts from 2016 WEA RA here

Future WEA Representative Assembly dates set 

  • 2017 – April 13-15 – Spokane Convention Center
  • 2018 – April 19-21 – Spokane Convention Center
  • 2019 – April 25-27 – Spokane Convention Center