MSEA is a union of nearly 6,000 classified public school
employees from over 60 school districts in Minnesota.


MSEA Represents:

MSEA Provides:

  • Paraprofessionals
  • Secretaries
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians
  • Food Service
  • Technicians
  • Contract negotiations & enforcement
  • Employee discipline representation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Grievance & arbitration handling
  • Unit leadership training
  • Legislative lobbying & monitoring



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PERB Board Elections

MSEA supports labor member, Marion Conwell, for the Public Employment Relations Board of Trustees.  Marion has served as an office paraprofessional labor member for over 20 years.  She is now retired and  running for the Retiree/Disability Representative seat on the PERB Board of Trustees to replace previously MSEA-endorsed, Louise Olson.  She states, "I am running for a seat on the Board of Trustees in order to further serve my community, to ask the tough questions and to protect the pensions that public employees work hard for."


Ballots will be mailed out on January 1st and can be received through January 31st.  PERB members can vote by mail, phone or web.  Please join MSEA in supporting Marion Conwell.




MSEA/Access To Savings

10.14.14:  MSEA is proud to announce Access to Savings, a Member-Only discount program offering members convenient and easily redeemable savings of up to 50% on:  dining, shopping, hotel & travel, auto rental & services, movies & entertainment, recreation, home & garden, health & beauty and more.  Over 300,000 participating national and local merchants. 


All MSEA members will receive their Members-Only Code in the mail very soon.  Once you receive your code - click on Access to Savings here (or on the Member Benefits page) to register and save! 




MSEA Core Training "Building Our Base"

AR2014Logo Mankato:  November 14-15

This workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of unions in the workplace - grievance handling, resolving disputes at the first step and writing grievances.  We will also learn the skills needed for collective bargaining including writing proposals and mobilizing around negotiations. 


Not sure how it all works?  Join us and find out - register now!




 MSEA Windom Unit Awards Scholarship

WindomScholarshipThe Windom Custodian/Food Service/Secretary Unit met this Spring at Godfather's for their End of the Year Get-Together.  The Unit sponsors a $100 scholarship available to full members and their children enrolled in a post-secondary school.  Tessie David-Martinez, daughter of Gregg Moller, was the lucky recipient of the scholarship this year.  A check from the Unit was sent to Worthington Community College to be applied to her tuition on her behalf.  Contratulations Tessie!   (photo:  Tessie David-Martinez & Chief Steward Jens Hansen)




 New Faces at MSEA


tee2014webTEE McCLENTY,  Executive Director
Tee has been involved in unions for more than 20 years.  As a member, she served in various roles as a steward, organizer, political activist, negotiation team member and as an executive board member.  Later, Tee was elected as an Executive Vice President.  In the union, she was a pension trustee, Director of Member Leadership & Development and Director of Negotiations for a large multi-employer hospital system.  She has experience working with FMCS, NLRB and BMS.  Tee is excited to join MSEA and looks forward to working in collaboration with the Board, staff and members.

angie2014webANGIE LIEN, Field Representative
Some of you may recognize Angie - she was an active MSEA mebmer for 20 years as a Special Ed Para/Sign Language Interpreter in Willmar.  Locally, she served as Chief Steward, Treasurer, Negotiation Team member and on the Insurance Committee.  Additionally, she served as Director on the MSEA Board and participated in numerous trainings offered by MSEA and the Labor Education Service.

dawn2014webDAWN MATTSON, Administrative Assistant
Dawn was hired in late August, just in time to help MSEA begin prepping for the new school year.  She's hit the ground running and is excited to see what the next year will bring for her new career with MSEA.  Dawn has been an Admin Assistant for 15+ years and enjoys helping people.  Feel free to contact Dawn with address changes, leadership updates and general questions.  She's here to help you!




 Rochester's First Para Set to Retire After 47 Years

DianaVogtROCHESTER POST BULLETIN - Diana Vogt was 18 years old when she got the call that changed her life.  "I might have a job for you," said a Rochester school administrator.  "You're going to be working with special ed students."  At the time, Vogt had no resume, no job experience.  Nor was there a job interview.  Simply a job offer.  And that is how Vogt, freshly graduated from John Marshall High School, got her job as Rochester's very first paraprofessional and made education history.  That's how they did things in 1965.  "He knew I liked kids, " Vogt said.  read more  


(Diana Vogt has been a proud member of MSEA since 1980.  She served for many years as Treasurer of her unit as well as MSEA's state Board of Directors.  Her dedication and commitment to Rochester's students and MSEA members is unparalleled and she will be missed tremendously.  Congratulations Diana!)





Did You Know?


Upcoming LES Skills Course:  Building Union Strength

The next LES Labor Studies course will be "People Power:  Building Union Strength Through Member Engagement" held 9AM-4PM on Sat, Dec 6.  This session will identify and explore effective methods of organizing that workers and unions can employ to build capacity and power.  Tuition is $50.  Registration deadline is November 26.  To register, call 612.624.5020 or email


View the entire LES Skills Courses 2014-15 schedule.  All classes are non-credit and open to all. 




Who Built Our Capitol?

LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE - Congratulations to LES for receiving a media award from the American Assn for State and Local History for the video documentary - Who Built Our Capitol? 


The video tells the story about the men and women who constructed the Minnesota State Capitol building, debuted on Twin Cities Public Television on Labor Day.


Missed it?  You can also view it online at Workday Minnesota.




 2014 MSEA August Rally "People Power"

2014ARLogoFifty-five members from 20 bargaining units gathered at beautiful Ruttger's to explore how they can affect real, positive changes in their workplace, in their privates lives and in society.  Oh yeah, and they had a lot of fun doing it!  read more




Construction of MN Vikings Stadium Will Be All-Union Job

Work on the new $763 million MN Vikings stadium (officially the "Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium") will be an all-union job.  Construction will involve an estimated 4 million work hours.  At construction peak, some 1,300-1,400 workers will be on-site.  The public authority which will own the stadium, the MN Sports Facilities Authority, required the project contractor to negotiate a "Project Labor Agreement" with the Mpls Building and Construction Trades Council.  A Project Labor Agreement serve a public purpose by ensuring that the work on the project continues on schedule without any labor disputes.  read more




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