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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MSEA Bids Farewell to Lori Carlson

Lori 2011 webIIt is with great sadness that MSEA bids farewell to Field Representative Lori Carlson, who passed away on December 5th, surrounded with love in her home after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.  Lori was a passionate advocate for the many units and  members she represented during her 18 years of dedicated service at MSEA.  Mentoring was also especially important to Lori, made evident by the countless hours she devoted to helping members learn and grown into strong unit leaders.  Her commitment to MSEA and her members will be greatly missed.




MSEA Core Training "Building Our Base" Wrap UpAR2014Logo

MSEA's Core Training, held in October (Bemidji) and November (Mankato), focused on the nuts and bolts of unions in the workplace:  resolving disputes, grievance handling, bargaining strategies and mobilizing around negotiations. 


Members from all over the state came together for two fun days of learning and networking. 

Curious what you missed?  read on




PERA Board Elections

MSEA supports labor member, Marion Conwell, for the Public Employee Retirement Association 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 PERA 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.  PERA 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! 




 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?


MSP Airport Workers Win Paid Sick Leave

12.15.14:  WORKDAY MINNESOTA - Workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will qualify for paid sick leace under a new policy adopted Monday by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.  The decision is being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will benefit thousands of workers.  read on




Upcoming LES Skills Courses

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS - Designed for new and experienced negotiators desiring to sharpen their skills, this course examines the legal framework for collective bargaining, the concept of bargaining power, negotiations prep, bargaining at the table and the process of mediation.  Held on two Saturdays, January 17 & 24 from 9AM-4PM.  Tuition is $100.  Registration deadline is January 9.  To register, call 612.624.5020 or email




Overview of the labor movement, its successes and challenges, in a global context.  Learn the structure, organization and evolution of the movement, the impact of union membership on workers and communities and discuss future directions.  Participate from anywhere, at times convenient to you. Held online February 1-28.  Tuition is $50.  Registration deadline is January 16.  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.




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