Our History is Our Future
2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Minnesota School Employees Association (MSEA) Delegate Assembly. As MSEA reached this important milestone, we are reminded to look to our history for guidance on the challenges yet to come. MSEA today is a non-profit union of classified public school workers, which traces its roots to the Minnesota Association of Auxiliary Personnel (MAAP). MAAP was created by the Minnesota Education Association (MEA), a forerunner of today’s teachers union – Education Minnesota. MAAP originally represented only teaching assistants and secretaries.
In 1980 the decision was made to include all school workers and MAAP left MEA and was renamed the Minnesota School Employees Association.
During the next four years, MSEA experienced rapid growth. This growth spurt was accompanied by increasing financial difficulties. By 1984 MSEA’s Delegate Assembly elected to affiliate with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Following affiliation, MSEA turned from organizing new units and focused on providing better representation and service to existing MSEA members.
In the summer of 1989 MSEA’s Board of Directors and staff drafted MSEA’s mission statement which has been MSEA’s guiding light.
In the early 1990s, MSEA began actively organizing new bargaining units. In 1995 the Delegate Assembly voted to leave SEIU and MSEA became an independent union once again. By the end of the 1990s, MSEA’s recently empowered members were experiencing their first serious strikes and contract campaigns.
In the past decade, MSEA has faced new challenges from without (attempted raids by the Teamsters, Operating Engineers and Education Minnesota) and within. In order to prepare ourselves to meet these new challenges, we must direct our focus to the core ideals contained in our mission statement – Growth, Dignity, Member Empowerment, Democracy, Fiscal Responsibility and Professionalism. By understanding our past, we are better able to shape our future. By adhering to our mission statement, the next 30 years will be as successful as the last 30 years!
|1980||Erika Polansky & |
Bev Dahlgren, Austin
|1980-81||Bev Dahlgren, Austin|
|1981-82||Bev Dahlgren, Austin||Mike Pirsch|
|1982-83||Bev Dahlgren, Austin &|
Lynette Miller, Rochester
|1983-84||Lynette Miller, Rochester||Mike Pirsch|
|1984-85||Lynette Miller, Rochester||Mike Pirsch|
|1985-86||Lynette Miller, |
|1986-87||Gayle Morehouse, Centennial||Glennis TerWisscha
|1987-88||Sue Ezell, St. Cloud||Nancy Crippen|
|1988-89||Sue Ezell, St. Cloud||Nancy Crippen|
|1989-90||Sue Ezell, St. Cloud||Nancy Crippen|
|1990-91||Sue Ezell, St. Cloud &|
Merldeen Feuerhak, Austin
|1991-92||Merldeen Feuerhak, Austin||Nancy Crippen|
|1992-93||Merldeen Feuerhak, Austin||Nancy Crippen|
|1993-94||Merldeen Feuerhak, Austin||Nancy Crippen|
|1994-95||Merldeen Feuerhak, Austin||Nancy Crippen|
|1995-96||Donna Michaelis, Willmar||Nancy Crippen|
|1996-97||Donna Michaelis, Willmar||Rose Roach|
|1997-98||Donna Michaelis, Willmar||Rose Roach|
|1998-99||Donna Michaelis, Willmar||Rose Roach|
|1999-00||Candy Richards, Moorhead||Rose Roach|
|2000-01||Diane Chapa, Eden Prairie||Rose Roach|
|2001-02||Diane Chapa, Eden Prairie||Rose Roach|
|2002-03||Diane Chapa, Eden Prairie||Peggy Byrne (Interim)|
|2003-04||Diane Chapa, Eden Prairie||Peggy Byrne|
|2004-05||Les Schermerhorn, Moorhead||Kevin Fahey|
|2005-06||Les Schermerhorn, Moorhead|
|2006-07||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Mary Kearney|
|2007-08||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Mary Kearney|
|2008-09||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Gary Johnson (Interim)
Christina L. Clark
|2009-10||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Christina L. Clark|
|2010-11||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Christina L. Clark|
|2011-12||Evan Mapes, Thief River Falls||Christina L. Clark|
|2012-13||Sue Ames, LaCrescent|
Mark Spangler, Mankato
|Christina L. Clark|
|2013-14||Deanne Glynn, Shakopee||Christina L. Clark
Gary Johnson (Interim)
|2014-15||Deanne Glynn, Shakopee||Tee McClenty|
|2015-16||Deanne Glynn, Shakopee||Tee McClenty|
|2016-17||Deanne Glynn, Shakopee|
Amy Woodford, Cass Lake (Acting)
Deanne Glynn (Interim)
|2017-18||Amy Woodford, Cass Lake||Deanne Glynn|
|2018-19||Amy Woodford, Cass Lake||Deanne Glynn|
|2019-20||Amy Woodford, Cass Lake||Deanne Glynn|
|2020-21||Amy Woodford, Cass Lake||Deanne Glynn|
Our Mission Statement
The Minnesota School Employees Association is a growing union which recognizes the dignity of the individual worker and the power of the organized body. It is a democratic union directed by its membership, and it is fiscally responsible to that membership. Through an empowered membership and a professional staff, MSEA provides the highest level of representation and service in the State of Minnesota.