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What is a union and why does it matter?

Specht was elected president in April 2013 and assumed office July 1, 2013. She was re-elected in 2016 and 2019.

Burnham was elected vice president at the Representative Convention in 2019.

Rowe was elected secretary-treasurer in April 2013 and re-elected in 2016 and 2019.

Sara Gjerdrum was hired as executive director of Education Minnesota in November 2014. 

Profiles of the members elected to represent Education Minnesota members around the state. To determine which governing board member represents you, check this Election District map (PDF, 12 pages, 4MB).

Our Constitution and Bylaws, Statements of Principle, and other guiding documents

Members of our Council of Local Presidents, Ethnic and Minority Affairs Committee, Political Action Committee, Legislative Action Committee and Professional Advocacy Committee.

Video detailing Education Minnesota's origins and purpose.

Our purpose, structure, leaders and history.

Education Minnesota develops professional educators who are passionate, well trained and well supported. Joining means belonging to an organization dedicated to preparing students for successful lives.

Here's why belonging matters:

Our union is you and your colleagues coming together in a united effort. Find out more!

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We have 17 offices around the state including our headquarters in St. Paul.

A list of staff in offices around the state. View in the members-only section.

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Assist locals in the development and implementation of programs and activities related to membership growth, professional issues, collective bargaining, member rights, political action and community partnerships. Organize the unorganized education employee.

Lead organizers will use best organizing practices to develop and implement training, work directly with local leaders and members and coordinate work of temporary project organizers across a specific geographic turf. Within their turf, they will coordinate organizing work with field staff and local leaders, identify training needs, support temporary project organizers in meeting their goals, develop capacity and infrastructure in buildings, and oversee the day-to-day organizing activities.

Develop and coordinate member-led professional development programs for educators, support the effective use of best practices in adult learning, create new, on-going professional development opportunities for early career educators and help focus union programming on educators’ needs within their first ten years working in schools.

To help leaders and members of our higher education union build strong, viable organizations through leadership training and development. Coordinate and deliver the resources of Education Minnesota, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers. Promote membership in, and an ongoing commitment to, Education Minnesota, NEA and AFT.

The position requires lobbying effectively on behalf of Education Minnesota’s 80,000 plus educators, working with a team of policy & public affairs staff, member activists and other union staff to mobilize our membership in support of our legislative agenda, with an emphasis on preparing members for in-district meetings with legislators, Capitol visits, committee testimony, etc.

The project staff will implement Education Minnesota’s worksite relational organizing program. Project staffers will primarily interface with Education Minnesota members, leaders and staff in creating worksite level member unity teams in service of Education Minnesota member voter engagement and member action goals through May 2021.

The Education Minnesota Part-time Field Staff Program is designed to provide training and experience opportunities to members who desire to move into staff work as a career. Part-time staff shall continue in their current employment while in this program. The work assignment consists of about 300 hours of Education Minnesota employment per year.

Check this list of education job sites in Minnesota and the country.