Former teacher and Education Minnesota member, Tim Walz, is the governor of Minnesota. Walz taught for 20 years in the Mankato Public Schools. His wife, Gwen, is also an educator. Mary Cathryn Ricker will be the new Commissioner of Education pending approval by the MN Senate. Ricker most recently served as Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers. She is a teacher and past union president from St. Paul Public Schools. That’s right! A teacher leading at the Capitol and at MDE.
Legislators serving in our school district boundary include:
Senator Karla Bigham                                                     Senator Susan Kent
Representative Anne Claflin (newly elected)                Representative Tony Jurgens
Representative Steve Sandell (newly elected)              Representative Tou Xiong (newly elected)

 We look forward to working with the legislature, governor, and commissioner on public education and public sector union issues. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet with legislators to share our stories about staff and student safety, licensure, class size, caseloads, funding, health care, mental health needs, etc. Discussion and action on these issues are vital for the future of our public schools. 






The United Teachers of South Washington County is a local union serving the educators of South Washington County Schools.  Our union provides resources and services to over 1375 members. The UTSWC is affiliated with Education Minnesota, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.


​​​​​We are the UTSWC!

Educating, Collaborating, Advocating