Local 73 Voices: Mathew Ritter, Custodian at Carthage Elementary District #317

SEIU Local 73 represents more than 31,000 people, each with their own story to tell. “Local 73’s Voices” aims to highlight what makes our members so incredible. From what it means to be part of a union to what inspires their actions, we shine a light on the people who make our Local as unique as it is.

“It’s all about growing as an individual,” says Mathew Ritter. “It doesn’t matter where you start; it matters where you end up.” Ritter, a custodian and union steward at Carthage Elementary District #317, believes his hard work and positive attitude comes from the support of his family, friends, and fellow union members.

As an integral part of the operations of an elementary school, Ritter understands his work impacts the day-to-day performance of faculty, staff and students. He also knows his role as a union steward is equally important: “Being a steward is critical […] I do what I can within the scope of our union to do what’s best for everyone I work with.”

Check out the full interview below: