Improving the lives of our members, students and communities
CSEA was formed in 1927 when a determined group of Oakland custodians came together to secure pension benefits for school employees who could not afford to retire. Today, CSEA is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing nearly 250,000 school support staff throughout California.
CSEA members perform a wide range of essential work in our public schools and community colleges, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.
We are proud of our contributions toward California’s future, and we strive every day to carry out our mission to improve the lives of our members, students and communities.
CSEA strives to meet our organizational goals and build a stronger, more effective union.
CSEA members do the essential work that keeps our campuses safe, clean and efficient. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – we make a difference in our schools and communities.
From our founding in 1927 to the work we are doing today, CSEA has a proud history of improving the lives of our members and making a difference in our public schools and community colleges.