About Classified Employees


Classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools and community colleges up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.

From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of student.

Serving our schools and communities

Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.

CSEA is proud to represent more than 230,000 classified employees in California public schools and community colleges. These dedicated employees perform a wide range of essential work, 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.


Food Services

School Food Services

Our school cafeterias, food preparation centers and the caring employees who work in them all play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children. Read more

School Maintenance and Operations

From cleaning classrooms to performing skilled maintenance work, classified employees ensure that our schools are safe and comfortable places for students to learn. Read more

School Office and Clerical Services

Whether they work the front desk at an elementary school or manage files at the county office, secretaries and administrative support staff keep our schools running smoothly.  Read More

Paraeducators and other Instructional Assistants

In today’s classrooms, labs and career centers, paraeducators and other instructional assistants support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process.  Read more

Special Services

From campus security to computer programming, classified employees provide many specialized services to school districts and colleges statewide.  Read more

School Transportation Services

School bus drivers carry the most precious cargo: our children. That’s why school bus drivers, mechanics and other school transportation personnel are the safest and most qualified in the state.  Read more

CSEA proud to represent classified employees

The California School Employees Association is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing more than 215,000 school support staff throughout California.

CSEA members perform a wide range of vital services in California's 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.

Join CSEA

When you join CSEA, you put yourself in good company. CSEA members are respected professionals who are active and vocal advocates for public education. Within the education community, CSEA is the recognized union for classified employees—with a reputation for practical solutions, integrity and high professional standards.