CSEA is fighting for your job at all levels

CSEA is fighting for your job at all levels – from the district office to the state capitol. During this year’s State Budget negotiations, CSEA played a significant role advocating for classified jobs and ensuring school funding remained at current levels. The 2020-21 budget includes "legislative intent language" that states all classified staff should be retained. Additionally, the budget prohibits layoffs and releases without cause for permanent and probationary employees in three sets of classifications: nutrition, transportation and custodial.


While many districts are supportive of their classified staff, some districts with poor financial management or adversarial relationships with their employees have targeted classified jobs as a means of balancing long-standing deficits, using the current pandemic to justify everything from furloughs and salary freezes to benefits cuts and hiring freezes. And despite this year’s state budget that provides the same level of education funding as last year with the legislative intent language stating the contrary, some districts have already issued layoff notices.


So, what should you do if you get laid off? First of all, remember that losing your job through no fault of your own can be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. However, there are some steps you can take to help ease the pain and get yourself back to work as quickly as possible, and CSEA would like to help.

Know your rights

If you are laid off, the district is required by law to give you 60 days’ notice. Districts must also bargain over the effects of a layoff or the decision to reduce hours. Many chapters have successfully negotiated layoff and reemployment provisions into their contracts. When your union is involved, it gives you a voice in determining your fate.

Continue your CSEA membership


While CSEA membership after layoff is optional, many members choose to retain their union membership. Whether by retaining active membership, switching to inactive membership

or joining the Retiree Unit, there are several ways to stay involved with CSEA and maintain your union benefits.

Surviving Layoffs


This publication provides dozens of resources for members who are laid off from their job. Learn about options for keeping health insurance, keeping your home, dealing with creditors and

understanding your retirement income...Learn More

File for unemployment

As soon as you receive a layoff notice, you should file an Unemployment Insurance claim with the  California Employment Development Department . The longer you wait to do this, the longer you'll go without a check.

Start your job search

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Keep your health coverage

Losing your health benefits can pose an even greater financial risk than losing your salary, especially during this pandemic. Uninsured medical costs can be devastating. However, if you lose your job or have your hours reduced, you don't have to lose your health benefits. Learn more about healthcare options in our Surviving Layoffs publication.

Pursue education and training

Now's the best time to sharpen your skills and create new job opportunities through education and training opportunities. Whether it means going back to school full time or attending a local workshop, consider all of your options. Learn more about CSEA’s free college program and other education resources at csea.com/education.

Take care of your finances

Union Plus offers credit counseling services, budgeting advice and no-fee debt management and bankruptcy counseling benefits, as well as job loss grants and other helpful programs to assist eligible union members facing hardships...Learn More

Call upon your CSEA family

CSEA is a family that is stronger than the district's bottom line. If you need help, talk to members of your CSEA chapter and let them know that you need help. They know that you would be there for them, just as they will be there for you.

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Get answers to frequently asked questions about layoffs and classified employees.