CSEA has championed the rights of classified employees for nearly a century, transforming our members into respected partners of the education community. Today, we have a powerful, 91-percent membership rate and represent more than 250,000 employees throughout California, making us the largest classified school employee union in the nation.
“CSEA members have fought together to improve our quality of life, defend each other and our students, and further the values of our union and the belief that public education is fundamental to providing equal opportunity to all,” Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “When we stand together in our chapters, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. When we move together as one, we are unstoppable.”
Building strength through unity is at the heart of what makes CSEA such a powerful advocate for classified school employees. As a member-run union, democratically controlled by member volunteers in nearly 800 local chapters throughout the state, we stand for and with each other. Our strength lies in the fact that our union is not some organization we belong to, but rather together we are the union.
“When we work together with our coworkers to win better wages and benefits, when we fend off budget cuts and defend jobs, and when we show our members the power we have in numbers, we are making our union stronger,” Valdepeña said.
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