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You work hard to improve the lives of the students you serve. That's why we work hard to improve the lives of the members we serve.
As a CSEA member, you are represented at all levels. We're your advocate on the job and your personal support network of 250,000 members and 250 professional labor experts throughout the state. We have a proven record of success and a reputation for getting results.
Exclusive services and peace of mind
Basically, your CSEA membership is all about giving you the peace of mind you want and the opportunities you deserve. Beyond negotiating the best possible contracts for classified employees, we make sure our members' rights are always protected. CSEA also offers a wide range of programs to help its members both on and off the job, including: dozens of training programs, scholarship opportunities, member-only insurance programs, financial services, free legal assistance and much more.
Every member has a voice
While the services we offer our members are unmatched, it is the democracy of CSEA that really sets us apart. For nearly a century, CSEA has thrived as a democratic, member-governed union. That means, as a member, you are the union. All of our decision-making comes from the membership. From your local chapter to the state board of directors, CSEA's leadership is comprised of democratically elected volunteers who work regular classified jobs, just like you. Every member has a voice!
Why membership matters
Some employees take it for granted that their job and the benefits they receive are secure and permanent, but that is not the case. Every year, basic cost of living raises and pensions come under attack. Your membership and participation in CSEA help us fight for better pay raises, pension security, health insurance, sick leave and the other important benefits you and your family rely on. More importantly, CSEA gives us the opportunity to make improvements for all classified employees and the students we serve. Join us as we work together to make a difference!
Are you in?
I'm In for better pay and benefits
Our membership strength allows us to negotiate the best possible pay and benefits for you and your family. When it comes to securing good contracts, CSEA's staff and trained member negotiators are the best in the business—and with greater membership numbers and unity, we only get stronger.
I'm In for respect
At CSEA, we share a common belief that if we work hard, we have the right to be treated fairly. That's why CSEA union stewards, labor representatives, legal staff and other advocates make sure our members' rights are always protected.
I'm In to make a difference
Only members get to vote on their contract, chapter officers and other union issues. If you disagree with local leadership, run for office yourself. We rely on members like you to step forward and contribute new ideas and new energy. It's your union, and you're encouraged to get involved.
I'm In for my career
CSEA is an active member of the education community and a strong advocate for lifelong learning and professional growth. From union scholarships and grants to CSEA conferences, workshops and training opportunities, we offer you practical solutions to make the most of your job and your career.
I'm In for my family
CSEA takes care of you, so you can take care of your family. What's more, we also offer services and benefits for the ones you love. From our Humanitarian Fund that helps members in need to free legal assistance and education opportunities, we have you covered.
I'm In for member benefits
Members have access to a wide variety of money-saving benefits that include a free college benefit, scholarships and grants, auto and home insurance plans, and financial products and services. Members also save on everything from amusement park tickets to auto buying.
I'm In for improving our schools
CSEA is a respected and active member of the education community. We have sponsored important school safety laws and are advocates for adequate school funding, facilities and improved employee training and student services.
I'm In for retirement security
CSEA was founded in 1927 by a group of Oakland school custodians set out to secure retirement benefits. Today, their legacy is one that we fight to protect every day. Additionally, we help our members plan ahead for their retirement and make the most of their pension benefits.
I'm In for a stronger community
Helping our communities is what being a CSEA member is all about. Whether we’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, we serve our communities with the same pride that we serve our students and schools.