California School Employees Association (CSEA) has been in existence since 1926. In 1964, Mt. San Antonio Chapter 262 was chartered to represent Classified Employees. CSEA has the exclusive bargaining rights with the District. Salaries, Health and Welfare Benefits, Holidays, Longevity, Personal Necessity Leave and Professional Growth Incentives are some of the things negotiated each year.
Membership is voluntary, but only members of CSEA may vote on negotiated items. A three year agreement with the District currently runs through June 30, 2017.
The college administration does not select Chapter Leaders — you do! Your union, CSEA, is a member-run organization, which means members like you have a voice in what the union does on your behalf. The college administration has no authority over CSEA, and is prohibited by law from trying to influence union activities, dissuading employees from joining unions, or retaliating against employees for joining unions or participating in union activities. Only you with your union vote can control CSEA, which is why educating yourself about your union, becoming aware of campus issues that affect all employees, and actively involving yourself in union activities is vital to the success of CSEA to act on your behalf.
The California School Employees Association is the largest classified school employees union in the United States. CSEA represents more than 190,000 public employees in California. CSEA was formed in 1927 by a determined group of Oakland custodians who saw the need to gain protections for themselves and other classified employees. Through this initial determination, CSEA proved to be an organization that would stand the test of time.
Statewide Organization The state is divided into ten geographic Areas. Each Area is represented by an Area Director elected by members in that Area. The Area Directors serve on the Board of Directors, along with five additional executive members of the Board who are elected at the annual CSEA conference.
The ten geographic Areas of CSEA are further divided into 70 Regions. Each Region is represented by a Regional Representative appointed by the State President. The Regional Representatives serve the State President for one year. Regional Representatives also serve on many crucial committees at the President's request.
CSEA is democratically controlled through members in more than 750 local chapters. Chapters elect officers, bargain collectively and implement CSEA programs locally. Chapters send delegates to the annual CSEA conference where resolutions and policies are discussed and the future direction for CSEA is democratically decided.
The professional staff is headed by the Executive Director at Headquarters in San Jose. Other services housed in San Jose Headquarters are: Accounting, Field Operations, Human Resources, Information Systems, Legal, Member Benefits, Office Services, Public Relations and Research.
CSEA is served by Labor Relations Representatives state-wide. The Labor Relations Representatives perform a range of professional services, working out of strategically located field offices, to better serve local membership.
CSEA also maintains a professional Governmental Relations staff. The Governmental Relations office is responsible for passing legislation favorable to the interests of classified employees. The Governmental Relations office is located adjacent to the state Capitol in Sacramento.
- CSEA Represents its members individually and collectively in more than 750 school districts.
- Defends its members through enforcement of the California Education Code and its collective bargaining agreements.
- Initiates and sponsors legislation to improve and protect the rights of classified employees.
Your CSEA dues money protects your paycheck, your job, and your family's medical benefits.Nothing is more fundamental than having stable employment. In fact, joining the union is one of the best investments you can make to protect your future income and job security. Look at how we're guaranteeing a better future:
- Classified Employees have one of the best-managed, well-funded pension systems in the nation.
- CSEA's founding fathers fought to get us a pension
- Thanks to a bill CSEA pushed through in 1999, the average classified pension went up by $100,000
- To protect our money and improve service, we have a voting representative on the PERS board
- ALL OF THE NEW DUES MONEY coming in from SB 1960 is being used to increase and improve service to local chapters.
- CSEA is hiring more professional negotiators so that our local chapter gets better service
- We're beefing up our legal team, so they can continue to protect our rights and benefits in court
- We're hiring more local organizers to help our chapter build more power and strength
Your CSEA dues money protects your paycheck, your job, and your family's medical benefits. Nothing is more fundamental than having stable employment. In fact, joining the union is one of the best investments you can make to protect your future income and job security.Classified employees have one of the best-managed, well-funded pension systems in the nation.
- CSEA's founding fathers fought to get us a pension
- Thanks to a bill CSEA pushed through in 1999, the average classified pension went up by $100,000!
- CSEA has two voting members on the CalPERS Board
With CSEA, we know our retirement funds will be there when we need them. The "Fair Share" service fee dues are being used to increase and improve services to local chapters.
- CSEA is hiring more professional negotiators so our local Chapter gets better service
- CSEA is beefing up its legal team, so they can continue to go to court to protect our rights and benefits
- CSEA is hiring more local organizers to help our Chapter build more power and strength
CSEA is expanding and improving our Chapter training programs
- CSEA has added a Chapter President's Retreat and Officer Skills training programs
- CSEA improved the Organizing Institute
- CSEA is now offering training at regional president's meetings to better serve our Chapter
CSEA is in the midst of an exciting renewal — changing and growing to meet the needs of today's classified professionals.