PSE History

Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) is a labor union dedicated exclusively to representing classified educational support professionals in Washington state’s public education system. Our 30,000+ members play a vital role in the operation of early learning, K-12 and universities throughout the state.

All new PSE members receive the Welcome to PSE booklet when they are hired by a school district or university. Download a copy to your computer or request a booklet be sent to you.

No other labor organization in Washington represents educational support professionals with the power and might of PSE. We are constantly working on the front lines to improve the quality of our public education system and to gain better recognition for those women and men who often work behind the scenes to help our students succeed.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES OF WASHINGTON SEIU/LOCAL 1948 to secure rights, recognition, and respect for Education Support Professionals.

History

Washington Public School Employees, PSE’s precursor,  was created in 1948 by a small group of classified employees. In 1960, the organization changed its name to Public School Employees Association. That same year, the organization president pushed to replace the term “non-certificated” with “classified” to follow the lead of other states.

In 1967, the same year that Washington’s collective bargaining act was passed, the organization officially became Public School Employees of Washington.

Over the following decades, PSE has continued to fight for classified employees across the state.

In 2005, PSE affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to gain more strength by working with other classified school employees and union members in the state and nationally. We became SEIU Local 1948 and combined with other SEIU locals, we comprise the largest labor organization in the history of our state. To learn more about SEIU, click here.

 

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