Representing more than 26,000 classified employees individually and collectively, PSE is the largest and most successful classified school employee union in Washington.
In today’s classrooms, instructional assistants and other paraeducators support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process. PSE helps paras navigate and succeed in this rapidly changing and challenging profession. We provide affordable training opportunities and seek greater recognition of their important instructional role in today’s public schools.
School security officers, playground supervisors and other classified employees face the demanding task of keeping our schools safe and secure for students and staff. PSE believes comprehensive, professional training must be provided to all classified employees involved in campus security and that better state funding is needed to pay for these positions.
Webmasters, network technicians and other technology employees are among the newest classifications in PSE. Today, the instructional process depends on reliable, high-speed Internet connections and computer systems. PSE is there to promote competitive wages and benefits so that our schools can keep the best and brightest technology employees.
At PSE, we know school bus drivers carry the most precious cargo around. That’s why we helped simplify new CDL testing requirements and are working to increase funding for pupil transportation. We also promoted a bill that would allow school district to place cameras on school bus stop paddles, an idea thought up by our members.
The technology has changed, but secretaries are still the people who keep our schools running smoothly. PSE has worked to streamline many state reporting requirements, including Becca runaway/truancy laws and ensure that secretaries receive the training they need to stay on top of their job and the technology that comes with it.
Maintenance and grounds
Maintaining a school is not like fixing a commercial property — it requires experts who understand what it takes to keep our schools running smoothly. PSE is working to protect these jobs and increase public works bid limits to prevent everyday maintenance and grounds work from getting contracted out to private companies.
Over time our union has grown larger and stronger by adding different classifications, but we still haven’t lost touch with the needs and concerns of custodians. Since the beginning, we’ve been negotiating better pay and benefits and winning professional recognition for custodians.
School cafeterias and the people who work in them play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children. PSE has been battling for higher nutritional standards against contracting-out of food services.